If you want it bad enough you’ll get it, but you have to really want it. That beach body you’ve always dreamed of but never worked hard enough for? It’s waiting for you, you just have to find ways to fit exercise into your daily routine and STAY MOTIVATED! Need ideas? These are our top 5 ways to stay on track with your workout routine and kiss excuses goodbye.
Switch it Up
Humans, though creatures of habit, get bored easily; sometimes, too easily — especially when it comes to exercise. To stay motivated and to achieve great results, switch up your daily workout routine. Try a new exercise every day, focusing on different parts of the body each day. Incorporate new workout music into your routine every week or two. Working out to the same beats can become as boring as running on the same treadmill day in and day out.
Schedule a Regular Workout Time
To make exercising more than something you do on a whim when you find the time, you need to schedule it into your daily routine. Dedicate an hour a day to working out and stick to that time as you would a doctor’s appointment. Find an hour during each day when you are least likely to be caught up doing other things and hit the gym. If you don’t work on yourself, you won’t have the best of yourself to give to performing other tasks and helping other people.
Got a buddy? Great. Bring him or her to the gym with you and motivate each other to work out. For an extra motivational boost, agree to put $5 into an “I was lazy” fund each time one of you misses a workout. When the fund reaches a set amount of missed workouts, whichever one of you was the lazy one has to buy the dedicated one a gift.
Don’t feel like working out on weekends? It’s important to get your heart rate up to your target heart rate (based on your age, sex, and resting heart rate) for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. For the days you don’t come to our hour-long pump sessions, dedicate half an hour to exercise before doing something rewarding, like going out for a smoothie or a shopping trip. By working out before doing something fun, your mind enters a “habit loop” that increases the chances your exercise routine becomes a habit as it begins to understand the behavior is worthwhile to receive the reward.
Set a Reachable Goal
None of the above techniques are effective without a goal to reach. Exercise without a goal is like driving for the sake of driving. To make exercise worthwhile you need to have a goal you want to reach. Whether it is to drop your body fat percentage, run a marathon, or fit into your favorite jeans again, small, attainable goals are more effective at keeping you motivated than starting out with an outlandish goal from the start.
For a powerful and fun way to kickstart your progress and stay motivated, come to Pumpfit Club for very personal group training sessions that will kick you into shape.