Wednesday, July 13, 2011

6 Tips For Sticking To A Fitness Routine



I'm not perfect when it comes to working out consistently. Truthfully, among my CrossFit friends I may be one of the least consistent. However, I know what it takes to get myself back on track. The most important thing is to take action even if you feel reluctant. When I push myself to workout often I feel better and therefore start developing a healthy routine. Here are some of my tips for making it stick:

1. Be Consistent
Skipping one day can easily lead to skipping more. Just being consistent for a few days often gives me the motivation to keep going for months.

2. Consider Exercise an Escape
When I started realizing that my workouts were quality "me" time I started valuing them more. A long run or yoga session are great at rejuvenating my mind and spirit.

3. Workout in the Morning
I always set goals to workout in the morning. Too often I end up getting really busy and end up skipping the gym. Going in the morning always makes me feel great throughout the day and it's checked off my list.

5. Train for an Event 
Having a solid goal to shoot for is always a good motivator. Signing up for a 3k, 6k, or triathlon gives you a target to focus on. Signing up for a boot camp is also a great way to stick to a routine.

6. Find A Workout You Like 
Finding a workout that you enjoy is crucial. You'll never want to go if it's torture. For me it's CrossFit. I never get bored and I get to visit my friends.

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38 comments:

emilie said...

Thanks for these tips!!
I will try to put them in application
I wish you a good day,

émilie
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Julie Khuu said...

As I get older I realize how imperative the combination of diet and exercise truly is to maintain a healthy lifestyle! Your tips are perfect for awareness, then action! awesome post!

xo-Julie
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Tayler said...

these are definitely work out tips to live by!

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Nicole said...

These are great tips. I might also add to treat working out at a very important appointment. You wouldn't miss a dentist appointment of meeting with the boss - you shouldn't give yourself a pass for working out either. Write it down and stick to it!

Emilie said...

Love this post, so motivating!
xx

Steph said...

SO true! I always try my best to do what you just said, it might be hard to workout in the beginning but after the first couple of days I can't live without it!

kisses

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Dancing Branflake said...

These are all great advice, especially training for an event. Nothing motivates me than knowing I have something tangible to push for.

Nicole said...

Great tips!

Kisses from Hong Kong,
Nicole

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

Great advices! Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated but these are really helpful!

xxx,
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Michelle Lee said...

great tips

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Leya said...

thanks for the tips hun...
i always skip working out..hehe

c.w.f.h.l. said...

thanks for the tips. just started cross fit last week - very hard but so far i love it!

Marie said...

I love this post.. It's just what I needed!!

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Closet Cravings said...

I've found that finding a workout you enjoy is key to being consistent. When I get bored with a workout I try something new. =)

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The Style Box said...

Definitely agree with the morning thing and the skipping days thing. I get up at 6am to do my workout and it makes me feel so much better all day knowing that I've already got that done. I feel like I can be more productive because I don't have the dread of a workout to face once a long day at work is over.

I'm also really bad at skipping a couple of days if I miss one! That's got to be my worst habit!
x

Jin said...

I agree that consistency is key to staying on track. I wish that I could workout in morning but I cant manage to make it to the gym by 5am.
I love this post!!!

Amanda Hill said...

I am starting a new program on monday...I will be applying these! I have a trainer so hopefully that helps too!

court. said...

I'm so ready for crossfit but it's sooo expensive! are you paying as you go for drop ins or do you just bite the bullet and throw down $?

I'm trying to get my bf into it but it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks ;)

nicole said...

I would agree with all of these - except working out RIGHT after work (my gym is on my way home) is best for me. Along these lines, I would suggest choosing a gym/workout facility/exercise class that's very close by. And: Invite a friend or coworker to join you. Having friends in my bootcamp class encourages me to go; we hold each other accountable. xo.

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CessOviedo said...

this post comes across in the perfect time for me, stuck at home wondering why working out is so hard for me, well now I have to try this 6 tips! Thank you!

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Stephanie said...

this is great advice. especially after having babies, workouts get thrown to the wayside... BUT they are so important. #2 and #5 are my big motivators now. great post.

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls said...

Great tips! ...that reminds me... MUST go for a run tonight ;)

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Sammy said...

Great tips! I justs did some workout this evening after having been skipping it for almost a month. Thanks for sharing :)

Sam

Jessica Gitler said...

I love this, I couldn't agree with you more. One that works for me is to reward myself when I hit certain goals, such as when I hit the weight I want or if I don't miss a day for a month I get to buy myself a big ticket item that I have been wanting forever!
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Caroline said...

#5 Always does it for me!! Love these tips! XO!

Ambyr said...

I used to hate working out, with a passion. Over the past year and a half I've found workouts (running, swimming, hiking) that I actually enjoy and feel like a mental break from reality. So I've happily been more consistant! It's a great feeling after too!

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Sarah Baucom said...

#2 is exactly how I see exercise (most of the time). I need "me" time and it comes in the form of getting really sweaty, jammin to the Britney Pandora station, and getting fit. There is no better feeling than walking out of the gym after kicking your own butt and knowing you are still on your own healthy journey!

Shannon said...

These are great tips! Gotta bookmark so I remember. Especially the one about working out in the morning. I always work out in the evenings because I don't want to get up earlier, but then end up not feeling like going in the evening.

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November Grey said...

Great advice! Thank you!

J'Anns Boutique said...

Consistency is my biggest issue, who wants to wake up early when I could sleep? don't worry my thighs jiggle with guilt :-(

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Nancy Drew said...

This tips are so helpful. Thanks!

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Josie said...

Perfect tips, Taylor! I agree; being consistent is really important.
xo Josie
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Taylor Sterling said...

I love reading how you ladies stay in shape or want to stay in shape! Keep it up!

Kourtney said...

Love this post! But you forgot tip #4 so this is only 5 tips...would love to have one more tip if you'd like to share it! :)

simplychicforcheap said...

great tips :)

The.Red.See said...

Great tips! Working out in the morning has always been my biggest problem- not much of a morning person at all. But it's true if you don't work out in the morning and your day is busy you can easily miss a workout.

Red Door Living said...

I'm a cf'er too and it's completely addicting :) It's so fun to see some of my fav bloggers that are also Crossfit enthusiasts as well! Good luck with consistency!

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