Maintaining An Exercise Routine

August 18, 2023

We all know how important it is to exercise and to make healthy food choices.  There are times in our lives when keeping an exercise routine and staying on track with healthy eating habits can be more challenging than other times of our lives.  First things first.  Do not go down a shame spiral if you are having a challenging time.  It will only make things worse.  Take it one day at a time.  Want some tips on how to maintain an exercise routine?

Ways To Maintain An Exercise Routine

Here we are sharing a little guidance to help you to maintain a fitness or exercise routine.  Keep in mind that it is really not about feeling motivated, it is more about commitment and consistency. 

Set Clear Goals 

If you have fitness or health goals be sure to make them specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART goals). This will give you a clear direction and motivation.

Create A Schedule

Plan your exercise routine and create a time block in your calendar dedicating time for it. Treat your workout sessions as important appointments that you cannot miss.  It is time just for you (if you have an exercise partner that you love working out with – that works too).

Find Activities You Enjoy

Think of some exercises or physical activities that you genuinely enjoy. It could be dancing, swimming, cycling, playing a sport, yoga, or even hiking. When you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re more likely to stick with it.

Start Slowly And Gradually Increase The Intensity

If you’re just starting out, begin with low-intensity exercises and gradually increase the intensity over time. Pushing yourself too hard at the beginning can lead to burnout or injury, which may discourage you from continuing.

Its Okay To Mix Things Up

Avoid monotony by incorporating a variety of exercises into your routine. This not only prevents boredom but also challenges different muscle groups and you may have an increased chance of staying engaged.

Find An Exercise Partner

Working out with a friend or joining a fitness class can provide accountability and make the experience more enjoyable. Having someone to share your fitness journey with can motivate you to stay on track.

Track Your Progress 

Keep a record of your workouts, noting the exercises, duration, and intensity. Seeing your progress over time can be highly motivating and help you stay committed to your exercise routine.

Reward Yourself

Set up rewards for achieving milestones or sticking to your routine consistently. Treat yourself to something you enjoy, like a massage, manicure/pedicure, or a new workout outfit, as a way to celebrate your dedication.

Make It A Habit

Consistency is key when it comes to maintaining an exercise routine. Try to make exercise a regular part of your daily or weekly schedule until it becomes a habit.

Staying Motivated (or ways to help you stay consistent)

Find sources of inspiration and motivation that work for you. It could be reading fitness blogs, following fitness influencers on social media, or joining online communities where you can connect with like-minded individuals.

As always it is essential to listen to your body and consult a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program, especially if you have underlying health conditions.

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