If you've ever decided to take a night off from working out and that instance turned into two nights, then three and so forth, don't worry – you're not alone. Sometimes, finding motivation to stay fit and stick to a workout routine can seem impossible. News flash: it is possible, it just might take a little more effort in the self-persuasion department. Don't beat yourself up over not sticking to your New Year's resolution to workout every night. Instead, follow these foolproof tips to get you up and going even when it seems like a hopeless endeavor.
Here are six tricks that'll help you stick to your new workout routine.
1. Invest in a personal trainer
If you're spending your hard-earned dollars on your fitness, there's a good chance you won't let that money go to waste. Women's Health magazine suggested paying for a personal trainer to help get you into shape this year. Not only will professional guidance and knowledge help you in the long run, but the fact that you're paying for their services will be a huge motivator. Some trainers even charge if you cancel, so that's an even better reason not to skip.
2. Take a "before" picture
If you want to be able to track your progress, take a picture before you start training. Vow to take a new picture on the same day every week so you can get a better idea of the improvements you've made. If you skip a day or two at the gym, your new picture may show little to no results. By promising to take a picture once a week, you'll want to work to get the best results possible in the time allotted.
3. Bet on it
Active suggested finding a friend or co-worker with the same goals as you and challenging them to a fitness contest. The first person to lose a certain amount of weight or to succeed in a particular fitness standard wins. You can place money on the bet, or have the simple satisfaction of bragging rights when the contest is completed. At the end of the day, no matter how much you lose, you'll still be winning in your personal fitness goal.
4. Keep your workout journey personal
If you're not interested in others knowing about your new workout routine, don't tell them! Health magazine suggested keeping your fitness journey personal. You shouldn't be trying to impress anyone but yourself. Stay focused on your own goals, not anyone else's.
5. Ease into your new routine
One of the most important parts of starting a new fitness plan is to make sure you're easing into it. Don't expect to be able to run so many miles or lift so much weight on day one. Start with small goals and work your way up to achieve larger ones. Also, don't tell yourself you'll go to the gym seven days a week. Start with two, then four, then five or six and always give yourself a break day. The muscles in your body need some time for recovery.
6. Continue challenging yourself
If you've finally motivated yourself to keep a consistent workout schedule, don't get comfortable! Once you've perfected your routine and you find yourself going through the motions, it's time to step things step a notch. Change in physique only happens when each movement is pushed to the fullest extent. Increase the time you spend doing cardio or add a little more weight to your lifting routine. This'll give you a new challenge and it'll reduce your chance of becoming bored with your workout.