How To Start a Fitness Routine That Sticks

18 December 2021

The new year is just around the corner, which means that a lot of individuals will be thinking of and pursuing a variety of different goals – otherwise known as new year’s resolutions. Many of those resolutions are preoccupied with physical appearance. 

Some people swear they’ll build up their muscle, and others say they’ll slim down. Or perhaps they want to get fitter and have more stamina or compete in a specific event that they need to train for. No matter what it is, the new year is a good excuse to start heading towards your goals.

The resolve to begin a fitness program is easily one of the most common of all new year’s resolutions. Every year, many people begin a similar pattern. But beginning isn’t the same as sticking to a regimen that lasts past February and makes you feel good about yourself. In fact, although many people start the year with all good intentions, they soon forget about their fitness goals entirely. 

Here are a few pointers to help you get into a habit and keep it going throughout the year.

Do What You Can

Many people who understand just how to create good, lasting habits have emphasized the advantages of beginning a habit at a level that is simply too small to fail. So this means that you shouldn’t strive to execute your whole exercise routine right away, but rather scale it down and gradually increase the quantity of exercise you do until you’re pushing yourself more and more.

Keep in mind that the important thing at this point is not to overwork yourself. Rather, it’s to start turning exercise into the type of long-term habit that stays. And, in order to implant that habit, you should eliminate as much resistance as possible – so do what you can, no matter how small an amount that might be, and build up slowly but surely.

Reward Yourself

When attempting to establish a new habit, it’s critical to reward yourself right away for doing things right. This is because the region of the brain that forms new habits is highly driven by instant gratification.

Sure, you know that running on a daily basis will keep you healthy and happy in the long run. However, it may not be such a fun thing to do in the here and now. So, after every exercise, treat yourself to something you like, and it will be much easier to enjoy more. Having said that, your incentives should be proportionate to your objectives. It would be a terrible idea to reward yourself with a bar of chocolate or a donut if you’re trying to lose weight; a better reward would be to take some time for yourself, to read a book, perhaps check out for some updates and so on.

Use Current Habits

It’s far easier to build a new habit when it’s linked to an existing behavior, particularly one that you do effortlessly every day. You could, for example, choose to do your morning exercise soon after having breakfast. Because breakfast is likely something you do every day (or at least it should be), the end of breakfast is likely to be an excellent trigger for the beginning of your exercise routine – you’ll find it hard to forget. Similarly, if you have to commute to work, start walking or cycling instead of driving.

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