Let’s face it, it’s not very difficult to start an exercise program. After all, most of us have probably done it dozens of times. The trick, of course, comes with sticking with it. There are many variables that affect how often we exercise – habits, mental roadblocks, time, motivation, family obligations and more.
I feel that a new approach may help many of you experience the benefits of regular exercise. It takes a plan to be successful in finding 4-6 days (30-60 minutes) a week to exercise, every week, every year. Feel free to ask one of our personal trainers for help. We would be happy to help you design a health & fitness plan by taking into consideration your goals, time, schedule, injuries, etc.
Most people exercise to lose weight, but looking further is the key. A recent study asked long term exercisers (who had been working out for over 10 years consistently) to list and rank their motivators. The top 5 were health, feelings of well-being, energy, stress management, sleeping better and feeling relaxed. Notice that weight loss wasn’t one of them. Permanent weight loss will come automatically with consistency!
Try to find new motivators for yourself. These motivators will help you when the initial enthusiasm of your plan wanes, when you get distracted by other things going on in your lives and when you don’t think that you’re seeing results quickly enough.
Hopefully one of the tips below can help you become more consistent with your workouts.
You’re going to have days when you don’t feel like working out, days that are hectic, when time could be spent elsewhere, tired days and lazy days. If you can’t imagine yourself getting to gym 5 times a week, then you would definitely benefit from having your own equipment. The advantage of being able to work out when it suits you makes it more likely that you’ll stick to an exercise plan, rather than give up because you’re missing gym sessions. Missing workouts will make you less motivated to continue. The occasional missed workout is okay, but once it starts happening regularly your results will stop … or go in reverse. Remember consistency is the key to progress, and lapses in workout discipline can lead to lapses in your eating habits as well.
Have a healthy month!