5 ways to stay motivated to exercise

Everyone you know would have made New Year resolutions around weight loss and exercise – only to break their vow midway. Everyone has their reason to quit – tough work week, momentum break on account of a vacation, or something else. While gym memberships see a sudden upsurge in January, it’s important to understand that if you can work out for 2 weeks, you can sustain the momentum. Mentioned below are 5 basic tips to help you continue with your fitness plan.

Distance makes the heart (and the rest of the body) grow fonder

When it comes to following your exercise routine, lesser the distance, the better. Join a fitness center (gym, pilates class, yoga centre, park or something else) that’s not too far away from your home or work area. Fit your exercise into your routine. Make it a ritual to visit the fitness center every day. On the day when you don’t feel like straining yourself, involve yourself in light activities to keep your body busy. Making exercise a part of your daily routine is a difficult part. Once you’re past that, it gets easier.

Set Realistic Goals

Set weekly goals, to begin with – these could be weight loss, muscle weight gain or something else. Make your goals quantifiable and check progress at the end of each month. Look at reasons for overachieving or underachieving and make changes accordingly. Once you’re in the groove, make these fortnightly or monthly.

Mix & Match

You love cardio? That’s great! Mix it up with 15-20 minutes of strength training in the middle of the week to keep yourself engaged. This way, you’ll have something new to do in the middle of the week, and the change will spice up your mundane workout schedule.

Maintain a log

According to a research, maintaining a log of your activities is the most important factor for weight loss. An app, or even a simple excel of your daily calorie intake along with your workout schedule can help you stay on top of your fitness game.

Check What You Eat

Know what you’re eating. Eating everything in moderation is okay. However, it’s important to note that a 45 minute workout session accounts for nothing if you substitute it with a 1,000 Kcal dinner.

Even if you have health insurance to bank on, nothing can really help you regain good health, once it’s lost for good. So, go ahead and work your way to better health.

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