Sticking to a continuous exercise routine can be difficult. I’m surprised by how often I’m asked by people “why do you go to the gym so often? You are already in shape!” It’s because the key to staying fit is religiously sticking to some sort of exercise routine. The mentality that once you have lost weight you no longer have to exercise needs to be thrown out the window. Just remember that the amount you had to exercise to lose the weight is as much time and effort you need to put into keeping the weight off. Here are a few tips that can help keep you motivated to keep moving!
1.) Use Audiobooks or Podcasts on longer cardio days. Having this type of mental distraction can help you pass the time on the treadmill or bike faster. Use apps like Audible for audiobooks. This app does cost a monthly fee but is well worth it. For podcasts I personally use the app Castbox for free podcasts. You can also download e-books from your local library (for free). Use the Overdrive app and enter your local library information to get started.
2.) Use social media to get workout tips. I like to follow certain instagram pages or facebook groups to help give me inspiration on different exercise routines. Or you can use social media to create workout challenges with friends. Fitbit also allows you to invite your friends to participate in step or activity challenges.
3.) Use free YouTube videos for at home workout routines. These are some of my favorite fitness YouTube stations that I use for at home workouts.
- Fitness Blender
- Yoga with Adriene
- FITNESS magazine
- POPSUGAR fitness
- Kayla Itsines
4.) Pack a workout bag every morning. It is important for you to be realistic about the timing of your workouts. It would be fantastic if we could all wake up at 4:30 in the morning and do an hour long cycling class before work. But in reality that doesn’t work for everyone. A better strategy might be to always have a gym bag packed and in your car so that you can hit the gym on the way home or during a lunch break. Just remember to be honest about what time of the day will lead to a regular and consistent routine.
5.) Try to experiment with a new machine. A lot of gym memberships will offer a free personal training session to help you learn how to use the gym equipment properly. Sometimes it may be nice to try a machine that you have not thought of using in the past to see how it makes you feel.
6.) Use workout classes to stay accountable and get variety. I love to sprinkle gym classes into my exercise routine. I have friends that use Groupon to find cheap classes in their local area if they don’t belong to a gym that has classes. This can help you get variety in your fitness and may also help you find a new type of class you love.
7.) Look for a fun 5k to sign up for. For some people there is no better motivation then a deadline! Signing up for a small race or exercise event may help light the fire needed to get more training sessions in. For example: get some exercise in before your big turkey dinner with a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.