Everyone is capable of starting a fitness routine and sticking with it. There’s nothing complicated about setting healthy habits that bring you lots of benefits in the long-run. It’s actually a rather straightforward process, and it only requires a commitment on your part to become a healthier version of yourself. Exercising regularly has many benefits like improved mood, sleep, energy, and health.
Here are a few things you can do to ensure you will be able to stick to your next fitness routine:
1) Set realistic goals
It’s a lot easier to stick with a workout routine when you set realistic short-term and long-term goals. It’s always easier to stick to something when you’ve clearly defined what you’re working towards. There are always going to be outside distractions like a busy job or family life that makes it harder for you to keep up with your workout routine every now and then, but your desire to reach these goals that you know you can accomplish can help push you through tough times.
For example, let’s say your long-term goal is to lose 30 kg. In this scenario, you can set your short-term goal to losing 2 kg every month. Then, it’s only a matter of coming up with a workout routine and diet that takes you towards these goals and sticking to it. As the weight starts to come off, your motivation is boosted as you meet the mark every month. The closer you get to that long-term goal, the more committed you become to accomplishing it.
2) Change your mindset towards fitness
Your personal fitness is directly related to your general health. It’s a lot more serious than most of us like to acknowledge. How you view your personal fitness will affect your attitude towards it. Don’t think of it as an optional activity. Think of it as an important part of life, which it is, like sleeping and eating. When was the last time you forgot to eat or sleep? It probably doesn’t happen often. When you make it a priority to work out, you’ll always find a way to get it done regardless of any obstacles in your way.
3) Track your progress
Keeping track of your workouts and how much progress you’ve made does wonders for your motivation. You can do it the old-fashioned way and use a workout sheet or download an app that does something similar. Make it a habit of writing down everything you do during each workout. Every little milestone accomplished makes you more confident and motivated.
For example, let’s say your workout calls for three sets of as many pushups as you can do. You might only be able to perform five pushups per set during your first workout, but as your muscles become stronger, you will be able to do a lot more. You might be able to do 10 pushups per set in a couple of weeks. By keeping track of your progress, you get a constant reminder of how much progress you’ve made. It also makes it easier for you to know when to push yourself more and set new goals.
4) Create efficient workouts
It’s impossible to overstate how important your time is. It’s the one thing you can’t get back or get more of. Don’t waste your time with workout routines that have been proven to be ineffective. Do your homework and research workouts that have worked well for people with similar goals and body types. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you obviously don’t want to use the same workout routine your buddy who is trying to bulk up uses.
In addition, if your goal is to lose weight, certain workouts are more effective than others. For example, an hour of Muay Thai training burns up to 1,000 calories, while running for the same amount of time only burns around 350 calories. If you only had an hour to work out each day, you would obviously be better off burning as many calories as possible.
5) Find a support system
Things are typically easier when you have people to push you and help keep you motivated. The same goes for workout routines. Find someone or a group of people that share your fitness goals and are willing to serve as your support system and help keep you motivated. It can be a buddy, co-workers, or a fitness group online. Sharing your successes and failures with one another will keep the group motivated.
6) Always mix things up
It’s harder to stick to a workout routine when it’s repetitive. After a while, it becomes a chore instead of something you look forward to. A good way to prevent yourself from getting bored with workouts is to have lots of variety. For example, you don’t have to do bench presses every time it’s chest day when there are many other exercises that target your chest muscles — some even better. Mixing things up gives you things to look forward to when you work out.
Learning martial arts is another great way to keep things interesting. As was mentioned earlier, martial arts classes are extremely efficient workouts that burn significantly more calories than activities like running, swimming, or lifting weights.
It’s a lot easier to stick to martial arts than other workout routines since you are constantly learning new things. Each class is unique, with different techniques being broken down, and different drills being used for warmups.
Martial arts classes also give you the opportunity to meet new people who will serve as your support system. Then, there’s the fact that martial arts classes can help you deal with some of the obstacles that might be affecting your ability to stick to workouts like stress and anxiety.
The closest thing to an ideal work out that’s easy to stick is martial arts. Check out one of our complimentary introductory classes to learn more.
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