Sticking to This Year’s Resolutions: Tips on Your Home Exercise Routine
Sticking to Your Exercise Resolutions Is Easier Than You Think
Every year like clockwork, or more like calendar work, the gyms of this great nation fill to capacity with starry-eyed optimists. These resolutionists, fresh off a solid month-plus of over indulgence during the holidays, are sure that this will be the year that their exercise program will last beyond Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday.
They sign up for personal training, spin classes, and other year-long commitments that will help their gym of choice stay open for the year to come, even though it may do little to actually help them achieve their body-sculpting goals.
This year, resolve instead to build yourself a foolproof home exercise routine.
It shouldn’t be too difficult, and a quick search of the Internet will provide you with myriad options that you can customize to your availability, interest, and capacity. Remember: slow and steady wins the race. Achieving your fitness goals requires a long-term commitment.
And to help you stick with it, we’ve put together the following list of tips.
Be Specific When You Craft Your Resolutions
Seriously, people. When you’re putting together your home exercise program, be specific about when you’ll exercise and exactly what that exercise will look like.
Understand that you can always adjust your program later if it’s not getting the results you want. Now is not the time to create the perfect home exercise program — now is the time to put together a program that you will actually want to stick to.
Be as specific as you can about the amount of minutes, the days, the amount of reps, and every other detail that you can nail down. Get into it. The more into the planning you get, the more likely you are to invest in making sure that you stick to the plan.
Make Sure to Track Your Progress – Daily, Whenever Possible
Tracking your progress is a great way to stay motivated. If you’re using a time-based set of exercises, keep track of how many reps of each exercise you accomplish in the time allotted. If, on the other hand, you’re using a repetitions-based set of exercises, keep track of the time it takes you to accomplish your reps.
If your selected exercise program contains nothing that you can track, consider scrapping it and starting over. Having measureable, incremental success that you can evaluate on a daily or near-daily basis is a great way to track your progress so you stay motivated.
Set Yourself Up for Success
We all have triggers. Little things that have gotten in the way of us taking care of ourselves the way we’ve always known we should.
Since high school health class, at the very least, you’ve known that you need to get regular exercise. But in recent years, something has always gotten in the way. Well, what is it?
Take some time and think about it. Try to find and remove all the little roadblocks that have kept you from sticking to your exercise program in the past. Eliminating other behaviors and distractions that consistently get in the way of you following through on your resolution can be the best way to insure that you’ll stick with it this time.
Positively Reinforce Your Wins
Lastly, make sure that you take the time to celebrate your wins. If it were easy to stay in shape in America, we wouldn’t be in the kind of national shape we’re in now. Sticking with a home exercise program is an accomplishment, especially if this has been an area of struggle for you in the past.
Celebrate the wins, and daily, whenever possible. Just make sure that celebrating the wins doesn’t involve indulging yourself in one of the roadblocks that you’ve so recently removed from your path to success! Good luck to you, from Homes.com!