5 Ways to Stick to Your Workout Regimen

The following is a guest post by Heather Johnson.

Not everyone can get geared up to workout on a consistent basis. Many of us only get the urge when we’re feeling particularly gross about our bodies that day. After a week or so of working out we don’t feel the urge to stay on top of our exercise regimen. Those of us that fall into this trap know it’s faulty reasoning to believe that exercising in short spurts every now and again is actually helping us stay fit. We need extra motivation to hit the gym or go for a run on a regular basis. Finding that motivation is the only we can take ownership of our exercise situation. Here are a few tips to consider the next time you’re looking for that emotional lift that you need to get off the couch and into the gym:

  1. Get out of the rut. If you’re getting tired of your same jogging route or the same gym every day then it’s time to switch it up before you grow so bored that you stop working out instead. Find a new neighborhood to run in or ask around and find a new gym that may have more to offer than your current spot.
  2. Set reasonable goals. If you make outlandish goals you’re setting yourself up for disappointment when you fail to reach them. Reassess your goals and make sure they’re somewhat fair. You know your body better than anyone else and only you know what your limitations are. Plan accordingly and figure out a workout routine that you know you can follow and one that will align itself with your goals if followed properly.
  3. Pick up a sport. If you’re growing tired of simply lifting weights and running on a treadmill then find a sport that offers a rigorous workout. Bicycling, swimming and basketball are all great alternatives to the boring workout routine at your local gym.
  4. Stop thinking about what you’re doing. Set up your treadmill in front of a television or listen to your favorite song list on your iPod to distract yourself from your mundane workout.
  5. Set up a rewards system. It’s one of the most basic principles in life: if you set up a reward for your efforts then you’re more apt to follow through on the required activity to earn your reward. Maybe you run five days in a row and you give yourself a day off. Maybe you lose ten pounds and you treat yourself to your favorite ice cream.

This post was contributed by Heather Johnson, who writes on the subject of online nursing school. She invites your feedback at heatherjohnson2323@gmail.com.

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