Have you ever looked at people who exercise consistently and thought, “How is that person so dedicated, and what am I missing?” If so, you’ve landed in the right place because I’ve shared seven tips to stay consistent with a fitness regimen, avoid burnout, and reach your fitness goals.
1. Set Achievable Fitness Goals
Effective goal setting for fitness is about creating SMART objectives:
- S – specific
- M – measurable
- A – achievable
- R – relevant
- T – time-bound
“I want to run 5 kilometers in 30 minutes or less within 90 days.”
The more specific the goal is, the clearer the target, making you more likely to stay consistent.
2. Do What You Enjoy
Pick fun fitness activities that comprise the bulk of your fitness program. If you’re into outdoor activities, go for cycling, running, and hiking. If you enjoy dancing, consider the enjoyable workouts of Zumba classes.
Don’t be afraid to experiment, and remember that exercise variety can make things more enjoyable, keeping you motivated in the long run.
3. Set a Schedule
Get specific with your fitness program on three things for effective workout scheduling: when, where, and what.
“I will go for a 30-minute run [What] at the local park [Where] after work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays [When].”
Doing so makes it easier to set up a consistent exercise routine because you’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation and know precisely what you would miss by not showing up.
4. Get an Accountability Partner
A workout accountability partner can make you more consistent. Knowing that someone expects you to show up can be a powerful motivator.
Plus, the journey can be more fun, as you could motivate one another to do better, do partner workouts, and even create small races where you both work hard to win.
If you can find a partner, look for fitness support groups online or locally.
5. Track Your Progress
Tracking your fitness program and progress is a great way to see how far you’ve come and enjoy some milestone celebrations.
For example, you can treat yourself to a nice meal outside for every 20 pounds you add to your squat or kilometer you add to your run.
Good progress-tracking methods include phone apps or a workout log.
6. Reward Yourself (Within Reason)
As mentioned above, don’t be afraid to reward yourself for fitness milestones. For example, reward yourself with a massage or buy yourself that book you’ve been eyeing once you make it a whole month of regular exercise.
7. Go at a Sustainable Pace
Beginners tend to overtrain themselves, which does more harm than good. True results lie in sustainable fitness efforts. In other words, your workouts need to be challenging enough but not to the point where you feel overtrained and unable to keep going.
Achieving this balanced workout intensity takes experience, but approaching exercise with that mindset can help you stay more consistent and make steady progress toward your goals.
Also, don’t be afraid of flexible fitness routines based on your daily readiness, as adaptable workouts allow you to modify the difficulty based on how you feel.
For example, if you feel exhausted one day, reduce the overall volume (number of sets, exercises, or distance covered) and intensity (weight lifted, running speed, or the duration of your rest between bouts).
Set realistic goals, focus on activities you enjoy, have a clear schedule, and track your fitness progress. If possible, find a workout buddy for accountability, and don’t forget to reward yourself when reaching milestones. Learn to practice self-compassion in fitness. Be patient with yourself and understand that you won’t always be perfect. Some workouts will be better than others, and that is entirely okay. Lastly, do not be intimidated by the term “fitness program”. A fitness program is nothing more than a plan of action of various activities that contribute to a common goal. In this case, the goal is your well-being, happiness, and health.
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