How To Build–And Keep–A Fitness Routine

When we decide to begin a fitness routine, we are usually excited in the beginning. We have our reasons for getting started, whether to lose weight, look better, or just feel better, and we’re eager to dive right now and start seeing results.


We start off with a pretty good plan–we’re going to wake up earlier in the morning, take a shorter lunch, or vow to get home later a few times a week. It goes well for awhile.


Then one morning you hit snooze a few too many times. You skip your workout, but that’s okay, you can make it up tomorrow. A client lunch means another day gone, and then you have in-laws visit so you don’t have time to make it to the gym.

Before you know it, three weeks have passed and you’ve melted back into your old non-physical lifestyle as if the person who had the great exercise routine never existed.

What Happened and How You Can Prevent This From Happening Again

With our busy lives, exercise is something we actually have to work to fit into our everyday routines. It needs to become an ingrained habit in such a way that we can’t imagine our lives without it.

The most important thing that you can do to develop this habit is to do exercise that you enjoy. If going to the gym isn’t your thing, don’t force yourself to do it. That’s the quickest way to ensure that your plan will fail. In fact, engaging in a variety of activities is the best way to keep your exercise plan exciting.


Instead of confining yourself to the gym, try taking your routine outdoors. Sometimes a change of scenery will do wonders for your motivation; plus, it will give you a break from the hectic pace of day-to-day life. You can also step outside of your comfort zone and try something totally new such as pilates or Tae Kwon Do. To help yourself commit, get an exercise buddy and start charting your progress.

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