5 Actually Helpful Tips for Sticking to a Workout Routine

Looking for tips on sticking with a workout routine? Here are 5 tips + tricks that will actually help you create habits and achieve your goals when it comes to starting a new workout routine! 

A lot of these tips come from Atomic Habits, an amazing book by James Clear. I highly recommend you read it, especially if you are serious about creating new habits!

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5 Helpful Tips for Sticking with a Workout Routine and Creating a New Habit

1. Change Your Mindset

First things first, you have to change your mindset when it comes to starting a workout routine. Whether you’re thinking it in your head or speaking it out loud, instead of saying “I have to (or need to) work out,” say “I want to work out.” 

It shifts the way you view it, it’s no longer a burden, but an opportunity. The more you say it to yourself, the more you will believe it.

2. Make Sticking with a Workout Routine EASY

Nothing will derail a workout routine faster than trying to do too much too quickly. If you start out trying to run 5 miles right off the bat, there a a couple of reasons you are not very likely to stick with it. 

Reason number one: if you’re new to working out the likelihood you’d be able to actually run 5 miles is unlikely (I can’t even run 5 miles LOL – which is why I stick to walking at inclines for a killer workout), so you’ll view that as a failure and be discouraged to continue. And reason number two: you’ll be miserable the entire time, so again, you’ll be discouraged to continue because naturally, we are wired to avoid things that are unenjoyable or feel like punishment.

Start out with easily attainable goals, then increase as you achieve them. For example, during your first week of a new workout routine, your goal could be walking for 15 min, 3 times a week. Anyone can find 15 minutes in their day to walk and you don’t need any special equipment. Chances are, after the 15 minutes you’ll want to walk a little more and that’s even better! 

If you think what’s the point of 15 mint walk, remember this: “A 15 min walk that you actually did is better than the 4-mile run you didn’t.”

3. Visually Track Your Workouts

When you visually track your habits, you are more likely to hold yourself accountable. Give yourself a gold star (or another fun sticker) or put a checkmark on your calendar every day that you work out, you’d be surprised how oddly satisfying it is! 

Workout Habit Tip: Visually Track Your Workouts

Write down your goal on a sticky note and place it somewhere you’ll see it every day, maybe next to a coffee machine or on your bathroom mirror. It will be a constant reminder and you’re less likely to let the habit slip.

3. Say it Out Loud

Feeling lazy and don’t want to workout? Say it out loud and include the consequences: “I am feeling lazy/tired/whatever and don’t want to go to the gym. Not going to the gym will make me feel guilty later and won’t help me toward my fitness goals” 

Hearing the consequences out loud makes it seem more real and gets you to acknowledge the need for action. Basically, you’re guilt-tripping yourself!

4. Have a Workout Routine Accountabilibuddy

An “Accountabilibuddy” is someone who will help keep you accountable! It can be a friend, a parent, a sibling, or anyone else who will cheer you on and help you stick to your workout goals!

Not sure if you have anyone? Find groups on Facebook that are made to help keep the members accountable and encourages them! Or post on your own Facebook and have your followers keep you accountable – nothing like putting it out to all your friends to keep you accountable!

9 thoughts on “5 Actually Helpful Tips for Sticking to a Workout Routine

  1. Accountability goes a long way when it comes to sticking to any workout routine. These are some great tips to consider, but I believe that when you work out alongside someone else, it provides much-needed motivation to go further.

  2. That’s true! Doing a workout every day maintains a good body structure, but aside from that, it makes us healthy. It’s beneficial having a personal trainer when I met Eppinger Fitness as they helped me achieve the fitness goals that I want.

  3. Great article Chelseabancroft.. I will surely work on these tips as i am unable to make a workout routine for myself. Thankyou so much 🙂

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  5. Hello Chelsea,
    Sticking to the workout routine is very difficult for me. You say it loud point intrested me the most, and I will surely try it tomorrow morning. Thank you for sharing such a helpful article.
    Keep sharing.

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