FITNESS | My Top 5 Tips for Sticking to a Weekly Routine
I’m no fitness junkie, but I thought I’d share my tips on how I manage to stick to a weekly fitness routine..
I used to hate exercise. I did gymnastics for seven years five times a week and once I quit, I told myself I’d done enough exercise over those seven years to never exercise again (I did a little bit of dance, but quit that as well). So it took a while for me to tell myself that I needed to exercise and get myself back into a routine and stop sitting in a slump at home every night. Here’s a few tips I stick to in order to successfully workout every week;
- Do what you enjoy. I know this is a little obvious, but if you force yourself to go to the gym, when you hate the gym, or force yourself to join an exercise class that you also don’t enjoy, then it will be hard to stick to a solid routine. Trust me, I’ve been there before and have tried to force myself to do the classes that I think will be better for my fitness and I end up loathing going, and in turn stop going – so there’s no point continuing something you don’t enjoy, it will just make you miserable.
- Don’t be afraid to repeat the same class/exercise at the gym. I do the same Zumba class twice a week, on a Tuesday and a Wednesday – it’s the same routines with the same instructor and I love it. Also, if you go to the gym and have a set routine that you enjoy and works what you want to be worked, then stick with it. There’s no need to change things up if you don’t want to and feel comfortable doing what you’re doing already!
- Go with a friend. (Obviously you can also go alone if that’s what you prefer). I always find it so much easier to attend a class/the gym if I go with a friend because then I know that I can’t just pull out last minute and not go, as I’ll then be letting them down and that’s not fair. You also have someone to motivate you and vice versa, which is always helpful.
- Try and work out close to home. I find it so much easier to attend a class or go to a gym that’s pretty much on my doorstep. If I have to drive for more than 15 minutes, then it’s just not worth it for me and I’m more likely to bail and not go (and then sit at home and eat chocolate… #guilty).
- Sometimes you have to force yourself to exercise. Now, I hate feeling like I don’t want to go, but there’s a difference between not wanting to go and r e a l l y not wanting to go. So sometimes you need to give yourself a quick kick up the butt and motivate yourself, as you know you’ll only regret it if you don’t go and you normally end up feeling much better for going anyway. Even though I absolutely love Zumba, sometimes I think ‘eurgh, I’d really love to just curl up on the sofa and watch TV tonight’ but trust me when I say that this won’t help, but shifting your butt and going will!
I’m no exercise guru, but I like to think that I’m more of a realist when it comes to exercise, as most of us either don’t have the time/money/or want to go to the gym/an exercise class every night of the week. I think three maybe four times a week is good enough, I only go twice a week at the moment but I am there for two hours each night as I attend four classes per week. I also do a more body conditioning type of class – called Strong – once a week on a Saturday, and this routine works for me. Do whatever works for you and don’t feel bad for doing less or more!
So hopefully this post has helped some of you that are struggling to stick to a weekly routine and if it has then I’d love to know!