Are you struggling to stay consistent in your workout routine? Maybe you’ve committed but you keep falling off track again and again. Maybe you’ve lost the motivation to work out. Well, to begin, there is nothing is wrong with you (I promise). Your system might be. As you’re kicking off this new year with new intentions, maybe it’s time for you to recommit again. In which case, you have come to the right place.
Figure out your hype time
I mean, figure out the time at which you are most energetic during the day. This is especially important if you are just beginning in your fitness journey. Although I am biased towards morning workouts, if you are an evening person, stick with that. Place your workout at a time when you feel most active to get the best out of your workout.
This will keep you coming back again and again. Once you build up that habit, you can then switch things over. But pick what works for your lifestyle and your schedule. There is not wrong time for physical activity.
Follow a program
This is a big game changer in any fitness routine. A program is so much more beneficial than just skipping and doing free workouts from everywhere and everyone else. Your body needs to come back to the same thing until it gets it. When you have a plan, you are less likely to skip your workout because everything is already planned for you.
All you have to do is to just show up. I recommend LesMills. They have a large variety of fitness format which you can choose from. This is amazing because you can figure out which type of activity you like and what you don’t like. Also, seeing progression throughout the program will motivate you to keep going which is why we’re here for.
Find people who inspire you on social media
Although I have my fair share of reservations when it comes to social media with comparison, it can also be used in the right way. If you are not surrounded by people who are willing to help you in your fitness journey, then follow a person who feeds positively into you through their social media whomever it might be.
Sometimes when I feel like my workout is hard, I think about my people whom I show up for on Insta and who are always watching my IG stories and supporting me. That gives me the drive and motivation to push past my limits. Make sure you don’t idolize them or the way they look. Just take it the message gracefully and apply it into your life if it is right for you.
Find a coach
If you want a more personalized approach or someone who just gets you and your struggle, find someone who will help you push past that block. When someone is holding you accountable, you will be more likely to show up. Sometimes it’s just hard for someone to get you. A coach is there not only to support you but will also provide the feedback and help you stay consistent in order to reach your goal.
This person will speak directly to you and hear your concerns and give you advice specifically for you. This is much more beneficial to your wellbeing rather than gulping down every type of advice on social media without really questioning if it is for you. If coaching sounds like the move for you. Fill out my contact form and I will be in touch with you soon. In the meanwhile, you can subscribe to my mailing list to receive the support you need in your fitness journey.
Make exercise a hobby
If you find yourself bored, get up and walk around, dance, go up and down the stairs while your music is playing. Heck, imagine yourself in a dance music video among your favorite boy band. Your imagination is key. Yes strength training will help you build muscles, but that does not mean you can’t do anything else. When you do something you absolutely love, no one would even have to tell you to get off the couch to do it. You will already be on top of it!
Remind yourself of your why
It’s so easy to throw in the towel and say we’re done when things don’t go according to plan. Maybe your workout wasn’t as great as you’d hoped to be. Maybe you got so busy during the day you had no time to exercise. All of those circumstances will keep popping up in your life. It is how you respond to it that will determine your consistency. Obstacles will always arise, but once you are reminded of your why, you will be driven to exercise even before thinking twice about it.
Write your why down and put it on your desk where you will see it every day and be reminded of it. Remember, your why cannot just be external. You should not want to workout to look attractive to a certain person or please a certain people. Your “why” should be internal.
It should come from a desire of wanting better for yourself, of becoming your best self as you can be. The more you focus on satisfying your inner being, the more you will become fulfilled and that will lead you to make exercise easier for you to so.
Set a goal
If your goal is to drop some pounds, don’t be afraid to say so. For so long, I was afraid to admit this because everyone sees this as toxic and unhealthy on social media. If you know you could be doing better, write down that goal and steps that will help you get there. Same if you want to gain some weight and some muscles, make sure to write it out and figure out exercises that will help you accomplish those fitness goals.
Set your goal from a loving perspective, not from a critical place in your heart. Picking on everything that is wrong with you is something we tend to do a lot to ourselves and keeping up with this will never get us anywhere. Make sure that when you are setting those goals, you remind yourself that you will make mistakes along the way, but those mistakes don’t define you.
Don’t just focus on the results
I remember working my abs one day and obsessively looking at the mirror to see if I had a six pack yet. Spoiler alert: this doesn’t work. The more you focus on physical results, the more you will tend to give up exercising easily because results just don’t happen in one day. This is why consistency in your workout routine is very important because that is what will get you there.
When you focus on the journey and the progress you are making and how much stronger you are focusing day by day, you will find that exercising is not only fun, but you will grow into a confident person the more you do it
How to keep working out consistently?
Follow these steps and you will be exercising even on your free time. A lot of our motivation is lost in working out because most of us view it as a chore or we do it for other people. Once you start looking inwardly and start focusing on your internal happiness, you will truly find the joy in exercising you’ve been looking for in so long.
How will you keep workout part of your routine?