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10 Ways To Have Consistency With Your Workouts

By on 06/11/2016
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If you’re new to working out, you will find it’s always exciting and fun at the beginning. The idea of taking control of your body is an amazing feeling. But after a few weeks, that initial burst of excitement dies down. You find yourself less motivated to follow through with your fitness routine that once thrilled you.

As a health coach (and someone who has maintained a 125 pound weight loss), I can tell you that exercise consistency is important for a variety of reasons. These reasons include: good cardiac health, alleviating symptoms of depression, and reaching your personal and professional goals. When you have got bad-ass consistency with your workouts, the momentum stays high and you are more likely to reach your goals sooner.

Below are 10 ways to increase your workout consistency, no matter how fit you are:

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1. Put Your Workout on Shuffle.

Doing the same thing every time can get boring. Many of us need to switch it up in order to stomp out the dullness. Instead of jumping on the treadmill each morning, try a fitness class at your local gym, lift some weights, do a DVD work out, or simply go for a run outside instead of on the treadmill.

2. Make It Fun.

Many people hate working out because they make it hard for themselves. They always push themselves to do the hardest thing to slim fat fast or get six pack abs. They end up getting burned out pretty quick on these fitness routines and give up because they don’t enjoy what they do. Instead, make the majority of your exercise something you actually like doing. When you enjoy your workouts, you are more likely to stick to them over the long haul.

3. Find Like-Minded Fitness Friends.

Accountability is crucial when starting out with your fitness goals. Many of you will not follow through if you depend on your own motivation alone. Having a fitness buddy encourages you to show up and do the work. They also add much needed variety to your workout routines, which help prevent boredom.

4. Remember Why You Started.

What are the outcomes of reaching your fitness goals? Stronger body and mind? What are the deep, heart-felt reasons why you want to achieve your health goals? Reminding yourself your reasons will be motivating enough to get your ass off the coach.

5. Find The Benefits For Getting Your Sweat On.

If your only focus is to “get healthy” or “lose weight”, you may have a hard time staying motivated. Other reasons to be physically active could include: physical and emotional improvement, releasing stress and anxiety, or all of the creative ideas that come up during your run.

6. Turn Up The Beat.

Listen to music for motivation during your workouts. Choose a new music playlist that you’re excited to hear each time you start your workout. Include tunes that have a high number of beats-per-minute if you want the motivation to move your body faster.

7. Download Fitness Apps.

There are so many apps that will motivate and encourage you to spend time at the gym. Committing yourself to an app will be motivating enough to get your butt to the gym and do the workout you said you would do. Download apps that make sure you follow through with hitting up the gym each day.

8. Stop the Negative Self-Talk.

Sometimes we have a difficult time sticking to a workout routine because we think a lot of terrible things about ourselves. This negative self-talk can be anything from “I’m not motivated to exercise” to “What will people think of me when I’m at the gym and overweight?” Negative self-talk ruins our best intentions at change.

9. Schedule It.

For many of us busy people, we live by a schedule. If it’s not on your calendar, then it doesn’t happen. You can develop better consistency with exercise if it’s planned into your schedule at a set time every day. If you have made time for it in your planner, then time is no longer an excuse that you can use to skip your workouts.

10. Practice Resiliency.

Being consistent does not mean being perfect. There are going to be days when you decide to do something other than your exercise and diet routine, and that’s perfectly fine. Be true to yourself and pick yourself back up in a day or two. You’re not a failure for taking a day off.

Nutritionist & Health Coach Naomi Teeter helps her clients lose weight and keep it off through the same proven methods she’s used to maintain a 125 pound weight loss for the last 5 1/2 years. Naomi’s passion lies in reaching out and helping other women who her story resonates with. You can find her at www.theinspiredtransformation.com
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