Do you have every desire to work out but find yourself skipping the gym all too frequently? Then you’re probably like every other person around! These tips will help you stick to your exercise routine, and keep you happy and healthy.
Wake up early! If you plan to work out before work, you will be more apt to just get up and go. This will eliminate the infamous “I’m too tired after a long day of work” excuse that prevents many of us from making it to the gym after a long day. Starting the day off with a work out will also boost your energy and leave you ready to tackle the day.
Have a back up plan for working out a home in case you miss the gym for a day. Invest in some hand weights, a yoga mat, and a big ball. Once you have the basics you can easily do an impromptu work out that doesn’t require you to go to a gym. Even pushes, sit-ups and some free weight exercises are better than nothing.
Keep a calendar of the days you work out. The days that you miss mark with a red “x” and the days you work out mark with a green “x”. After you miss two or three days in row the big red reminders are sure to urge you back to the gym.
Reward yourself every once in a while. After you have a great work out grab yourself a delicious healthy smoothie, or pick up that great book you’ve been dying to read.
Look the part. Buy yourself some great workout clothes that you feel great in. If you look the part, and feel good, you will be more willing and excited to put on that great outfit and go show it off.
Have a work out buddy! It’s always better to be accountable to someone other than yourself. Make a bet with your work out partner. If someone backs up of a work out, there’s a price to pay. The more creative and fun the bet you make, the more fun it will be to work out, and prove to one another that you can.
Make sure you have pump up music to get you going. Listening to a great playlist while you work out will give you energy and make it fun to work out along with the beat of the music.
Avoid the scale! Don’t weight yourself. If you absolutely need to, do so only every few months. Even if you are working out and burning calories, if you are building muscle, muscle weights more than fat, so the scale will be an inaccurate interpretation for you and may make you feel discouraged.
Switch it up! Try different classes (there’s anything from kickboxing to Zumba available at most gyms), use a variety of gym equipment and switch up your work out routine. This will prevent you from becoming bored doing the same work out day in and day out.
Make it cost you! It’s more likely you will go workout if you are paying for classes or a gym membership. If your workout routine only involves “running outside”, you will be more likely to skip out of working out because it isn’t costing you anything. If you’re paying for it, you will work out more often.