How To Create A Workout Routine That You Can Stick With

How To Create A Workout Routine That You Can Stick With

My interest in exercise and being fit started back in 2008 when I decided to get healthier. First I joined Weight Watchers and then eventually I came across Tae Bo DVDs at the store. I got a bit of ribbing for doing those workouts but I did not care. They had me burning calories and getting into pretty good shape. I had so much fun with them and it made me want to try other types of workouts. I ended up doing different DVDs(pilates, cardio, full body and yoga), going on machines at the gym(elliptical, stair stepper, treadmill and the rowing machine) and then eventually weight lifting. I tried a lot of things!

I have now found the types of workout routines that I can stick with consistently and be happy with. I usually keep the same routine for 2-3 months before changing something about it (ex. switching out walking lunges for reverse lunges). Here are some tips to help you figure out routines for yourself:

  1. Figure out your goal: Do you want to run long distances? Do you want to get shredded for a while (not sustainable in my opinion)? Do you want to build up a lot of strength? Do you want to just get fit in general? Do you want to get fit and increase your flexibility?
  2. Once you have a goal in mind, go and research the exercises/workouts that are going to help you reach it. There are so many resources on the internet these days. I got my first weight lifting routine off of http://www.about.com.
  3. Figure out how many times a week you want to/can workout.
  4. Start writing up your weekly/monthly workout routines. You could buy yourself a nice looking notebook to record everything in.
  5. Have a positive outlook! Do not get down if you miss a day of working out. Life happens and it is not the end of the world.

That is it! You have to make your workouts work for you in order to be consistent and reach your goals.