7 Ways to Stick To Your Workout

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Exercise has its many benefits. It improves your mood, helps you sleep better, and even help keep stress, depression and anxiety away. If you have been on an exercise regimen before, you also know that feeling too tired, too busy, or too old can make even the most enthusiastic people skip the gym. Knowing that exercise is important is often not enough to keep one motivated. Luckily there are ways that you can employ to help you stick to your workout.

Pair your workout with a treat

There are many things that can make your workout more enjoyable. Watching your favourite TV series you are on the stationary bike, creating a new running playlist, or preparing a delicious smoothie for your post workout are just some of the options. Whether it’s buying a new pair of leggings or scheduling a weekend hike with a friend, find what makes you excited to exercise. This helps you associate being active with something that you enjoy instead of dreading your next session.

Keep a workout diary

Keeping a workout diary helps strengthen your commitment to your workout. This will also help you keep track of your progress. Later on, you will be able to look back on where you started and how much you have improved.

There is strength in numbers

Whether they are called your ‘tribe’, ‘community’ or ‘workout buddies’, belonging to a supportive group adds fuel to your workout fire. Joining a group workout at the gym, using fitness apps, belonging to a fitness group on social media, or simply setting up sessions together with your friends can help you harness the power of community. This helps you stay motivated and encouraged.

Prepare to exercise

On days when you are not sure if you are going for a workout, don’t skip the preparation. Pack your workout bag, prep your post gym snacks and make sure your water bottle is filled. Often times, getting your things ready can help you get into the workout mentality.

Do favourite exercises

Some people like weight lifting while some find running as a soothing activity. Find the types of exercises you enjoy and do them. Look up different programs your gym or community offers. Activities such as Zumba, kickboxing or yoga are just some exercise that a lot of people enjoy. Keep trying new things to discover what your body prefers.

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Develop a “move more” mindset

Exercise should not be confined only to the four walls of the gym. Developing a “move more” mindset means incorporating movement into your day to day. Look for ways to add extra steps such as parking on the farther end or ditching the car for small distance errands. You will see that making chores count and finding workout opportunities are small changes that can make a big impact in keeping an active lifestyle.

Know your ‘Why’

Keeping a healthy diet and exercising regularly has a lot of benefits. It can help you achieve an amazing physique, keep you away from illnesses and give you more energy for day to day life. Whatever your reasons are, always remind yourself every day. When you know why exercise is important to you, your ‘Why’,  it is easier to wake up each day and make the time you spend on health a priority instead of an afterthought.