How to Stick to a Workout Routine – 9 Simple & Actionable Tips

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Tips For How to Stick to a Workout Routine

Generally, the best way to stick to a workout routine is to find something you enjoy and to work out at the same time each day.

It’s easy to always find an excuse not to work out – “I’m too tired,” “I’m not feeling well,” “I have a headache,” or “I’ve felt a twinge in my back.” And this excuses, complaints, and reasons why you’re not going to work out can definitely snowball on each other until all of a sudden, you’ve skipped your workout for 3 days in a row.

Tell yourself “I’m not going to make excuses about why I can’t work out today.” Instead, you’re going to come up with a plan for how you’re going to make it happen—even if it means having to work out at 5 AM in the morning.

Can You Do The Workout?

To maintain a regular workout routine, you need to do two things: make sure you have the time and energy to stay committed and choose workouts that genuinely interest you.

If you’re not sure about whether you have time for regular exercise, then check out these tips:

Schedule a meeting with yourself. This is a great way to get your mind off any urgent tasks, and get it focused on your task for the next hour or so.

Just because you finally finished that project doesn’t mean your work is over. If you are able to clear out your schedule for the rest of the day, then ask others for help.

Do what previous fitness-obsessed people have done before you ” keep a diary. You can use it to note everything from the time, place, duration, intensity level, and difficulty of your activity to descriptions of how you felt during and after it.

You are more likely to exercise if you can see the benefits that you’ve already reaped. If you don’t exercise often, even the smallest change in your weight or inches, or even your ability to lift heavier weights, can be a big an accomplishment in your eyes … and as your personal fitness coach and trainer, it’s your role to remind them that.

Does Your Workout Feel Stale?

One easy way to keep your workouts from feeling stale is to try a new style in the gym. Crossfit and Owasa Bootcamp are two popular workouts that many people new to working out have recently started participating in.

You only know if you like a workout if you try it! If you feel like you need some variety in your routine, a new style of exercise could be just what you need.

Also, it could be that what’s holding you back from working out isn’t the time needed to do it, but rather the mood that you’re in during that time.

A quick way to improve your mood is to dress to impress. Not only will you feel better about yourself, but you might be more likely to hit the gym when you have a great workout outfit waiting for you.

Last but not least, if you do stick with working out on a regular basis, you may find that your routine becomes so ingrained in your life that you’ll never feel the need to abandon it.

Keep Motivated!

To keep your motivation levels high, you should reward yourself after every successful workout.

Have a chat with yourself on how you should build positive habits.

This is not a race; you need to work out regularly and consistently for it to work.

Think about how long you have been working out for. Usually it takes 15 days for a habit to be ingrained in the subconscious mind.

This also means that in 15 days your body will adapt and will start craving for the workout.

This will keep your mind in the right place.

You will be more likely to want that workout, and you will believe in yourself.

This, in turn will drive you further towards your goal.

When you talk to yourself, explain to yourself that you started working out for your health.

This motivation will help you get out of your comfort zone and help keep you motivated.

This is another thing that might inspire you.

Knowing that your body is transforming itself internally will drive you to undergo pain for that moment of pleasure.

If you want to get a bit fancy, you can combine the first tip with some solid music.

For example, you start jogging without any music on and then you get a song stuck in your head. You know this catchy song is your workout song and it makes you want to keep at it.

Be Accountable!

Accountability partners are a wonderful way to get yourself to work out. Set up a schedule with a friend or family member where you keep them in the loop every day and commit to each other to go to the gym. This way, you ensure that you’ll get some time in and you’ll feel guilty if you don’t show up.

Using a friend or family member as a buddy to workout with also helps to hold you accountable for your diet since your nutrition plays a huge role in your workouts.

No Distractions! Stay The Course!

You know the feeling “ you decide to be active for the day, but during the day other things seem to take priority. You are constantly interrupted with distractions from co-workers, cellphone calls, text messages, television watching, and just getting caught up in the “hustle and bustle” of life.

It is easy for your workout session to take the path of least resistance.

You might choose to watch more of TV, to take an extra long lunch and make it last longer that the scheduled training session, or you might even plan to do the workout later in the day after your evening workout.

All of these can be effective strategies, but to maximize your chances for success, don’t allow any interruptions. Try to plan as many details of your day in advance for your scheduled workout.

If you are going to watch a recorded program, consider watching it another day. If you have calls or visits scheduled, try to shift them around to another time. If you have some important family or business talk that needs to be finished before your workout, schedule the talk after the workout session.

Any day that you carry out your plan and not allow any interruptions is a success and you have achieved it in the first place.

It is the little things that you do for yourself that make a big difference.

Fix Your Diet

When you have a diet that includes fast and simple carbohydrates such as ice cream, cookies, cakes, and the like, you’ll find that it’s harder to make rational decisions about exercise. It’s no wonder you decide not to make time for the gym when you eat things that will only make you feel tired later on.

Conversely, if you eat fairly high protein and fiber meals, then you’ll have more energy to burn.

Use Your Waistline as a Gauge

You have to watch what you’re putting inside your body, because when things don’t naturally go out, you have no choice but to work them off.

If you notice that you’re gaining weight, you know that you’re eating too many fats and sugars. Starting from the top with your daily meals is the best way to lose weight. Simply put, start eating less and more of the right things.

Get Some Sleep!

The most important thing to remember is that working out is stressful on the body, so you need to give it adequate time to recover.

To encourage muscle building, lift weights. But your body is also building itself back up bone, ligament, tendon, and everything else that depends on your muscles to function.

The process of repairing itself is called remodeling and involves even more stress on the body. While your muscles are in that recovery mode, your immune system is on high alert for any injuries.

Stress isn’t good for any of those areas so, as much as you may want to, don’t overdo your workouts. Build up your strength gradually and give your body some time to adjust to the new level of stress you’re putting on it, and you’ll be able to stick to a routine for longer.

If your body gets used to being worked out every day, it’ll never get a break and it’ll stop being able to repair itself.

If you’re just starting to workout, take it easy. Regular movement is much better for your body’s long-term health than working out all the time without a break.

Like What You’re Doing

If you only agree with seven out of these ten tips, pick the one or two that resonate with you and follow through with them. They will be your best friends in your fitness journey.

If you do not like what you’re doing, then change what you’re doing. Exercise is important, but it needs to be done in a way that you enjoy. There’s plenty of research to suggest that if you like what you’re doing, then you’ll be more likely to stick with it long-term.

Motivation is like a boomerang. It’ll only stick around if it’s welcomed.

You need to want to love your workouts. That’s a critical element of success. If you’re not excited about the process, then it’s going to be a lot harder to stick with it.

Find something that you enjoy. There are so many different types of workouts available, you’re bound to find one that you enjoy. But if you don’t, then ditch it for something else.

It’s Okay to Mess Up!

We are human and we have the tendency to falter in our consistency. It’s okay. What’s not okay however, is not taking action when you mess up. So if you feel like you have failed for the day, it doesn’t mean it’s the end.

The key is to get back on track.

So when we mess up, “What do we do then?” we ask. That’s where the second important factor comes into play.

Pick yourself up from rock bottom and ask, “What can I do differently?”

Hope This Helps!

Hopefully, this has given you some tips as to how to follow a workout routine. You can still eat whatever you want, as long as you follow this advice, you should lose weight!

There is something for everyone here, each of these is a tip that you can utilize in a way that works for you.

For someone who is brand new to working out, the key is to start small. Just find small things that you can build on. Don’t try to beat yourself up, there is no sense in that.

Instead, just set something small that you can do, and do it. Once you have done that, try and do a little more. It isn’t about the most effective, or the most optimal way to get fit and lose weight. It is simply just about finding some small way that you can manage to exercise every day.

At least, make sure that you have some idea of the kind of routine that you want to follow throughout the day. Get a book, or get on the Internet and do your research on what is available to you and start making a plan.

Even if you don’t start with any kind of plan, you can still start by just making sure that you have some idea of what you are doing throughout the day.