How to keep up motivation for your workout routine…

Happy woman riding on exercise bike at the gym

Have you ever abandoned a workout routine simply because you missed a day or two in a row? It happens to the best of us, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Happy woman riding on exercise bike at the gymLike most things, establishing a consistent workout habit takes time. Even after you have, there will be times when you just aren’t “feeling it.” Ward off these issues by keeping the following tips in mind.

Treat workouts as a non-negotiable part of your day

One of the best ways to sabotage a fitness routine is by promising yourself that you’ll find time to work out but not bothering to actually pencil it into your day. You wouldn’t do that about other important things like brushing your teeth or doing the dishes, and working out matters just as much. Adopt the mindset that working out is a crucial daily responsibility.

Always be working toward a goal

No matter what level of fitness you are at, there are always new goals that you can strive to achieve. Make a point of having a goal to work toward at all times. It can be a fairly major goal like running your first marathon, or it can be something simpler like working out for 30 minutes per day five days per week for a month.

Whatever it is, make it realistic–and be sure to reward yourself after achieving it. Buying new workout clothes from Fabletics, for example, is a terrific way to treat yourself.

Create an easy workout plan for at home

Even when you schedule in your usual workouts, there will be times when you just won’t be able to fit them into your day. If nothing else, have a simple workout routine that you can do at home for times like these. That way, you can quickly squeeze in some kind of physical activity before leaving the house, and you won’t feel guilty about skipping a workout.

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Have fun

Let’s face it: You aren’t going to keep up with your fitness routine if you dread every minute of it. While working out is supposed to be work, it should excite you and keep you interested too. Try new activities often to identify new things that you enjoy. After all, variety is the spice of life.

When first establishing a fitness regimen, finding motivation can be hard. It won’t always be like that, though, so stick with it and keep these tips in mind until it is more like second nature to you.

About Deborah Garlick

I'm the founder of Henpicked. I love reading the wonderful stories and articles women send us - I read every one. I've learnt so much and hope others enjoy them too. I believe life's about being happy and that we're here to help one another. And that women are far wiser than they often realise. I'm passionate about helping women live better lives by educating on the facts about menopause. I'm a Director of Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace and one of the authors of Menopause: the change for the better.