Keeping to a fitness plan is hard, especially when you’re new at it. It’s all about consistency and once you get into the habit of working out, it’s much easier to start loving it. It’s important to start a workout routine that you can do long term and here’s how to make fitness a phase to a lifestyle change.
Set SMART Goals
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—setting goals is a huge motivator. Regardless of if you’re new to fitness or coming back to fitness, you need to set goals that are SMART: specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and timebound.
If you’re new to working out, recruit your friends and family to start on the journey with you. This will make you more accountable and it will give you social support.
When you’re starting with fitness, it’s important not to rush into it. Over time you can increase your intensity.
Stick to the same time and day to exercise, so it becomes a habit, instead of something you need to work into your schedule every week.
Have a Backup Plan
When something comes up in your schedule that gets in the way of working out, to help you stay on track, create a backup plan. If you usually work out before work, but you wake up late, plan for a 30-minute walk during your lunch break.