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Having an inconsistent fitness routine is more common than you think. The issue lies with staying motivated enough to work out regularly, as most people tend to workout three to four times a week, and that makes it difficult to make exercising a habit.
While it’s simpler to make fitness resolutions, finding sustained workout motivation is hard. We often talk ourselves out of exercising due to low motivation caused by losing momentum. For example, a two-day break between workouts due to a personal exigency, losing confidence because of less than optimal results and being lazy due to the anticipated physical strain that workouts can cause are some common excuses.
Hence, we present to you three workout motivation tips that will help you be consistent with your fitness regime:
This is a useful tip to avoid early burn out, because when you start getting into the rhythm of a workout routine, your body takes time to get accustomed to the stress and exertion on muscles, lungs, heart and joints. Hence, consider starting with a light 20 to 30 minutes exercise routine in the first two-four weeks and then increase the duration and intensity as your body gets accustomed.
The initial resolution and motivation to sign up for a physically intensive exercise class or indulging in unnecessarily strenuous workouts right at the beginning of your fitness journey often backfires. Therefore, start small and commit to a 30-day regime, to begin with, and work slowly towards ‘end of 30 days goals’ such as feeling stronger, energized and even perhaps experiencing a better fit of your clothes.
Having a dedicated time slot for your workout will ensure that you stay consistent and motivated, as it will help you build your workouts into your daily schedule, along with let’s say official meetings, doctor appointments and personal exigencies. Hence, you could consider treating this activity as any other non-negotiable important appointment. Therefore, consider decluttering your fitness regime by investing time in cultivating achievable objectives such as hitting the gym at least two times a week at 7:30 AM, followed by brisk walking three days a week at 7 AM.
Doing the same set of exercises every week may also lead to a lack of motivation. Hence, consider mixing in a yoga session to your weekly plan, as it will help break the monotony and also improve the health of your muscles, joints, and organs. It is also great for flexibility, strength, stamina and mobility, and keeps the mind relaxed and focused. Resistance bands are also a great tool as it can be used from the comfort of your home, builds muscle strength, helps stretch the body for warm-ups and improves mobility.
Ladies, you can keep working out regularly if you follow these workout motivation tips!