If you’re not already addicted to fitness then you probably dread the thought of regular exercise. Getting into a fitness routine you actually stick to can seem like a daunting task, so here are some ways to make sticking to it a little easier:
Join a gym that works for you. Whether it be the location, the classes, the price tag, or the smoothie bar, your gym should suit your needs. Let that eucalyptus towel motivate you to work out hard and often. Join a gym that has great products in the shower so your post-workout routine is a treat. Fall in love with a great instructor whom you look forward to seeing every week. Need late hours so you can break a sweat at 2am? Find a 24 hour gym. Where you belong should be a place that entices you to go, not a place that you dread.
Vary your routine. While so many of us swear by an aggressive cardio routine, it’s not the only form of exercise you should be getting. Sorry, you’re gonna have to lift some weights and do burpees like a dude. The most important thing is to keep your body guessing: it’s the best and most effective way to stay in shape and will keep you from getting bored with your workouts.
Grab a gym buddy. This doesn’t necessarily mean you always have to go together, but having some sort of accountability is extremely motivating. You can challenge each other, set goals, and it’s always nice to have a friend with you while trying something new, like a yoga class or boot camp. Plus, the gym is a great social alternative to happy hour.
Have a backup plan. This is especially the case in winter when the temperature can prevent you from walking outside unless absolutely necessary, but that shouldn’t be an excuse not to sweat. Having a backup plan like a workout DVD or some Fitness Blender videos can keep you in a routine even when the elements are against you.
Plan ahead. Use your Sunday night to plan out your workout schedule for the week. Figure out what classes you want to take and when you’ll have time to exercise. This will help you plan out your meals and your social life making it easier to stick to your workout schedule. And if you dedicate the same days and times each week to exercising you’ll be surprised how seamlessly working out can fit into your life.