Staying motivated to work out can be difficult, especially during short winter days. If you’re struggling to stick to your fitness plan, be sure to follow these tips and tricks for making exercise a part of your daily routine:
Have a support system
When you’re the only one holding yourself accountable, you may find it difficult to stay motivated, and have no qualms about skipping a workout. To combat this issue, have an accountability partner. Whether you make plans to run with a family member at the park, or join a virtual fitness class with a friend, you’ll be able to motivate each other during the workout. In addition, you won’t want to miss a fitness session, since doing so would mean having to answer to someone.
If you prefer to work out alone but still want the encouragement of a friend, share your fitness goals with each other and agree to call one another when you need some inspiration. Another option is to seek the help of a personal trainer. Personal trainers have the experience and knowledge to provide useful advice, keep you accountable and create a personalized regimen to suit your needs. And many are currently offering virtual services!
Modify your routine
If your motivation has begun to wane after months of working out, sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery to feel enthusiastic about exercising again. Work out at a new location every so often to keep your routine fresh and exciting. Outdoor spots, in particular, are great since they provide a break from electronics and other stressors.
Another way to change up your fitness schedule is to try your hand at new exercises. Search for different workout routines online, or sign up for a class that you haven’t participated in before. If you don’t have time for a full exercise session during a busy week, be more active by using stairs whenever possible, or stepping away from your desk for a bike ride or walk.
Whenever you reach a fitness goal or accomplish a difficult task, give yourself a reward. Gifts are great incentives to stick to your workout routine, and they come in all different shapes and sizes. Purchasing new athletic clothing not only brings joy in the moment, but also encourages you to exercise again in order to wear your new outfit. Booking a massage after a strenuous workout provides relaxation and relieves muscle tension.
Simply scheduling a workout into your calendar and later crossing it off your to-do list can feel gratifying in and of itself. Schedule a fun activity right after exercising, like a lunch with friends, to further turn the task of exercising into a more enjoyable event. If you’re struggling to complete a full exercise session, reward yourself with short breaks after working out for certain periods of time.
Whether you’re trying to get in shape for the first time, or you’re a regular at your fitness class, keeping these tips and tricks in mind makes it easier than ever to stay motivated.