We’ve seen it a million times. People come to the gym with great intentions and work out consistently for a month, then they disappear. Why? For one reason or another, they had trouble committing. It happens to the best of us, but with these tips, you can actually stick to your gym routine and get the results you want.
5 Ways to Stick to your Gym Routine
1. Determine your Situation
Genuinely committing to your gym routine starts with an honest assessment of your personal situation. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How many days a week can I realistically work out?
- How much time per day can I spend at the gym?
- What do I want to achieve from my new gym routine?
Be completely honest about everything. If your busy schedule will only allow you to spend 45 minutes per day, three days per week at the gym, don’t choose a routine that requires more time than that. You’ll be setting yourself up for failure. It’s better to start off easy.
2. Make an Appointment with Yourself
Once you’ve figured out how much time you can spend working out, establish which days you’re actually going to go to the gym and when rather than skipping days whenever you feel like it.
For example, let’s say you select Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings before work as gym days. On Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights, prepare meals and lay out clothes for the next day. This way, you can wake up and be ready to go.
3. Plan your Path in the Gym
Whether you’re training for weight loss, cardio endurance, bodybuilding or strength, you’ll likely benefit from using several different pieces of equipment in the gym. Know which ones you will use beforehand.
If you step into the gym without a plan, you’re going to give a halfhearted effort and not achieve the results you want.
4. Get a Personal Trainer
A personal trainer is one of the most invaluable tools at your disposal. Rather than spending hours and hours on the internet stressing about which workout program is best for you, a trainer will give you no-frills advice on how to achieve your goals. No time wasted.
They’ll also hold you accountable. You’re far more likely to go to the gym and give full effort during each workout when there’s someone there to motivate you.
5. Forgive Yourself
Every now and then, you’re going to have days where you skip the gym or eat an extremely unhealthy meal. It’s okay. It happens. If it was easy to live a healthy lifestyle 100 percent of the time, everyone would be in incredible shape.
A few slipups aren’t going to erase months of progress. Don’t let those discourage you and derail you from achieving your long-term goals!
Sticking to a gym routine isn’t always easy, but apply these tips and soon enough it’ll become part of your lifestyle.