Why do so many of us vow that we’re going to work out, yet can’t stick with it?
According to Dr. Augusto Rodriguez, PhD in Kinesiology and professor at Northcentral University’s School of Education, the answers vary and can include everything from a lack of time to not enjoying the exercise to simply losing interest. But at the end of the day, these are just excuses.
Here are 10 things you can do to help you stick to your workout routine.
- Take Baby Steps: Expecting to run a marathon when you can’t even run to your mailbox isn’t realistic. Set small goals and celebrate your success along the way to stay motivated to reach the big end goal.
- Change it Up: If you do the same thing every day at the gym, not only does your body derive less benefit each time, your mind may become too bored to want to keep at it. Mix it up and keep your brain and body in the game.
- Buddy Up: Teaming up with an accountability partner is one of the best ways to keep yourself moving. Working out with someone who will push you can make gym time more fun.
- Eat Right: Just because you spent 30 minutes lifting weights doesn’t mean you should eat a high-calorie fast-food meal afterwards. Don’t sabotage your results by engaging in bad nutrition.
- Track it: Invest in a tool such as a Fitbit that will provide data that shows you’re making a difference. Fitness devices can help you track your workouts as you to mix things up throughout the week.
- Make it a habit: Make exercise an important daily ritual, just like brushing your teeth. If you make your workout a priority you won’t have to confront the urge to skip it.
- Compete: If you like a challenge, get your workout in the form of a tennis match, triathlon or 5K. The thrill of a competition can make your workout even more enjoyable.
- Rock out: Studies show that people who exercise while listening to music, do it more intensely than those who exercise without music. Pick adrenaline-boosting songs to get you revved up.
- Get it over with: Start with the exercise or activity that you like the least. That way you have the things you like more to look forward to.
- Plan ahead: Each Sunday, set up a schedule of varied workouts for the upcoming week. Create a plan B so that if you get stuck at work, you have an alternate exercise option like a yoga workout on YouTube, to get it done.