Whatever your fitness goals may be, committing to doing exercise on a regular basis can be a little daunting for some. The first step is always the hardest, but what about when you’ve successfully started exercising regularly?
How do you stick to your exercise plan longer term? Well, you’re in luck because we’ve put together our top tips for integrating regular exercise into your routine, and sticking to it for the long haul.
Putting these tips into practice will help you stick to your exercise plan and keep you coming back to the gym time after time. Even after you’ve forgotten about those resolutions you made on the 1st of January!
- Ease yourself into it
There’s something nice about a little bit of muscle ache the day after a hard workout to remind you of the effort you put into it. But be careful not to push yourself too hard too soon. Start by doing what feels right for your current level of fitness, and when that gets easy, go harder. Before you know it you’ll be smashing those fitness goals!
- Find workouts that you enjoy
Finding workout techniques or fitness classes that you enjoy can help keep you motivated to leave the house on those days when the gym feels like too much effort. And because of all the fun you’re having, you might even be tricked into working harder than you normally would. Who knew exercise could actually be fun!?
- Get a gym buddy
There’s no doubt about it, joining the gym with a friend is fantastic for motivation. When you’re not in the mood to exercise, having a friend to remind you how great you always feel after a session at the gym might just be the extra push you need to get off the sofa. Plus, it’s harder to cancel a workout when your friend is waiting for their gym buddy to arrive!
- Vary your workouts
Repetition can get pretty boring, and guess what, the same goes for repeating your workouts. Doing the same exercises week in, week out is not going to do anything for your motivation, or your progress. Mixing up your workouts keeps things new and interesting, and keeps that inner drive going to stick to your exercise plan. Varying the types of exercise you do can also improve your workout performance and help avoid plateaus in your level of fitness.
- Track your activity
Tracking your activity is great for highlighting progress. Once you’ve established a regular exercise routine it can be easy to become demotivated and forget what you’ve achieved. Tracking is the perfect way to remind yourself of how far you’ve come, and keep your fitness goals firmly in sight. You don’t need a fancy fitness tracker to do this, simply record your achievements in a diary.
We hope these tips will go some way to helping you in your quest to stick to your exercise plan! If you have questions about keeping fit, or have specific goals that you’d like help with, get in touch with one of our personal trainers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01524 389616.
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