When it comes to exercise, the first three months are always the hardest. If you want to stay motivated beyond that, variety and focus are the keys to success. Giving up cannot be an option.
Back in cavemen times, our ancestors had choice but to stay fit and healthy. Staying strong ensured their survival.
However, nowadays one of the biggest challenges that most people face when they follow a workout routine is that they are not able to stick with the program for an extended period of time, especially after more than three months.
This poses quite a challenge as you cannot expect to the results of your workout sessions that quickly. It takes up to three months for the body to start to get into shape and actually show some sign of improvement.
Unfortunately, most people lose their motivation when they do not see the desired results quick enough. Following are a few tips that will help keep you in the right frame of mind for exercising beyond the first 90 days.
Don’t Go It Alone
If you have difficulty staying on track with your regular workouts, consider hiring a trainer. Having a trainer on hand will motivate you to go beyond your normal limits and encourage you to stick with your routine.
Alternatively, you can talk to a friend or family member who may be willing to work out with you. This will help keep both of you motivated to exercise, catching up, having fun and working out at the same time.
Mix Up Your Routine
If you find yourself having problems with actually getting up and going to the gym, then chances are that you are getting bored with the same old routine and simply don’t feel like doing it anymore. To resolve this situation, you need to incorporate a little fun into your routine. Instead of just lifting weights each session, mix up the routine with cross training.
Go swimming one day. Play some sports. Then go to the gym and do your weight training. Mixing up the routine is great way to get rid of the boredom and drag of the regular workout routine, especially after the first three months.
Set Specific Goals
If you are one of those people that want to see results really fast, then it is important to set goals for yourself. Having realistic goals allows you to evaluate your workout effectiveness periodically.
In the case of exercising, it is good to set goals on a weekly and monthly basis. Think of them as milestones you need to reach on the way to your ultimate objective. Achieving goals will definitely give you a motivation boost and keep you going beyond the first three months.
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