A fitness plan you’ll follow can set you up to achieve your fitness goals. It’s easy to say you’re going to work out. But it’s much more difficult to actually do. Missing workouts add up and eventually lead to you giving up. That New Year’s Resolution, despite your best intentions, is soon forgotten. Here’s how to develop a realistic fitness plan you will stick with.
Find workout routines or programs you would enjoy
One of the biggest reasons people don’t stick with their fitness plan is because they don’t enjoy it. They may actually go so far as to say they hate it. If it’s something you hate then you’re not going to do it.
That’s why it’s important to create a fitness plan you’ll follow. You shouldn’t have to torture yourself doing something you don’t like. There are many fun activities that are healthy too.
Some ideas are:
- Walking or Hiking
- Dance classes such as Zumba
- Martial arts classes such as Kickboxing
Make a list of the activities you enjoy or might enjoy. Look around your community for opportunities to explore or add these activities to your day. You can also find free workouts on YouTube to try before signing up for a class at the gym.
Find small amounts of time in your schedule to exercise
The best way to make fitness a habit is to approach it realistically. Trying to exercise for an hour each day when you’ve never exercised before may be too much.
Instead, try to exercise for ten or fifteen minutes a day. Here’s another post about a beginner 10-minute workout routine on YouTube. These workouts are quick and will make you sweat. You should have no problem finding time in your day to do them.
Or if you’ve signed up for a class, then fit that class into your schedule once or twice a week. The other days, exercise for ten or fifteen minutes. Again it’s all about creating a fitness plan you’ll follow. Making exercise a daily habit makes it much easier to become part of your routine.
Celebrate your success
Sometimes it’s easier to stick with a plan if you have something to celebrate. For example, after a week of successfully working out each day, you might reward yourself at the end of the week. Find a reward that’s motivating and still supports your overall fitness goals. You can reward yourself by getting a manicure at the end of the week. Or you might treat yourself to a new workout outfit.
Also, consider tracking your success. When you can see what you have accomplished it can be extremely motivating. You’ll also be able to see the progress you’ve made.
Track the workouts you have accomplished. Make sure to track the weight you’ve lost. Also, consider tracking your feelings about each workout too. For example, was it easy or hard? Were you exhausted after your workout? How did you feel the next day after the workout? Write your progress and accomplishments down in a journal. You can also make a habit tracker page in your bullet journal if you have one.
Create a Fitness Plan You’ll Follow to Reach your Goals
By creating a fitness plan you’ll follow you will be setting yourself up for success. Developing a realistic fitness plan is about knowing what you can accomplish. It’s about finding something you enjoy. Track and celebrate your success.
I have been trying to lose the same 20 pounds for a long time. I always look for the quickest way to achieve this goal but I’ve realized that it will take time. Having a plan and finding a workout I like will finally help me to achieve this goal. Realizing that every day may not be perfect or successful but know that over time you can accomplish your fitness goals!
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