Running In The Right Direction: How To Stay Committed To Your Workouts

If there’s one thing that just about everyone struggles with it’s the fact that committing to any kind of exercise routine is far from easy. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things there is. After all, if it were easy, there wouldn’t be so many people canceling their gym memberships as soon as their contract with their gym expires! But does that mean that, if you find it difficult to commit to any given workout routine, you’re doomed? Well, fortunately not! In fact, there are plenty of things that you can do in order to help yourself commit more strongly to your workout and start to see genuine results.


Pick something you enjoy


One of the biggest problems that many people face when it comes to finding a workout that they actually want to commit to is the fact that they find it boring. A lot of people think of exercise like a chore that they have to slog through. Because of this it’s hardly any surprise that so many people find themselves giving up entirely. If you want to feel motivated to work out regularly, pick something that you really enjoy. Rather than going to the gym and hitting the treadmill every time, why not mix it up and try different things? Perhaps getting involved with some kind of sport can make exercise more engaging. After all, when you’ve got something else to focus your mind on, it’s often much easier to keep pushing yourself to work out for long periods of time. This is especially effective if it’s a team sport and you’re able to build up some friendships that can keep you coming back time and time again.


Choose a workout that actually works


Of course, nothing is more likely to leave people unmotivated to work out; it’s feeling like your routine isn’t actually having any impact. Sure, exercise is a long process, and no one is going to find themselves waking up with a six-pack after hitting the gym once. However, spending months and months working out and seeing no results whatsoever can be incredibly demoralizing and enough to make a lot of people want to give up altogether. If you want to find a workout that really works, then you need to start thinking about what your goals really are. Not only that but it’s a good idea to avoid paying money for workouts and methods that aren’t going to have results. is a great example of how even a very popular workout method can be relatively ineffective. You should think about what it is that you really want to get out of your exercise routine and build your workout around the results that you want to see.    


Fit it into your routine


Exercise can be something of an inconvenience a lot of the time. This is pretty understandable since most people live rather busy lives and trying to juggle exercise around things like work, family and a social life can be a real challenge. However, that being said, there’s no denying that many people have at least a bit of time each week that they could be dedicating to getting in shape. The best thing to do is to make a habit of exercising. Fit it into your routine and make is as second nature as getting up to go to work in the morning. Making your workouts a part of your overall routine isn’t always easy and will take a bit of time. But eventually, you will find that workout out becomes just as much of a habit as anything else that you do. At which point it won’t even really feel like that much of an effort at all.


Find someone to hold you accountable


It’s easy to make excuses to yourself; it’s much harder to make excuses to someone else. One of the most effective methods that many people have found to give themselves that extra bit of motivation is to take someone else along with that. That way you can motivate each other and avoid letting each other give up when things start to get boring or a little bit difficult. Not only that but it’s much easier to really push yourself to the limit when you’ve got a friend cheering you on. Gyms can be pretty intimidating places and having someone else around can make the whole experience much more pleasant. You can even think of it as a chance to simply spend some time with someone that you care about while simultaneously getting in shape. Of course, if you both decide to give up then that can be pretty difficult to come back from, but you are definitely less likely to give up when you have someone else holding you accountable than you are if you’re just trying to persevere all on your own.


No excuses!


There are a million and one excuses that people have for why they can’t go to the gym. They don’t have the time. They don’t have the money. They’re too tired after work. The list really does go on and on. But if you really want to make a change when it comes to your health and your appearance, you can’t afford to make any excuses. It’s time to start holding yourself to a higher standard, and you should refuse to listen to that little voice in your head that is telling you to give up. Being disciplined and pushing yourself past what you might previously have thought you were capable of it one of the most important things that you can learn if you really want to stay committed to your workout.


Of course, these things can only go so far towards helping you achieve your fitness goals. When it all comes down to it, the only person who has total control over your workout is you. If you want to see results and make the most of your workout, then you’ve got to be willing to put in the hard work and not just give up when things get tough.

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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