It is easy to fall out of a regular exercise plan. From lack of motivation to excuses such as the weather is bad, to pure avoidance—the are many reasons why you may not be meeting your fitness goals. There are so many benefits to exercising including improvements to your health and overall well-being. So, the sooner you commit to your fitness goals, the sooner you’ll see noticeable results. Here are a few ways in which you can stay on top of working out so that you can avoid this common problem and experience the healthy body that you deserve.
#1 Be Internally Motivated
In short, exercise for yourself! Do not let external factors such as what others think about you, negative comments, or social stereotypes infiltrate your ability (or inability) to exercise. Exercise is important. Participate in physical activities because they make you feel good and because you want to become the best version of yourself with noticeable improvements in your health. Remember, when it comes to exercise, your encouragement should come from within because, in the end, you will be the one reaping all of the rewards from your hard work and efforts.
#2 Try Switching Up Your Workout Plan
Bringing variety into a workout routine can make it a fun, enjoyable experience. For instance, if you normally frequent the gym, try exercising outdoors for a change. Alternatively, if you work out alone, try exercising with a buddy or join an exciting fitness class instead. Switching up a workout plan will also help when it comes to exercising different muscle groups. It is important to incorporate a variety of exercises to include cardio, strength-training, and endurance for the best results.
#3 Don’t Skip on Your Beauty or Grooming Routines Following a Workout
With exercise, inevitably comes sweat. Sweat is the body’s natural way of cooling itself down, as well as detoxifying itself when exercising. No matter if the workout routine is mild or intense, sweat will present itself, calling for a refresh immediately following a good workout, such as a shower. One way to pamper your skin after working out and showering is to use a specialty product that contains essential oils. A product that replenishes the skin’s oils that may have been washed away by harsh soaps is an excellent way to treat yourself after having worked so hard in the gym.
#4 Make Exercise Your New Habit
Just like waking up in the morning and brushing your teeth, exercise should become a standard norm in your life. According to research, it takes 21-days to form a new habit. It is important to think of exercise in terms of changing your behaviors because it will require you to change your old ways of thinking about exercise. For instance, those who may be falling out of their exercise routines may be subconsciously talking themselves out of participating in these activities. When this habit is changed, you may begin to tell yourself new stories about the importance of exercise, making it more likely for you to look forward to exercising.
#5 Celebrate Major Wins!
Lastly, when you reach a certain weight or when you see your muscles start to become define, celebrate these moments! It is important to congratulate yourself and even reward yourself for your exercise achievements. For instance, treat yourself by buying yourself a gift or going on a vacation with loved ones. Also, don’t be too hard on yourself during this process of transition. Remember to give yourself credit where it is due—small wins are still wins, so give yourself a pat on the back for all of your efforts!
*Disclosure: This is a guest post by Naomi Shaw. All opinions are those of the guest post author. Affiliate links are used.