For some of you, the hardest part of a healthy lifestyle is sticking to your routine and workout goals. Your plan may have looked great on paper. But a couple nights of working late, a piece of cake later, and you’re already off track. It is important to be kind to yourself, don’t let a tumble off the wagon stop you from climbing right back up. Here are some creative tips for sticking to your workout goals.
Get SMART (Setting SMART goals)
A vital step to achieving your workout goals is setting yourself up for success from the start. You are only human, it is important to understand your limits and listen to your body. If you’re a beginner and your fitness plan is on par with a varsity athlete, you may be setting the bar too high. Before you set your workout goals, take a moment and ask yourself if the goals you are setting are SMART.
For example instead of “I want to lose weight”, a SMART goal may look something like this: “I want to lose ten pounds in three months.”
Following this process of setting SMART goals will make tracking your progress a lot easier.
Social media is a great way to share your workout goals with your friends. Making your goals public can help keep you accountable to them. In response, you may even find a fitness buddy in your group of friends. At Boost, we encourage you to bring a friend! Try to surround yourself with people who share your goal-oriented mind frame to stay motivated.
Sleep On It
Is the snooze button getting in the way of your morning workout? Try going to bed in your workout clothes. If you decide to skip out on your workout the next day, having to change your outfit will serve as a reminder that you are actively deciding to back out. Here are some additional tips to help motivate you into a morning workout.
Get Into the Groove
Studies have found that working out to music can boost your athletic endurance by about 15%. (Source: Brunel University) The right fitness playlist not only motivates you, but also distracts you from fatigue. Be sure to pick out a few songs that you can’t help but tap your foot to. Creating a killer workout playlist is an art and we have the secret formula.
Dress for Success
Dressing the part can get you excited to hit the ground running! Research has found that treating yourself to trendy and comfortable workout clothes can improve both your mood and workout performance. Wearing something that makes you feel good about yourself will help you to crush your workout goals with confidence and style. Strapped for cash? Here are some great outfit suggestions that won’t break your budget.
See for Yourself
It can be hard to recognize your own progress on a day to day basis. If you are someone who needs to see the results to keep yourself going, we highly recommend keeping a video journal or taking photos each week. If you’re feeling down these visual reminders can help you to reflect on how far you’ve come.
Try a Group Class
Group fitness classes are perfect for establishing a new workout routine or mixing up your old one. At Boost, we offer several strength training and cardio classes to choose from. The group class atmosphere is so energetic and fun, that you won’t even realize that you are working out. Also, support and motivation from the regulars and fitness instructors will keep you coming back for more! Try one of our group fitness classes for free!