It’s often said that people are most inspired to get healthy at the beginning of the year and the start of summer. Unfortunately, many people aren’t able to stick with their goals during the rest of the year. Sometimes life just gets in the way, but sometimes, it’s lack of motivation. These six tips will help you stay on track with your fitness routine.
Start a fitness journal
Writing down your goals and recording how your workouts went for the day can help you track your progress. It’s also a great way to evaluate whether the foods you’re eating throughout the week are helping or hindering your healthy living goals. A fitness journal is all about personal progress. It’s a place where you can write down your aspirations, achievements, and reflections. You set your own goals on your own terms.
Find a buddy
Having someone you shares your desire to live a healthy, fit life can do wonders for your workout routine. They’re the friend you text to see if they’d like to join you on a jog around the neighborhood, or run through the trails, or to hit up the gym with you. And when you’ve made plans to meet up to work out, you’re less likely to bail out on them because you’ll feel guilty — which will push you to actually get up and go!
Schedule it in
Make the most of your smartphone, computer, or desk planner and schedule your workouts and fitness activities into your calendar. It’s a good idea to schedule reminders and time blocks so you won’t forget about them. Seeing your workouts laid out across the week can help you stick with those goals — when you complete one, put a check mark or smiley face next to it to remind yourself that, yes, you stuck with it and moved one step closer to your goal.
Prep meals ahead of time
You can use your fitness journal or calendar to plan out meals for the week. Knowing, and seeing in print, what you’re putting into your body will help you stay motivated to choose beneficial foods and avoid those that aren’t so great for your health goals.
Pre-pack a gym bag or lay your clothes out for the morning
Having your clothes and gym bag ready the night before can be a deciding factor in the morning, when you’re debating whether or not to hit the gym or go out for a run. If it’s all ready for you… there’s really no excuse, right?
Join a fitness club or healthy community
Whatever fitness activity you’re into — running, hiking, cycling, yoga, CrossFit — there’s a club or community (like Sweat Pink) with like-minded individuals who can help support and motivate you to stick with your goals. And it’s fun to find friends to connect and work out with in your own city!
I hope these tips inspire you to start, or take another shot at, your healthy living and fitness goals.