• How to Stick With Your Workouts: Tips from Consistent Exercisers

    May 8, 2014

    Working out day after day can sometimes feel like a chore, right? Yet there are some people who seem like they almost never skip a workout. How do they do it? I asked some of my favorite health and fitness bloggers about what keeps them motivated and consistent with their workouts, and here’s what they had to say!

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    Monica Olivas * Run Eat Repeat

    I think finding an exercise routine or class you LOVE is the best way to stick with it. When you are having fun it doesn’t seem like a chore – you actually look forward to getting your sweat on! I love running, so that’s what I do. And I suggest you figure out a way to sweat that is fun for YOU.

    Gina Harney * The Fitnessita

    Something that helps me stick to my fitness routine is to make it a non-negotiable part of my day. Maybe I have to shorten my workout or change the time around, but it will happen at some point in the day. I think something else that helps me remain consistent is that I’m always changing it up. This way, I have something new to look forward to and don’t feel bored with my routine.

    Roni Noone * Roni’s Weigh

    My #1 tip for staying consistent with exercise is to schedule it. I have all my gym dates and runs in my calendar. Sometimes they are in the morning, sometimes at night, sometimes squished in at lunch, but, at the beginning of the week, I look ahead and plan my workouts just like I do everything else that I’ve made a priority.

    Julie Fagan * Peanut Butter Fingers

    Switching to morning workouts has made the biggest difference in terms of the consistency of my workouts. Nothing pops up on my calendar at 5am and I love beginning the day doing something positive for my body. Plus, by the time I actually feel like I’m awake, my workout is over!

    Cassey Ho * Blogilates

    What’s kept me consistent is picking something I really love doing. For me, Pilates has been my go-to exercise since high school and it’s always made me feel good. It never felt like a chore and that’s the key to sticking to an active lifestyle. You have to love it and keep itching for more!

    Lindsay Livingston * The Lean Green Bean

    Keep trying new things until you find something you love. If you love your workouts and are excited about doing them, you’re more likely to do them consistently throughout the week and not let life get in the way.

    Find a time of day that works best for you. Just because someone else is getting up at 5am to go running, doesn’t mean you have to. If your day goes more smoothly if you sleep in and do your workout at 5pm, do that! There is no right or wrong time to workout. What’s important is that you get it done!

    Sarah Dussault * Sarah Fit

    Instead of meeting friends to go out for drinks, make it a date to try a studio or class together. This works well when I want to wake up for an early class. Signing up ahead of time is like an insurance policy too because you don’t want to get charged for not showing up! I particularly do this when I know I have a busy week.

    Jess Allen * Blonde Ponytail

    As a former college athlete, exercise was already programmed into my schedule. Once my eligibility expired, I had to schedule exercise on my own. Now, I block out time for workouts just like any appointment or meeting. It is an important part of my day, even more so now that I’m a mom!

    Anne Mauney * FANNEtastic Food

    The biggest thing that helps to keep me consistent is workout buddies! Especially for morning workouts/runs, knowing I have someone waiting for me is what gets me out of bed. I don’t want to disappoint them! It also turns the workout into a fun social outing. I’m a big fan of multitasking by combining catching up with friends and exercise

    Carla Birnberg * Carla Birnberg

    For me it is as simple as doing what I can when I can and—as zany as this sounds—doing less than I can each day! I’m a pretty non-traditional exerciser anyway (I favor PLAYouts over WORKouts – Freeze Tag over fitness classes) yet I’ve found always doing LESS than I am capable of results in my waking the next day WANTING to do more! This approach has made certain I don’t overtrain. I’m never ‘too sore to move’ and I look forward to PLAYING again the next day. This approach helped me shed 35 pounds over two decades ago (!) and consistently ENJOY maintaining my loss.

    Brittany Mullins * Eating Bird Food

    I’ve been able to stick with a consistent workout routine over the years by doing things that I enjoy and switching up my routine frequently so that I never get bored. Doing the same type of workout, at the same intensity day after day isn’t exciting — it gets repetitive and your body adapts so you most likely won’t see much change in terms of weight-loss or strength building either.

    Ashley * Coffee Cake and Cardio

    The key to being consistent with your workouts is to find a workout you love!  When you love what you do, you’ll find yourself never wanting to miss your workouts! I can never pass up a spin workout. It is the workout that leaves me feeling the best and keeps me coming back for more.

    Jennipher Walters * Fit Bottomed Girls

    Have a goal with a reward. Whether it’s to do more push-ups, run faster or even work out for five times in a week for at least 10 minutes a session, a weekly or monthly goal really helps me to focus and stay consistent. And the reward? Whether it’s a pair of flip flops, a guilty pleasure magazine or a workout song download, is just icing on the cake!

    Record it. Lots of studies show that tracking your workouts whether on actual pen and paper or online or on an app helps people to stay on track. For years I’ve been recording my workouts and my foam rolling sessions (only way I’ll do ‘em!) in a journal. It’s fun to look back and see how far I’ve come, and it motivates me to keep going!

    Focus on how good you feel when you’re regularly working out. Working out consistently gives me energy and makes me feel more confident. Whenever I’m in a workout rut or can’t get motivated, just remembering that exercise always makes me feel awesome, is usually enough reason to stay consistent. Plus, when you stay consistent with it, you don’t have to start over and over again from square one!

    Theodora Blanchfield * Preppy Runner

    I stay consistent by taking group fitness classes that I have to book in advance. I get penalized for not showing up, so I don’t want to lose that money! This also forces me to make it a non-negotiable part of my schedule and arrange things around it so I definitely make it.

    And a tip from me!

    Tina Haupert * Carrots ‘N’ Cake

    Don’t put away your gear! If you’re a long-time reader of CNC, you probably notice random sneakers in the background of my photos on occasion. It’s partly because I’m a slob, but also because I like leaving my sneakers out as a visual reminder to get moving—like taking Murphy for a long walk or going to a CrossFit class later in the day. Same goes with my foam roller. I keep it in the living room to remind me to roll out my tight muscles. And, of course, this works for other gear like dumbbells, resistance bands, etc. Keep them in your living room or bedroom as a constant reminder to fit in some exercise!

    Question of the Day

    What keeps you motivated and consistent with your workouts?

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    Sarah May 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I agree with Julie that morning workouts definitely work for me. It starts me off on the right foot every day!

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