7 Ways to Actually Stick to Your Workout

| January 21, 2019 | 27 Comments

7 Ways to Actually Stick to Your Workout

So you’re motivated to start with your workout routine. That’s great- you took the first step, but what next? A lot of people who start with a workout routine barely stick to it till the end, and there are several reasons why that could happen.

7 Ways to Actually Stick to Your Workout
Workout ball and bands

To make sure that doesn’t happen to you, here’s a little help. Keep reading to discover 7 ways to actually stick to your workout.

1. Get Some Competition

There’s no better way than some healthy competition to keep you going on your workout routine- having a buddy that has similar fitness goals as you do can really help, and it can not just keep you motivated, but also more likely to stick to your workout in the long run.

7 Ways to Actually Stick to Your Workout
People working out together

2. Share it

It doesn’t matter if you have a hundred followers or thousands, sharing your workout progress on social media is another way to keep yourself accountable and ready to go with your routine. You may be surprised at how many other people you encourage along the way, and in general, it is a really effective way to actually stick to the plan.

7 Ways to Actually Stick to Your Workout
Woman looking at her cellphone.

3. Make a Video Diary

Making a video diary to record your progress everyday is also a good way to get yourself to stick to your workout routine. Record your achievements, and look back at older videos to see how far you have come and how much progress you have made- it will encourage you to put in even more effort.

4. Reward Yourself

Everyone loves rewards, and if you’ve managed to stick to your workout routine for a longer period of time than you had expected, don’t hesitate to reward yourself for it. It’ll help push you forward and will encourage you to keep going.

7 Ways to Actually Stick to Your Workout
7 Ways to Actually Stick to Your Workout

5. Take Baby Steps

Keep record of your progress and appreciate the steps you take towards sticking to your workout routine- no matter how small it is. Prioritize and make sure your workout sessions play a key role in your day’s activities. Every small step that you take towards your workout goals counts and makes a huge difference.

7 Ways to Actually Stick to Your Workout
Woman doing yoga.

6. Mix it Up

A good way to get you to be more motivated towards achieving your fitness goals is to mix things up and keep it interesting. After all, who can stick to the same old boring gym class everyday? Try to include a little swimming, hiking, brisk walking, yoga and other forms of exercise into your routine.

7. Buy Workout Clothes

Sometimes, a change of wardrobe can really work wonders and get you ready to workout with passion and energy. If your workout clothes make you feel crappy and just dull, go out and get some new ones. You may not want to spend a lot on gym shorts or tights and comfortable socks, but consider it an investment to keep you going on your fitness goals.

7 Ways to Actually Stick to Your Workout
Workout apparel

Hoping these 7 ways will help you stick to your workout!

Do you have any tips to share? comment below!

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. LisaM says:

    Ugh – it’s all about the motivation for me. I definitely will try to bribe myself though 😉

  2. Jenn Erin says:

    Great tips! I like the idea of making a video diary. It can be hard to notice non-scale victories day to day but video or photo comparisons would really help me see the progress – even the tiny ones – made along the way.

  3. Erin N says:

    I have done a couple of these, like buying new workout clothes.. I wear them to lounge around at home, lol! I think I need to commit with a friend or something.. It is so hard to get the motivation for me! Thank you for the tips 🙂

  4. Deb Dorrington says:

    I just cannot stay motivated for any length of time. I need a workout buddy but none of my friends will step up. I have purchased new workout gear and joined a gym but I just cannot stick with it.

  5. micheline says:

    Thank you for the tips, I’m busy for April but then May-Sept I am devoting to me–get in shape and hopefully build my lung strength.

  6. Robyn Brooks says:

    Definitely will try some of these !!

  7. Robyn Brooks says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  8. Shirley says:

    Thank you for the inspiration

  9. JoKing says:

    When I was working out, I found rewards very healthy as long as they are not food rewards.

  10. Clifford Perkins says:

    I am eating healthier and have started walking to get in some cardio. My next step is joining a gym but since I haven’t been to one in a long time I feel a bit intimidated being so out of shape.

  11. Valerie Gibson says:

    Pick a type of exercise you truly enjoy. In my case, that’s working out in the swimming pool. I can do aquafit-class-type exercises or mix in some laps. There are almost always friendly people in the pool to chat with or at least exchange smiles with. The variety and the friendliness provide positive reinforcement that keeps me going back – that and the hot tub!

  12. mrdisco says:

    some really great tips

  13. Angela Duku says:

    Great tips

  14. mrdisco says:

    i like the idea of rewarding myself

  15. Leanne says:

    It’s so easy to start a workout routine but after a few days I tend to make excuses. These are great tips . It seems a lot harder to get the motivation to workout in the winter .

  16. Martha Martin says:

    Some Great advice.

  17. Lauren Martin says:

    I need all the help and direction I can find.

  18. Lauren Martin says:

    I had to read this article again for more incentive.

  19. Lauren Martin says:

    I had to read this again.

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