Posted on January 03 2018
It's a New Year and that probably means you're all kinds of motivated. Whether it's an organization project at home, a plan to advance in your career, or a plan to start a work out journey, sticking with the motivation is what most people struggle with. By mid-January, life is taking back over and that often means that our plans for the New Year fall to the wayside. It doesn't have to be this way! Sticking with consistency, especially when it comes to fitness, is extremely important for meeting our goals. Here are some awesomely motivating tips on how to become consistent with your workout routine.
Make fitness a habit rather than something you do out of motivation- To be completely frank, I lack a lot of motivation sometimes. If I relied solely on motivation to get me to the gym, I'd almost never go. In fact, this is what kept me out of a fitness routine for years. I thought with my chronic pain or my fatigue, I couldn't do it. Rather than relying on motivation, I started relying on the fact that fitness needed to become a habit. But there's something to keep in mind; a habit takes 30 days to perfect on average. This means, if you do it consistently for 30 days, you should have it as a habit at that point. Be patient, but willing to give it a shot.
Find a way to hold yourself accountable- There are many ways to hold yourself accountable and you will have to find one that works for you. Some suggestions might be; finding a workout buddy, rewarding yourself, or even just thinking about goals and why they are important to you. Whatever way you decide to hold yourself accountable, make sure that you keep this a part of your consistency in your workout routine.
Set short-term goals- When most of us start a fitness journey, we set long-term goals. While long-term goals are great, they can also be somewhat demotivating. If you are not seeing results right away, which is often the case with fitness, you might find yourself losing steam. Instead, set short-term goals that you can meet quickly after you start your journey. They don't even have to be visibly seen. In fact, I don't recommend that. A good goal for me when I first started was to be able to run consistently for 5 minutes straight on the treadmill. After I did that, I shot for 10 minutes and so on. Seeing myself get over these goal hurdles help me stay motivated and made me want to become more consistent in my workout routine because I knew I had to be to overcome them.
Make sure it's something you enjoy- When just starting out in a fitness journey, it's easy to get excited. However, that excitement wears off quickly if you haven't found something you enjoy yet. Try to find an activity that you enjoy in order to have excitement in your routine. This could be a new machine you've never tried at the gym, a new one-person sport, or maybe even a team sport. If there is something you've always wanted to try but never did, this would be an amazing opportunity to do just that.
Try exercising in the morning instead of in the afternoon or evening- A lot of the reasons why folks find it hard to be consistent in their workout routine is time. Time is a huge factor in my life, as in, I don't have enough of it. When I find myself too short on time, I try to exercise in the morning by simply getting up a little bit earlier than I normally would and fitting it into my day this way. Exercising in the morning also has a benefit of being the time when most people have the most energy, too. Plus, you can knock it out first thing and carry on with your day.
Make it part of your daily ritual- When something becomes part of our ritual, we are more likely to do it. Just like I discussed above about making it a habit, making it a part of your ritual at a specific time of the day can also help sink this in. For example, you might fit exercise in after work before you go home every day or in the morning after you brush your teeth.
Don't allow setbacks to drag out for too long- I have had many setbacks in my fitness journey. From injuries, to not enough time, and even vacations and trips. I have noticed that if I allow my setbacks to drag out too long, I get out of the habit and therefore, consistency. So, right after a setback I try to get right back into my routine and don’t allow myself to make excuses. Sometimes if it's been too long, this means I have to start over with making it a part of a habit again.
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