10 Tips for Sticking to your Workout Routine

10 Tips for Sticking to your Workout Routine

Did you know that 50% of gym members quit within the first six months? It’s very easy to start going gym and making a workout routine, but the hardest part is sticking to keeping a consistent enough schedule that it becomes a habit for life. Following a healthy routine is very easy in short term but is very difficult to keep sticking to it in long term.

Everyone knows exercising regularly is good for the mind, body, and soul. Regular exercise can ward off chronic disease, help control weight, improve sleep, boost self-esteem, and enhance balance/coordination. But work, school, family, social life, and other commitments eat up a massive chunk of our time—and there’s always something more urgent that needs your attention.

If you want to see results then you need to stick with your exercise routine rather than walk away from it. Here we are sharing 10 tips to stick to your exercise routine.

Chart your progress

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”- Peter Drucker.

Keep a track of everything you do if you’re serious about making real fitness gains over the long haul. Don’t trust your memory you might tend to forget basic facts easily. Chances are you won’t be able to remember how much weight pressed last week or how many miles you covered on last Sunday’s workout.

Keep a workout log, whether using a fitness diary or doing it online to keep track of body weight, body measurement, weekly running volume, calorie intake, lessons learned from previous sessions, and how to improve them your next time. These measures cover some of the best things you can do to improve your workout motivation and increases your chances of fitness success.

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Be patient

Nothing derails your workout routine faster than trying to do everything easily and quickly. If you want to stick to your schedule then be patient. Start with something that you can attain easily rather than something you finish miserably which will make it look unenjoyable and feel like a punishment.

Bring a friend

Having a workout partner in your corner can make the difference between skipping your sessions and staying on track. It might be the answer to all of your exercise motivation prayers. Workout friends provide a potent mix of accountability, support, motivation, and in some cases, healthy competition. You can run more miles, do more sets, and push yourself a little bit further when you have someone to motivate you.

Start with something easy

Focus on shorter bouts of exercise, something that is easy to do. The shorter-bout group logged more total workout time and exercised more days per week compared to the longer workout group.

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Breakout the whole process into small chunks

Working out doesn’t have to be a scary feat. Instead, start small. In a study among young women who were asked to start an exercise program, those who were assigned to multiple 10-minute workouts throughout the day stayed more committed than women who were asked to complete one continuous workout of up to 40 minutes.

Set reachable goals

Whether they are long-term goals or short-term goals, set a reachable, safe goal: you know yourself best! Forget all the workouts you are supposed to do and stick to what you like. If you stick to doing what you enjoy your calorie burn will be better off in the long run. Trying to force yourself to do something you don’t enjoy is the quickest way to sabotage your goals. Save this for later (if you have your heart set on it) and start with activities you genuinely enjoy.

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Embrace all the small achievements

Make sure you take the time between your workouts to celebrate! When starting a new exercise program, set yourself up for small wins and celebrate them. Focus on the better night’s sleep you may get after just one workout instead of the weight you hope to lose by the end of the month.

Reward yourself for motivation

As you log in more miles and lift more weights, it’s vital to celebrate progress along the way. Rewarding yourself will inspire you to perform better and push yourself a little bit harder. Don’t only reward yourself for significant accomplishments. Instead, remember to reward yourself for your hard work. Focus on the process, not just the results.

Make it a habit

Making it a habit is a key component of exercise success is to stick to your routine. It seems to be easier for people to maintain an exercise routine in the long term if they make it a habit and do it regularly.

Furthermore, making a schedule or exercising at the same time every day are good ways to sustain your routine and make it last.

Dont compare yourself with others

Comparing yourself to others — in any aspect of your life — only sets you up for failure. You will never be the same as someone else… and that’s a good thing! Eat foods to feel energized and exercise to feel fit and strong

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Simmi Kamboj is the Founder and Administrator of Ritiriwaz, your one-stop guide to Indian Culture and Tradition. She had a passion for writing about India's lifestyle, culture, tradition, travel, and is trying to cover all Indian Cultural aspects of Daily Life.