How To Stick To An Exercise Training Program
These seven tips will give you some ammunition for the sometimes arduous task of sticking to a new exercise program.
Find an exercise program you enjoy. If you like the exercise you choose, chances are you’re going to want to stick with it.
Find something that fits your lifestyle. For example, something that doesn’t require you to go to the mountains to hike, or require special equipment that you don’t have or can’t afford.
Make an appointment with yourself to exercise so there’s ALWAYS time that’s scheduled in. Without that reminder, it’s easy to run out of time or rationalize you don’t have enough time to exercise.
Psych yourself up. You have to recognize the benefits of exercise. By doing something you like to do and getting into the habit of doing it, you’ll start to quickly see and feel results. You’ll feel better, develop pride when you finish your workout, and maybe even reduce any stress you may have. After a short while you may notice you’ve gotten stronger or lost some weight. Use these improvements, really focusing on how they make you feel, to help reinforce your positive mental attitude for exercise.
Morning is a great time to exercise. It helps get your day started plus you get it done and out of the way. An added benefit is studies have shown that fat-burning is increased if cardio is performed in the mornings on an empty stomach.
Exercise at least three times a week. And try to incorporate activity that exercises your cardiovascular system as well strengthens your muscles. There are many cardiovascular machines available at most every gym. Or, take a quick jog or brisk walk outside (the more intense you do it the more fat you can burn).
There are also many recreational sports and exercise classes available that are valuable workouts for the cardiovascular system. Finally, you can incorporate a weight-training workout that exercises your muscles as well as your cardiovascular system at the same time. Here’s the key there: Keep the rest periods short and alternate between a lower body and an upper body exercise; moving from the largest body parts to the smallest as you progress through the workout.
Consistency is key.
Some people, when they get on a program, get fanatical for a few weeks then stop. The key to continued success and results is to develop a habit for exercising. At first don’t worry so much about the intensity of your sessions. It’s more important to have a moderate session and do it consistently over a long period of time.
Write down some goals on what you want to accomplish as well as the number of exercise sessions you want to perform every week. Then tell yourself from the beginning you won’t stop.
A good goal to shoot for is 100 exercise sessions. Why? Because studies have shown that performing anything 100 continuous times leads to a lifelong habit.