#1 – Set Goals
Goal setting is one way to help you stay on track with exercise.
I use goal setting as part of my fitness routine, and I always make my goals specific. Rather than saying “I want to get fit”, my advice is to set a more quantified goal. For instance, aim to do 10 push ups on your toes, without stopping.
Once you reach a goal, make a new one! Your new goal can be an extension of the progress you’ve already made — doing this regularly will help to maintain your fitness motivation.
#2 – Find a routine you like
Pushing yourself through a workout style that you hate is not the way to form a healthy relationship with exercise.
I strongly believe you should find an activity that you enjoy doing — because that means you’re more likely to stick to it. Exercise should be enjoyable to you, not a form of punishment!
Fitness is not a one-size-fits-all solution. A routine that feels fun for you can help keep your interest and make it easier to keep going.
#3 – Get a workout buddy
Having a personal supporter, or someone who will help keep you accountable is a great way to make working out a habit.
If you have a workout buddy waiting for you at the gym, you’re less likely to leave them hanging! You can also encourage each other to maintain healthy habits on the days when motivation is in short supply!
If you’re a mum, you could also try exercising with your kids to stay active as a family, and making it a part of your weekly routine.
#4 – Be ready for setbacks
After starting a new fitness routine, it’s really common to face obstacles.
Maybe you aren’t seeing the results you’d hoped for, or you might have suffered an injury.
It’s easy to feel disheartened when you hit a roadblock. But rather than dwelling on the negative, focus on the positives of your new routine. You might have found you have more energy, or maybe you’ve discovered how good you feel after a workout.
Working on having a strong and positive mindset will help boost your outlook even when you’re facing challenges.
#5 – Track your fitness progress
Once you’ve set goals, you can use them to track your fitness progress. In fact, the two go hand-in-hand!
Reaching goals is a reliable indicator of how far you’ve come, and can help you stay focused — but to do this, you need to keep a record. You can do this by keeping a journal that records your progress against your goals, testing your strength or getting regular health checks with your doctor.
Tracking your progress can show what you’ve already achieved, which is worth celebrating! When you feel good about your health and fitness journey, you’re more likely to stick with it, especially if you already know how rewarding it can be to hit your goals.