4 Ways to Be Sure You Stick With an Exercise Program

When you are first starting an exercise routine, you want to be sure to stick with it long enough to establish it as a habit.  For most of us, that can be tough!

Here’s 4 things you can do to help you stick with it:

Start Out Slow — It’s really easy to blow off a workout if your muscles are sore.  Start slow and easy to minimize the soreness.  And don’t worry — it’ll go away.

Have a Partner — Find a friend or relative, either in real time or on-line, to help push you when you’re tempted to take a day off.

Schedule It — If it’s on the calendar, it’s easier to become a way of life.

Do It First Thing — When you work out in the morning, you’ll find fewer obstacles  competing for your time.  There’s a lot less reasons to reschedule a workout in the morning.  Plus, it’ll help you feel great all day long.

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6 Responses to “4 Ways to Be Sure You Stick With an Exercise Program”

  1. Two Witches Says:

    I’m not sure anything will get me stick with exercise other then gluing my feet to the stationary bike pedals — but these are good tips. I’m just not a fan of exercise — I do it, but not happily. Been doing it 30 minutes, five days a week now for over two months now. Lady Rose, (more then 60 lbs lost, less then 90 to go!), founder of The Diet Pulpit and co-author Incredible Shrinking Ladies blog

  2. nat Says:

    a little article, but how very true! i learned all four of these things the hard way. i can’t stress the first one enough. i just wanted to add (it’s an obvious one) that you should keep a bottle of water near at hand, and sip it throughout your session, even if you don’t feel thirsty. it’s helped me a lot.

    thanks for sharing!

  3. Deb Says:

    This is great advice! This is how I started working out – very easy and slow. I just forced myself to do it (sort of like having to brush my teeth). I erroneously always thought I would eventually love working out but after 4 years of consistent exercise it is still something I have to make myself do (although I always feel better afterwards). I totally agree with working out first thing in the morning – it makes me feel better throughout the day and I know that it’s done and over with so I can go on with the rest of my day knowing that I have done something good for my body.

  4. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hey, Lady Rose, thanks for stopping by.

    I know you’ve mentioned Tai Chi before. I can’t help but wonder if maybe that would be a an exercise you could do happily?

    🙂

    Thanks for stopping by

  5. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hey, Nat, thanks for stopping by Lose Weight With Me! I appreciate the visit and the comment.

    Great reminder about the water. Sometimes the obvious things are the ones that we miss.

    Please stop back by again.

    Brian

  6. loseweightwithme Says:

    Deb — thanks for stopping by and offering your insight. Even though you may not love it, you still recognize the value so you stick with it. I respect that!

    Please visit again.

    Brian

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