Tips on Sticking to Your Exercise Routine

Posted: January 29, 2014 in Fitness, fitness classes, Goals, Motivation
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We all know why exercise is important. It is necessary for us to remain active in order to stay healthy and look and feel better. If we want a healthy and happy life, we need to exercise. So, why is it so hard for us to get moving and stay moving? The facts seem to be that knowing how and why we exercise may not be enough. We need to find the willpower and motivation needed to stick with our exercise routines. Here are just a few tips we have gathered to help you keep your exercise routine on the right track.

  1. Find your motivation. You need to decide what motivates you. Everyone is different and so are their reasons to exercise. You have to discover what your motivation is and remember it to keep you on your path to staying fit. Therefore, your motivation has to be something truly important to you that will help you get up off the couch and get active.

  2. Set attainable goals. You want to be able to reach your goals with a little hard work; however, you do not want to push yourself too far too fast. It can make you quit your fitness routine, especially if you believe you are not achieving the results you want. If your goals are too easy to reach, you may become bored and quit your routine. If your goals are too far out of reach, you are setting yourself up for failure. This failure may also cause you to quit, so it is important to find that happy medium. You need to set goals that require you to put forth some effort.

  3. Choose a physical activity you enjoy. So many of us think of exercise as work, but if you can change your mindset, you can easily stick to your fitness routine. You do not have to go to the gym and walk for hours on a treadmill to get fit. You can dance, skate, swim, take karate or yoga. You can do anything you want, so pick something that excites you and makes you look forward to doing it.

  4. Schedule your workouts. It can be difficult for us to fit an exercise routine into our hectic schedules. We have to make our fitness routines a top priority, and in order to do that, we need to make room for it on our schedules. We can not just sit around and hope some free time will magically open up for us to exercise. It will never work that way. We have to plan ahead and put in specific times for our workouts. It is important to stick to those times and avoid any excuses that may come up to make us reschedule or skip our routines.

  5. Overcome any setbacks. If you skip a day or cheat on your diet, you need to jump right back on the horse. Many people see this as failure and tend to take it too hard. They may become frustrated and quit. However, you need to remember that you are better than this. Everyone deserves a little break now and then, and you should not let this get to you. You need to find the willpower to overcome any type of setback and remember your motivation and all your goals. It is up to you to remain motivated.

Staying fit and healthy is important to all of us. We need to find ways that can help us stick to our exercise routines and achieve our goals. For most of us this means that we need to experiment with different techniques and choose the ones that are the best fit for us and gives us the best results. You can look for tips on the internet, ask your friends or come up with them on your own. The most important part is finding something that can give you a boost in achieving your fitness goals.


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