Have you ever started a new exercise routine, only to give up a week or month later?
You initially felt inspired and couldn’t help but daydream of the great results you would achieve. But, as time passed, the initial enthusiasm faded, and you found yourself asking, “Why do I even bother?”
Before you knew it, you found yourself lacking motivation, on the sofa, ready to catch the latest episode of your favourite TV show.
The question is, what can you do to be more consistent, make fitness part of your life, and reach your goals?
Set The Right Goals
Beginners often struggle with consistency because there are no clear objectives. In other words, people don’t know what they might miss out on if they give up or don’t push themselves.
Another reason for giving up is that people often set the wrong goals and doom themselves to failure right from the start.
The good news is that setting the right goals will help you become more consistent by clarifying the objectives.
A good goal should be:
Instead of setting arbitrary goals, follow the above points to make them much more actionable. You can set long-term goals, and additional short-term focused goals to help you get there.
Long-Term Goal – “I want to be able to fit into my old jeans by Christmas.”
Short-Term Goal – “I want to do three workouts a week for the next four weeks’
Commit to a Sustainable Exercise Plan
Once you’ve set a specific goal, it will be easier to find the right exercise plan.
For example, let’s say you want to increase your bench press by 20 kgs in the next six months. In that case, you can work with a coach or find a programme focusing on the bench press and its variations.
Alternatively, you might want to reduce your body fat percentage. In that case, you can look for a programme that combines cardio with resistance training, emphasizing calorie-burning and whole-body workouts.
Boogie Bounce is a fantastic option for this. Fun routines that don’t feel like exercise, low-impact, and a high-calorie burn all in a 20-30 minute workout on a lightweight, folding rebounder, ticks a lot of boxes.
You should pick an exercise plan that offers flexibility and gets you closer to your goals. Flexibility is vital for staying consistent, and making progress toward your goals is motivating.
Log Your Workouts
Logging your workouts might seem tedious or unnecessary, but it is a great habit.
Writing down your workouts allows you to see if you’re making progress and make adjustments if necessary. For example, if you see that you haven’t made progress in recent weeks, you can change your approach.
If you are making progress, you will feel motivated to keep moving forward.
One option is to use a phone app. Alternatively, get a simple workout log to record each workout.
Get Clear On The Details
Many beginners struggle with consistency because they go about fitness in an unstructured manner. Instead of getting clear on all the training-related details, they approach it with the mindset of, “I hope I can find the time to exercise a few times this week.”
Sure enough, they start working out but start skipping workouts after a while.
A much better approach is to clear up all the details. The first step we discussed is to set specific goals and use that to put together or find an effective training plan.
Next, you should get clear on these four things:
- When will you exercise?
- Where will you exercise?
- At what time will you work out?
- How long will your sessions last?
“I will exercise on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays [When] at my local gym [Where] from 6 to 7 PM [What time, How long].”
Find a Way to Work Around Other Obligations
You’ve probably heard the saying, “If there is a will, there is a way.” It means people find a way to do something if they really want to.
It can admittedly be very difficult to make time for exercise. But, if you make it as much of a commitment as the other things in your life, follow the steps above and are flexible, you will manoeuvre around other obligations and make it work.
Sit down and take a look at your life. Ask the following questions:
- Can I fit exercise into my day?
- Can I rearrange certain tasks to become more efficient and save time?
- Can I drop or outsource something in favour of daily exercise?
Asking yourself these questions can help you develop creative ways to add fitness to your life and still do everything else that’s important. For example, you might realize that your mornings aren’t as busy, allowing for a quick morning session.
Or perhaps you can rearrange some of your daily tasks to free up time. For instance, instead of driving straight home after work, only to go out 40 minutes later and pick up your kids from practice, use the time for an exercise session.
One option is to get back home and exercise. You can use a Mini Trampoline, resistance bands, and other basic equipment. Alternatively, go to the gym after work, exercise, pick up your kids, and then go home.
Keep Yourself Accountable
Finding a way to keep yourself accountable is necessary for ensuring consistency on your fitness journey. One fantastic option is to start exercising with a friend or family member.
An accountability partner can be valuable because you will show up and do the work even when you don’t feel like it. You won’t always want to exercise but knowing that someone expects you to show up is a huge motivator.
Alternatively, you can work with a coach or personal trainer. Aside from providing accountability, an expert can teach you a lot about proper training, good nutrition, and more.
Staying consistent with your fitness journey can be challenging, especially with a full schedule, kids, and more. The great news is that you can make it happen and reach your goals so long as you dedicate yourself and approach it with a can-do attitude.
At Boogie Bounce, we pride ourselves on helping people get fit regardless of their lifestyle. Our products are designed for fantastic workouts at home and on the road. A simple trampoline workout can last only 20 minutes but help you burn calories, improve your cardiovascular health, and more.
Similarly, our Strength & Tone Bands gives you everything you need for a great strength session.
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