You’ve heard of and have likely experienced it – making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle through exercise, but not keeping up with the routines. The physical exertion can be exhausting, and it can be easy to come up with reasons not to work out.
However, knowing why you don’t usually stick to your fitness goals and implementing preventive steps that will keep you from abandoning your exercises can motivate you. There are many ways to do this, but here are three great ones.
1. Track your progress
There’s enough to consider when working out without writing everything down, from the right clothing, to the best sneakers, to healthy eating that fuels your exercises and even finding the time to work out. However, without any real way of tracking your progress, how can you truly measure your hard work?
A mirror check is an unreliable method of following your progress, so jot it down instead. Yes, you’re probably exhausted after a jog, but quickly noting the distance you traveled when you get home or taking a snapshot with your smartphone after a treadmill session will let you know what you’ve achieved. Remember to write these down on a calendar. Every time you note your numbers for the day, you’ll see how far you’ve come.
2. Bring a buddy
If you’ve made the commitment to fit living, share your plans with a friend. This way, if you try to avoid exercising for a day, your friend will be there to encourage you. Additionally, there’s the responsibility of not letting your workout buddy down. This can also be a great way for the family to spend time together. Go on a daily jog with your partner or the kids. This way, there’s no chance of escaping your exercise partner and you’ll encourage healthier living for everyone.
3. Reward yourself
All too often, people who strive for healthy lifestyles tell themselves that increasing their metabolism or shedding excess fat is reward enough. But for many others, it isn’t. If you’re not keeping track of your progress and are relying on visual checks, knowing that you’re exercising may not be enough of a reward to keep you motivated. In these cases, consider other rewards for yourself, but ones that don’t set you back in your goals. Go for a nice massage or take the family out for an adventure whenever you reach a milestone.
Staying fit doesn’t have to be a challenge if you analyze what may lead you to give up your workouts. Implement a system that will keep you in the routines and reap the many benefits of fit living.