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!
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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
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!
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