It’s easy to talk about committing to your workout, but it’s not as easy to fully commit to your workout and sometimes you’ll feel yourself on the edge of burning out. Here are a few tips that will make your life a little easier on your path to smashing through those fitness goals you’ve got set.
1. Remember why you started
When you’re about to skip today’s workout to stay in and binge watch your favorite show (we’ve all been there and done that!), remind yourself of all the different reasons you started exercising. Whether you were getting ready for a special occasion, just got out of a relationship or you simply wanted to feel good about yourself, always keep that motivation in the back of your head. And ask yourself if you the How I Met Your Mother marathon is worth it.
2. Schedule a fixed time
Working out at the same time everyday can help you be more consistent. Especially early in the morning when your mind is too sleepy to think too much about it and before anything shows up in your day to ruin your workout. Do it everyday when the kids are still in bed or after you drop them off at school. Make it a habit to wake up an hour earlier and exercise before you go to work. And if this is impossible for you, do it right after work or even before you go to bed. Make it a habit, just like brushing your teeth or having your morning coffee. Eventually, you won’t even have to think about it.
3. Keep track of your progress
Take before and after pictures, share your journey on social media or keep a workout log. Whatever makes you feel more comfortable, do it. It’s always good to remind yourself of how far you’ve come. Recording how many miles you ran, how many records you broke or how long you’ve been committed to your workout can be a great motivator. Instead of comparing yourself to other people, use your own progress as an inspiration to keep going.
4. Find a buddy
It’s easy to bail out on a workout. But when you have a friend waiting for you at the gym, you’re going to think twice before you skip. You’re also likely to be more motivated and work out for longer when you have a partner there with you. But, choose your workout buddy wisely. You don’t want to end up at Starbucks every morning instead of getting your cardio on.
5. Change it up
Sticking to the same type of exercise for a long time will eventually cause your body to hit a plateau. This can leave you feeling frustrated, bored and even discourage you from exercising. That’s why it’s very important to keep things interesting and exercise different muscle groups.If you spend a lot of time on the treadmill, why not give a spinning class a go? If you only go to the gym to lift, how about you try Pilates for a change? This will not only spice things up but will also help you get in better shape.
And always remember how you feel after a good workout – that post-workout endorphin rush. Everyone has experienced this feeling at least once. And if you haven’t yet, then you’re definitely missing so go on and hit the gym now.