Have you ever started a workout routine only to find out that it feels impossible to stick with? You are not alone. Many people that start working out have trouble sticking to it.
There are several reasons that tend to contribute to a workout plan failing. But here, the excuses don’t matter because we are focusing on getting you to stick to your workout routine.
I have a post titled, Killer Tips to Keep You Motivated Every Day. Having motivation when you tackle your workouts is going to help you ensure success. So, I recommend reading that post as well if you struggle with your motivation.
Now that you know to get motivated, let’s see what you can do to get your workout to stick.
Prepare Before You Start Your Workout Routine
The very first thing you need to do if you want to stick with a workout routine, is to prepare.
Get yourself ready for it.
Decide when you are going to start. Mark it on your calendar so you can mentally prepare to start as well.
You can get in the mindset that, that is what your schedule is going to look like with your workout time added to it.
Make sure you have the gear you need. Do you have workout clothing that fits, are comfortable, and breathable?
If not, gear up ahead of time. Here are a few examples of some great workout clothing.
If you want to know more about What to Wear When Working Out, check out my post which also has many more great clothing options.
The same concept applies to your shoes. Make sure they fit, and you can move comfortably in them. And that they are made for the workout you are doing.
You would not believe how helpful this will be once you start.
This might sound silly but most people when they start to workout, do not start off easy. You get excited at the thought of becoming healthy and fit. Maybe losing some weight.
I know I am guilty of this. Starting easy isn’t really my problem, time is. My husband says I’m weird because I like to push myself right from the get-go. But I like working out and I know what I’m capable of.
This is not true for a lot of people. Maybe you are like me, but most of the time people don’t have the motivation to workout.
So, starting off easy can help you to stick to it. You can always increase your workout but starting off hard and having to go to an easy workout is discouraging.
Start by doing some walking or light weight training. Short workouts are your friend when you are starting off.
And do your easier workout for several of your workout days. Don’t do it for one day and go to the extreme because you felt like it was too easy.
If the first day felt to easy, step it up ONE notch. Increase your workout time a little bit, add a little bit more weight, or a few more reps.
The key is building from the bottom up!
Out with the Old
This tip is kind of linked to getting prepared with your workout clothing. If you haven’t bought something new to work out in since high school, do it.
Get rid of all those old pieces of clothing that don’t fit like they used too.
And don’t use the, “I’m working on fitting into them again” phrase. If you haven’t worn it in a few years, out it goes.
Trying to squeeze into your old clothing will only be discouraging, especially if you try them on frequently to see if your workout is working.
There is nothing wrong with not being able to fit into your old clothes. This is a new you, so new clothes.
Get a Buddy to Workout With
Working out and sticking to it can be difficult enough, especially if you just can’t seem to get motivated.
Find a friend that wants to get into a good routine as well. It’s always easier to do something when you have someone else to help push you. So, use each other to keep at it and not let the other one quit.
If you have a family, get them involved. Schedule times to take family walks or bike rides. They can also do many at home workout with you right in the living room.
Whichever route you take, just make sure you are able to stay consistent with them. You don’t want to get going and all of the sudden your friend begins to cancel a lot, or your husband joins a softball league.
Seeing the big picture is often overlooked. And that is a shame because it can really help you stick to your workouts.
What I mean when I say big picture is you visualizing why you are working out. What is the ultimate goal for you? Do you just want to be healthier? Are you trying to gain muscle, be able to do a tough mudder, or want to lose weight?
Figure out what it is that you want to get from working out and remind yourself of it each time you work out.
Keeping that end result in mind and thinking about how it will feel to reach it, will make it that much harder for you give up on it.
Don’t Be Afraid to Break From Your Workout Routine
Many people that start a workout routine feel like they have to keep going. Like, if they stop for say a few days, they will never go back.
That is true but only because people allow themselves to quit.
But you won’t let that happen so easily. Specifically, with all of these tips in mind.
Never feel like you can’t give yourself a little bit of a break. You are in charge of your workout plan and if you are getting overwhelmed or burnt out, you decide when to break.
If you don’t allow yourself a break at these times, you aren’t going to get much from your workout and will end up resenting having to do them.
I want to reiterate that. You do not have to do anything. You make the rules.
So, break when necessary because when you keep the other tips in mind, you will get back to it.
Healthy Eating and Your Workout Routine
You might be thinking how this is a tip to help you stick to your workout plan. Well, you are in luck because I am going to tell you.
This is in the list because when you eat healthy, your body feels good. When your body feels good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you want to do more to keep that feeling.
That feeling also makes it that much easier for you to workout.
If you eat junk all of the time, your body gets sluggish. And who feels like doing anything when they are sluggish?
Resting goes along with the same concept as eating healthy. Make sure you get enough sleep each night.
Getting enough sleep makes you feel good and energized the next day. It is much easier to work out when you have energy rather than tying to workout after only getting 4 hours of sleep and it was a struggle to just get through the day.
Just Do It
There will be times when you wall. Where you just feel like not doing it just because. I’m not talking about needing a break.
I’m talking about the point where you are getting lazy and it’s easier to not workout.
This is the time when you need to realize that you are being lazy and push yourself to do it.
I know I have experienced this problem. And it is so weird because once I make myself workout, I never have trouble doing the workout and I actually feel really glad that I did it.
By knowing yourself, I am talking about your abilities. Know where you stand when it comes to working out.
We all have our strengths and weaknesses.
It is important to know what yours are if you want your workout plan to stick.
For example, if you aren’t a strong runner but you create a routine that consists of 30 minutes of solid running, it’s just not going to go so well.
This will cause you to become discouraged and use negative self-talk such as, “I can’t do this”. (If you want to know more about self-talk, check out this post)
This is the opposite of what you want to happen. So, understand yourself before you begin and modify your plan as you go.
Have Fun With Your Workout Routine
Many people do not view exercise as something fun. It is just something you should do to be healthy or lose weight.
That is the completely wrong approach to take.
Do things that you enjoy. If you like to bike, make it part of your routine.
If you have fun with what you are doing, why would you ever stop?
Finally, be proud of yourself. Rarely is it easy to get started and keep going. That itself it an accomplishment.
And when you see result, such as feeling healthier or lost weight, take notice.
Give yourself a pat on the back for that!
By recognizing that, you are validating what you are doing, which is going to make you want to keep doing it.
One Last Thing
If you have ever tried to get a workout routine going, you know how difficult it can be to stick to it. Life is busy and we make excuses.
But there are so many great reasons to want to keep at it. Using the tips we discussed here, can help you to stick it out.
Prepare yourself by scheduling when you are going to start and what days you will work out. As well as making sure you have proper workout gear.
Always start easy and build from there. Get rid of the old clothes you keep telling yourself you are going to fit back into, so you do not become discouraged.
Working out with a friend or getting you family involved can help you by keeping each other accountable.
Keep the big picture of why you are working out in the back of your mind each time you go to work out.
Eat healthy and make sure to get enough sleep. When your body feels good it makes it that much easier to workout.
Know yourself so you know how to plan your workout and where to start.
And most importantly, be proud of what you are doing. Remember, not everyone sticks to working out.