People always ask me how to sustain a workout program, for me working out is my outlet, its my therapy. I know not everyone would agree with me on that, so I put to together a list of 5 tips to sustain a workout program:
Different factors contribute to starting a workout program but what makes someone stick to it is the ability to measure progress along the way. Making a short list of measurable short and long term goals will help you track how your doing. Make goals challenging but achievable and celebrate small victories along the way.
Determining a workout schedule and planning workouts ahead of time will help you stay focused and find a fitting routine. Some workouts should have a purpose toward achieving your goals while others are chosen purely because you love the activity at hand.
- Get all aspects of your life in order
The more organized you are day-to-day the easier it will be to incorporate exercise into your life. Come up with a weekly plan to get all errands and chores done, do little things like pack your gym bag and your lunch the night before.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself
If you miss a workout or ate not one but 4 chocolate chip cookies last night, don’t let guilty feelings derail you. Things never go exactly the way we think they will, so let up on yourself, don’t view them as failures. Just get back to your program as soon as possible and don’t look back.
- View fitness and workouts as a lifestyle
If you choose to workout because you feel like you have to, you're not going to stick to it. You must want to live a healthy lifestyle and find which activities are not only great butt kicking workouts but also enjoyable and fun for you. Working out can’t be viewed as an inconvenience it needs to be a part of your life!
AUTHOR: Melissa Levy