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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hoping these 7 ways will help you stick to your workout!
Ugh – it’s all about the motivation for me. I definitely will try to bribe myself though 😉
I do this too sometimes and it helps. Best of luck!
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.
Photos or videos are great ways! I keep forgetting to do this lol!
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 🙂
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.
It’s certainly difficult to do it alone. It’s also fine to stop and re-try again!
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.
You are welcome and good for you!
Definitely will try some of these !!
Awesome! Hoping they help you stick to your fitness routine!
Thanks for the tips!
Thank you for the inspiration
When I was working out, I found rewards very healthy as long as they are not food rewards.
Yes, of course:)
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.
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!
some really great tips
i like the idea of rewarding myself
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 .
Some Great advice.
I need all the help and direction I can find.
I had to read this article again for more incentive.
I had to read this again.