How to Stick to an Exercise Routine

March 2020

Find motivation to stick to your fitness regimen with these helpful hints.

This article contains hints for how to stick to an exercise routine.

With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s about time to emerge from winter hibernation and get moving. Use these tips on how to stick to an exercise routine to build healthy habits for this spring season and beyond:

  1. Exercise to a favorite playlist, podcast, or show
  2. Choose workouts you find fun
  3. Make it a morning habit
  4. Get an accountability buddy
  5. Journal about your progress

Keep reading to learn more about how to stick to an exercise routine with these tips.

Exercise to a favorite band, podcast, or show

One way to increase your desire to exercise is to use entertainment. Perhaps choose a music playlist, podcast, or TV show you love and earmark it only for exercise time. Deciding that you’ll wait to catch up on your favorite media until you’re on your run, lifting weights, or out for a bike ride can help train your brain to look forward to something each time you break a sweat.

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Choose workouts you find fun

Workouts don’t have to be plodding along on a treadmill if you don’t enjoy it. If you find exercise boring or something you force yourself to do, then you may want to start experimenting with different options that will peak your interests. For instance, these heart-healthy workouts include fun activities like biking, swimming, or dancing your way through a Zumba class. And these healthy summer activities like hiking and kayaking can be found in and around Beaver Dam. When it comes to sticking to an exercise routine, feel free to mix it up based on what you think is fun – variety is the spice of life!

Make it a morning habit

Even if you’re not a morning person, there’s something special about starting your day with joyful movement. Some of the benefits of working out in the morning include increased energy and alertness throughout the day, improved sleep at night, and a tendency toward healthier food choices. Whether you go for a walk, commit to a short vinyasa yoga practice, or head to a boot camp program, exercise first thing in the morning can often provide just enough motivation to stick to a routine.

Get an accountability buddy

It’s a lot harder to skip a workout when you have someone waiting for you! If you have a friend with similar health goals, consider committing to achieving them together. For instance, meet up for a walk or bike ride every Saturday morning, attend the same fitness class, or work out separately and check in with each other via text or call to provide encouragement. A fitness buddy can help you enjoy your workouts more, push yourself harder, and try new exercises you may not have considered. Check out these tips for finding a workout buddy here.

Journal about your progress

If you find it challenging to stick to an exercise routine, it can be satisfying to look back and see how far you’ve come. Memory is fickle, but having your exercise progress recorded in a journal can give you a physical history that you can look back on when you’re feeling unmotivated to keep going. For instance, you can log how many pushups you did, how many miles you walked or ran, and so on, and watch how those figures increase over time. 

As you’re journaling, you can also jot down some notes about how you feel each day. After all, exercise can do wonders for our energy, happiness, mental clarity, and more, and your journal might reveal these trends too. Celebrating milestones may be exactly what you needed to make fitness part of your daily life.

These tips on how to stick to an exercise routine can help you stay committed to your long-term health. We can support you in this journey. Contact our doctors, midwives, and women’s health team to schedule your annual exam today. Call (920) 885-6090 or visit our website and request an appointment.

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