Committing to a fitness regime is always easier said than done. Between work, social life, and the odd unforeseen circumstance that may arise now and again, there just never seems to be enough time in a day to fit in a great workout too. Unfortunately, when it comes to your personal fitness goals – whether they are weight loss or health related, giving a half-hearted effort just won’t do. The only way to see, feel, and maintain any tangible results from your workouts is to be consistent. If consistency just isn’t your forte, here are five tips to help you stay on top of your exercise plans.
1) Eliminate the source of any excuse before it disrupts your exercise plans.
Are you too rushed in the morning to properly pack your gym bag? If so, organize it the night before. Do you think that extra cup of coffee will prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep? If you know it will, then don’t drink it. While it’s easy to rationalize skipping a workout in the heat of the moment, it’s a lot harder to make any excuses if there’s absolutely no reason to be making one fom the beginning!
2) Integrate exercise into your everyday life, and don’t treat it as an isolated task.
There’s no reason why your daily workout needs to be treated any differently than your work, the act of eating, or even sleeping. The moment you start viewing exercise as an integral part of your day, is the moment you’ll actually start to miss it if a workout is skipped.
3) Spice up your exercise routine.
Don’t feel the need to confine your workouts to one type or place! In fact, there’s no faster way to get bored with your fitness regime than to always stick to the same activities. Incorporate a variety of physical activities into your exercise plan – a TRX class on Monday and Wednesdays, hit the gym on Tuesday and Thursdays, yoga on Fridays, and an outdoor hike on Saturdays, and suddenly, you’ll find that your routine no longer seems…well, routine.
4) Enlist the help of friends and partners to keep you accountable.
It’s a lot harder to back out of your fitness plans when another party is involved. Not only will you be letting yourself down, you also risk letting down your partner. This is exactly why signing up for classes, or hitting the gym with a friend is the best way to ensure that both of you actually follow through with the pre-scheduled workout!
5) At the end of the day, treat the idea of “staying fit and active” as a lifestyle choice.
The moment you decide to make leading a healthy and active life a priority, you’re in it for the long haul. Staying on top of your personal fitness isn’t just a short term commitment – it’s absolutely a lifestyle. Although you may still observe results from sporadic periods of consistent exercise, reaping any major health benefits require a lifelong dedication.
Written by AZ