Whether you want to get back to your fitness routine after taking some time off, or want to start a fitness routine for the first time, getting going can be a challenge.
Finding the motivation to start and stick to a fitness program is a sore spot for many, but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are a few proven tips to help you regain or start a healthy fitness routine that you can keep up with.
Commit to a group class
Put your money where your goals are. Commit to a group class such as Pilates, boot camp or barre two to three times per week. Putting money down on a class makes you accountable to be there, while the group class time slots gives you a routine to build your schedule around. Trying a studio in your area that offers specialty classes is a great alternative to a gym membership.
Put it in writing
Give yourself a daily dose of encouragement with a written reminder of your commitment to your fitness goals. Write out your workout schedule and goals and put up a hard copy somewhere you’re guaranteed to see it every day, such as taped up beside your bathroom mirror, or stuck on the fridge with a magnet. Set goals that are realistic, but motivating, such as running an extra lap in your current track routine in the same amount of time by the end of the month.
Bring a friend
Friends don’t let friends skip workouts. Find an activity that you both enjoy, whether it be a Reformer class, an after-dinner walk, or a morning run. Doing something you enjoy makes the workout less painful, and having a friend there makes it more fun, as well as more difficult to cancel at the last minute.
Focus on nutrition
Look at your diet. What can you cut out or reduce that is high in calories or sugars? Even slight, gradual reductions in unhealthy foods that you regularly indulge in can make a huge difference in energy and confidence levels, making getting to your workout that much easier.
Try something new
Stimulate your brain while you train. Picking up a new sport or skill like golf, tennis or basketball can help you get in shape and keep your mind sharp, while keeping boredom at bay. The more mentally engaged you are, the better the benefits.