It is easy to start out the new year with great intentions. These intentions often include new workout clothes and a new gym membership or new workout equipment. But as the year goes on these things often start collecting dust. Making a resolution for a regular exercise routine is a great start but there are some things that can help get you get into a regular routine that will last throughout the year, and likely well into the future.
Find A Workout Buddy
If you have a workout buddy you will be more motivated to maintain a regular exercise routine. If you have someone you meet and workout with on a regular basis it is harder to skip the workout and you can help keep each other motivated.
Another option is to join an exercise class where you will be with a group of people with similar goals and motivating instructors. The social interaction helps you share the experience with others and it may be a good way to make a new friend who has healthy goals and who would be a good influence long-term.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life
Any workout or activity can become less interesting if you do it over and over again so it can help to mix up your workouts occasionally. Every so often, depending on your personality, try different activities including things you have never done before. Trying new exercises also helps you workout different muscle groups, which can provide an overall better workout routine.
If you like your overall routine simply try mixing a few new stretches or resistance exercises. You can also simply change the music you listen to while exercising.
Finding An Activity You Love
As you are trying new sports or activities you may just find something that you love. If so try to work that into your regular routine. If you love being outdoors choose an activity you can do outside like jogging, walking or riding a bike. If you already walk everyday try taking a new route. Ideally your regular exercise should help to stimulate your mind, body and spirit.
The best way to stick to an exercise routine is to find something you enjoy and something that you can work into your regular schedule. If you love doing the same thing, stick to that; if you get bored doing the same thing mix it up. Just make sure you choose something realistic that will do regularly.