The start of the new year means that the gyms around town are packed for a few weeks as all those who made resolutions to get in shape try to stick with it. Go back to the same gym in March and you’ll likely find a much quieter gym! I have gone through seasons of consistently working out or missing out myself. However, there are a few tricks I have learned that have helped me become much more committed to my workouts than ever before over the last year. As a dietitian, I know the health benefits of working out, I just needed a little more motivation to make it a habit and stick with it. When it comes to working out, it is not easy for everyone, especially when it comes to starting out. Saying this though, it isn’t impossible. Maybe all it takes for one person to stick to their routine may be to check out sites like Mobile Mob, in the hopes of finding accessories for their Fitbit devices to take fitness more seriously. Or for someone else, watching a few videos online may give them the motivation they need to stay on top of their routine.
If you are planning on sticking to your workout routine until next New Years, check out these helpful tips below.
If you enjoy your workout, you are much more likely to get it done on a consistent basis than if you don’t enjoy it. For example, if you hate running, don’t make your new years resolution to run a half marathon. You aren’t going to stick with those training runs. Instead, find what excites you. Personally, I’ve found that I love strength training (ie. total body) classes. They are super tough, but I always walk out of class feeling like I really accomplished something. Find an activity that does the same for you.
2.) Schedule It.
I get it. We are all seriously so busy. However, exercise should be just as important as brushing your teeth or eating lunch everyday. Block out time in your schedule for your workouts and don’t budge when something else comes up. Your workout is equivalent to self-care and if you skip it, you’ll likely not be on top of your game for whatever else life throws at you.
3.) Try Something New.
Maybe you’ve been working out for years, but you’ve started to get bored. I used to run almost exclusively for exercise. It wasn’t until I was injured and started trying new classes that I realized how much I was missing out on! Even if you don’t want to give up running or your favorite workout, incorporating some other exercise will help build and strengthen different muscles. In fact, cross training often improves your performance in your go-to exercise.
4.) Download Inspiring Playlists.
Something about listening to great music can really get you in the mood to make the most of your workout. Create playlists on your phone that motivate you to finish your workout strong.
5.) Find a Workout Buddy.
Find a friend who is able to join you on workouts and schedule some together. It is much harder to skip a workout when you know you’ll be letting someone else down. Plus, having a friend in class or on a run with you makes it much more fun!
6.) Make it Convenient.
With so many great workout videos available online or through apps, you don’t even need a gym membership anymore! One of my favorite workout apps is the Nike Training Club App. Most workouts need minimal or no equipment and can often be done in your living room. Short on time? You can find many great 15 minute workouts! Purchase a few dumbbells, a yoga mat, or exercise band and you’ll be able to do most any workout from the convenience of your living room.
7.) Fuel Your Body with Healthy Food.
Lastly, if you aren’t giving your body the healthy foods you need to fuel your workouts, you aren’t going to feel like working out. Incorporate at least 3 servings of both fruits and non-starchy vegetables into your diet. (Favorite way to check off a serving of both fruits and veggies at breakfast? This strawberry pineapple smoothie!) Replace refined/processed carbs with whole grains and cut back on your sugar intake. Also, make sure to stay adequately hydrated by drinking at least 64 ounces of water, tea, or non-caloric beverages each day. Need some healthy eating inspiration? Click the recipes tab above! Also, stay tuned for a healthy workout snack recipe on Thursday.
What are your tips/tricks for sticking with your workout routine to achieve your fitness goals?