Life is hectic. Your responsibilities and how you feel can fluctuate from day to day. This can make it difficult to work out on a consistent basis. We get it. That’s why we want to share a few practical things that you can do that can help you work out more consistently.
A common mistake when people begin working out is to give their all, too much, all at once. Motivation is powerful, but it is fleeting. Especially if your workout schedule causes you to become burnt out. That workout style can then lead to you missing a workout, then two, then three... So, the first thing you need to do is cut yourself some slack. Make sure you build rest days into your workout routine so that you do not become burnt out. And if you miss one workout, don’t be too hard on yourself. Things happen. Just try your best to not miss two workouts in a row so that you don’t lose momentum.
Another hindrance to a consistent workout routine is having a lack of direction. That’s why creating a workout plan is critical. Determine when you will work out, for how long, and what style of exercise you'll be doing. This will ensure that you will not waste your time figuring out what to do during your allotted workout time and it will also help you see the progress you make. If you can lift more weight or do more reps of a certain exercise than you could a few weeks ago, document that. Seeing progress is a great way to motivate yourself to stick with it.
A third way to build consistency into your workouts is to be flexible. As we have said previously, things happen. Sometimes things just don’t go according to plan, so it is best to plan to be flexible. If your gym closes for renovations or you are not feeling up to the intensity of the workout you had planned, you can always adjust. Maybe you can do bodyweight workouts at home or if you are feeling sore, maybe you can do some yoga for gentle movement. Just because something changed the plan, doesn't mean you have to give up completely. In fact, variation in your training routine can even make your workouts more exciting and keep you motivated.
Being consistent is the key to making progress in your workouts and feeling good. Having someone you can be accountable to can also help you stay motivated. If that sounds like something you would benefit from, come meet our trainers at Junkyard Training! We would love to help you succeed in whatever fitness goals you have.