6 Golden Rules for Sticking to your Workouts

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Amelia Phillips

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Have you started an exercise program with the best of intentions only to lose motivation and quit? Why is it that some people can stick to their programs and some not? Are they freaks? Or maybe they live by the 6 golden rules of exercise. Follow these to ensure you stick to your workouts and take your body to an extraordinary level.

  1. Keep it interesting: Mix up your activities. Choose ones that you like that can increase in intensity as you improve.
  2. Make sure it’s convenient: Pick a time and a place that works for you. Read my other blog on the best time of day to exercise. Being close to home or work is best.
  3. Exercise with a buddy/trainer: They lift you up when you’re feeling flat and create that social outlet that makes exercise so much more enjoyable. Plus it adds healthy competition.
  4. Set realistic goals: And set short and medium goals, not just long term. Sometimes the best goals for working professionals are the number of sessions per week. Make this month’s goals to train 4 times per week for 4 weeks in a row.
  5. Keep track of your physical activity: Measure it, weigh it, log it, compare it. Performance measurements are more important than body composition results in the beginning. If the performance improves, the body will follow.
  6. Reward yourself: When you’ve achieved a goal, reward yourself! Sometimes the best reward is rest. Take a week off every 6-8 weeks (guilt free). Book yourself a massage, restaurant, splurge! And tell your loved ones about your achievement.

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  • cheddarfix

    Great post =). Having a person join you while working out is a great motivator. I like having a partner when I work out, although I also like to go solo too.

  • Amelia Burton

    Hi Cheddarfix,
    How great is it when you find a like-minded buddy to train with! So long as they are a motivator but not a crutch, I think it works really well. Personal Trainers and group fitness instructors are a good substitute for a training buddy and I encourage gym members to try them out. If you know someone will miss you when you don’t turn up and will praise you when you succeed, it keeps you coming back for more.

  • online fitness health

    Yeah that I was before , I set goals but when I am tired I just leave it and go to another work out.

  • Amelia Burton

    Hi Online Fitness health,

    So long as your total number of weekly workouts remains the same, there is nothing wrong with mixing it up a bit to stay motivated.

  • freaky

    Thanks, Amelia. After a long time of being de-motivated after best of intentions, I’m finally reaching my goals.

    Wish I was at Definition to show you all!

    I’ll also remember a rule that you told me many years ago – the 5 minute rule. Tell yourself when you don’t want to work out that you’ll just do 5 minutes… you’ll end up doing the lot! It works!

    Mel Fyfe xxx

  • Amelia Burton

    Hi Freaky (aka Mel!),

    Great to hear you are achieving awesome results, well done!

    Ahhh yes the five minute rule. I should write an article on that little gem!