Posted January 2, 2015
Setting goals to work out regularly is easy. It’s disciplining yourself to set aside time to exercise that can be difficult. Fortunately, each day offers a new opportunity. WebMD offers several tips for sticking to fitness goals. Here are five:
- Variety – Many people quit working out because they get bored. Develop a fitness plan that includes a variety of activities to pique your interest, such as walking, bicycling, fitness classes, lifting, swimming or tennis.
- Accountability – It’s easy to make excuses for not working out, such as being too busy or feeling tired, but it’s more difficult to avoid exercising when your workout partner is waiting for you. Make fitness a priority and find a friend to exercise with who will keep you going.
- Time – Set a regular time for your workout. Many people like to start the day off with exercise, but others prefer to do it after work or school. Find the time that works best for you and stick to it.
- Record – Track your workout activity so you can see progress toward reaching your goals. Many people also like to wear a pedometer, so they can see the number of steps taken during the day. Typically, you should take at least 10,000 steps daily.
- Celebrate success – After engaging in an exercise program for several weeks, you’ll notice some changes. That favorite pair of jeans may fit better, sleep may be more restful, energy levels may be higher or cholesterol and blood pressure levels may be lower. Celebrate these successes and then continue improving.
For additional health tips, review “Six Easy Ways to Improve Your Health.”