If you are looking to lose a few pounds or are just looking for ways to improve your overall fitness then you will now how important exercise is for achieving these goals.
Unfortunately although you want to exercise regularly and have even bought yourself a gym membership you still only go occasionally.
To see any real benefit from exercise then you should perform it 3-4 times a week, preferably with 100% effort.
Here are some tips to ensure you make exercise a habit:
Tip #1: Be competitive
If you find that you often find yourself lacking in motivation then you should consider signing up to an event, perhaps a race of some kind; for instance a local 5k run for charity.
When you commit yourself to a major goal like this you will be less likely to quit, especially if there is a fee involved when signing up to the event.
Tip #2: Keep track of your progress
These days there are so many apps available to track your progress that you have no excuse not to do it.
Doing so will give you a visual reminder of your progress, which will show you just how far you have come and progressed.
If you record other factors (weather, work schedule, diet etc) you will be able to notice trends that will help you to improve your own training.
Tip #3: Be sociable
If you exercise with friends or family you will be able to encourage and motivate one another.
This is meant as motivation though so you should not be too competitive.
Tip #4: Start off slowly
If you are a beginner then you cannot exercise at too high a pace or you will only end up injuring yourself, which will seriously derail your efforts.
If you start slow and learn the proper techniques then your body will learn and get stronger, which will allow you to see progress too.
Tip #5: Keep things fresh
If you exercise regularly then you will need to keep things fresh by changing your workout routine now and then.
Failing to do so will result in progress halting, and boredom occurring that will likely lead to you skipping your workouts.
Keep your muscles guessing what is coming each workout and you will see a big change in your appearance and fitness levels.
Tip #6: Plan ahead
We all lead busy lives, which means that often there will be reasons why you couldn’t go to the gym.
However, with a little forward-planning you would still be able to find time to workout.
At the beginning of the week, sit down with your calendar to work out what days and times are best to visit the gym. Be realistic though, and only write down those workouts you can attend.
Of course we would recommend that you exercise a few times a week, however we know that it can be difficult sometimes as we lead increasingly busy lives.
In this case you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. With the following tips a great way to ensure you do something:
- Be flexible
- Be prepared; carry your gym clothes with you to ensure you are always ready.
- Be open; sometimes life gets in the way of the gym, so be prepared to change your plans.
Even if you can only manage a few minutes each day, then it has got to be better than doing no exercise at all. As long as you remain dedicated and give your all then you will experience the benefits of exercise.