Committing to an exercise program is difficult. It takes a long time to become an exercise addict. But if you keep at it, you will eventually get there. Some tips to help you become addicted:
- Write it down – be specific in your goals and track your progress
When I was trying to diet, I never made it very far. Once I started keeping a food journal, and could see every single bite that passed my lips, it became much easier to stick to it. The same applies to exercise. Write down your goals, and track your progress. It is very helpful to see your progression. It helps to work towards a specific goal, whatever that may be for you.
- Don’t focus on the negative, always keep a positive attitude
Everyone hits a plateau. Whether it is dieting or exercise, you reach a certain point and seem to be stuck there. This is the most important time to not give up! Always stay positive – look where you started and how far you’ve come. Don’t be discouraged by a plateau. It is a temporary state and should give you incentive to keep moving. Your mind is powerful – if you think positive you will see your life change for the better.
3. Switch it up
If you keep doing the same thing every day, your body will eventually become accustomed to it and you will not see progress. You need to switch it up. Add some cardio, or add some strength training. Cross train your body. Add more weight or change exercises. You need to wake up your muscles and shock them out of their routine. Change is good and you will see progress.
4. Do some high intensity interval training. (HIIT)
This is my least favorite. I don’t like to do intervals, but if you want to see improvement, this is the proven way to do it. Do some basic exercise for a specific amount of time, and then push it for 30 seconds. Go back to basics for one minute, and then push for 30 seconds. It is hard, but it will result in quicker and better results for you.
5. Never give up! ‘Nuff said. If you want to be fit and active, you can’t do it part time. You can’t do it for a while and then quit. For beginner exercisers, it is a proven fact that if you quit doing cardio (aerobic) training, you will lose the benefit within 2-3 weeks. Strength training benefits last a bit longer, but are lost within 2-3 months. (The older you are, the faster you lose benefits). So keep it up. Take rest days when you need them, but commit to being a fitness freak for the rest of your life! It’s well worth the effort.