The Problem - Lack of Consistency with Working Out
So you just began a new workout routine. At first you were going to the gym regularly but then you started missing sessions here and there. Now it feels like you're totally stuck in a rut. Lack of consistency is a huge killer of progress. You could workout consistently for weeks but if you start missing sessions and missing weeks at a time all your progress is for not. In order to make progress in training you need to incorporate it into your lifestyle, making the gym a regular part of your day. Don't fret, I have a few tips that will make sticking to a consistent workout routine a bit easier!
1. Plan Weekly Schedule Ahead of Time - We are all very busy, it's a fact. However it is not a valid excuse to skip workouts! If you schedule the days you're going to workout ahead of time then you will be less likely to skip. Going into the week knowing you will workout on monday, wednesday, and friday will prevent you from saying you'll just go when you feel like it, because we all know you'll likely never "feel like it". Go into the week with a solid plan of attack! Before you know it, it will just become habit
2. Workout Early - Get the workout done early if possible. The later in the day you wait the easier it will be to skip and say you'll do it tomorrow. As the day goes on you will likely become more tired and get distracted by opportunities to see friends or do other things instead. Besides being less likely to skip, working out early will kick start your day with energy. Training releases endorphins in the body which leave you feeling good. Mostly everyone that works out in the morning will tell you they feel a lot better throughout the day
3. Track Progress - This is a big one. If you don't see how working out is making you better than why would you be motivated to do it? You wouldn't! I know for sure I would want to quit. I always recommend people start a workout routine by taking before pictures of themselves. You see yourself literally everyday in the mirror at home, you will never notice your progress because it happens slowly over time. When you compare photos from months apart they can be very telling. It is also a great idea to keep a training journal with the weights you are using. You can look back and see how you've added more weight to your lifts. Every little way to track progress makes you feel great about what you're doing and will keep you wanting to come back for more
4. Workout with Friends - Don't go at it alone! It is much easier having friends around to push you. When you are alone it is sometimes hard to get motivated and excited to workout. If you don't have any friends around that could accompany you to the gym, perhaps consider joining a group training session. Group training is a big thing nowadays, your local gym is likely to offer some type of program where you are working out with others. This will allow you to surround yourself with like-minded individuals that will help push you and you'll have the opportunity to make new friends and gym buddies
5. Hire a Trainer/Coach - A majority of the time people start skipping the gym just because they aren't really sure what they are doing or how to workout properly. This can lead to burnout, injury, and/or lack of results. When you feel tired and don't see results I can't blame you if you wanted to quit. An experienced trainer or coach knows exactly what you need to do to get the results you want. It takes the guess work out of training, and as long as you follow the program you are guaranteed the results you requested. Make it easier on yourself. I offer online coaching and make sure my clients get the results they are looking for. If you'd like to request a free consultation contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!