Tips to maintain your exercise program.

Here are 8 tips to help you stick to your exercise program and make it become part of your healthy lifestyle.

  • Set short term and long term goals, such as aiming to race or just complete an event. Start by aiming to exercise for a certain amount of time and/or distance. Don’t ignore this tip as it can make a positive difference to your motivation on those hard-to-exercise days.
  • Get into a routine by setting aside certain times of the day that fit into your daily schedule. Don’t let outside factors like work, television or shopping to interfere, and make a plan if the weather is bad. Once you have made a commitment to change, don’t let poor excuses like the weather to stop you.
  • Ask your family or friends to exercise with you. Exercise is more enjoyable when you have one or two friends joining you. They will also act as subtle motivation, and can help make you exercise regularly.
  • Choose a variety of physical activities to help you meet your goals, prevent boredom, and keep your mind and body challenged.
  • Keep an exercise diary so you can see the progress you have made. Record your time, distance covered, list of exercises you have completed, and either your average heart rate or a score out of ten in regards to the intensity that you exercised at.
  • Get into the spirit and get the right gear. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate to the activity. It makes a good difference when you exercise in the proper footwear.
  • You don’t need to join a gym or buy expensive equipment if you can’t afford it. Many effective exercises can be done at home or without equipment.
  • Lastly and maybe most importantly, make it easy for you to exercise. If you are going to join a gym, make sure it’s close to home.

*These answers provide general information endorsed by our experts at time of publication. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice.

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