Working out won’t do much if you don’t stick with it. Without a regular routine, it’s easy for that muscle you built to melt away and the fat to come back. At the same time, staying motivated can be difficult. Use these tips to help you stay motivated so you can be fit and healthy for the long run.
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
Remember what you’ll gain by exercising and why you started in the first place. Maybe you want to reduce your risk of health conditions, gain strength, look better and/or feel better -- both mentally and physically. Maybe it’s a promise you made to your kids or to yourself. Whatever your reason, write it down and revisit when you need a motivation kick.
Get a Personal Trainer
While it can be easy to make excuses and let yourself off the hook from a workout, being held accountable with personal training can help you stay on track. Also, while many people get frustrated by their results and boring workouts over time, a personal trainer will adapt your workout so you can keep seeing results and mix up your routine.
Make Fitness Easy
When you have barriers in your way, working out seems like a struggle that's easy to give up. But taking some steps to make exercising easier will help you stick with it. For example, have your workout clothes and equipment easily accessible. Also, have go-to workouts you can count on. Put working out into your schedule and stick to it, even if you adapt the intensity.
Make Goals and Track Workouts
Instead of working out with no aim, make concrete goals for your workouts. It helps to have long-term goals along with short-term goals to help you get there. Your goals could be focused on the length of your workouts, the intensity, how many calories to burn or how much weight to lose. Or maybe you want to focus on fitting into certain clothes, tightening your body or competing in a fitness contest. It's up to you. Then, track your progress by writing it down or using technology. Pay attention to your patterns -- celebrate the successes and learn from the off-days.
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