8 Tips To Help You Stick To Your Exercise Plan

Now that we’ve welcomed 2019 with open arms and consumed too much food, danced too much and provided entertainment for the whole family and loved ones – our new year’s resolution lists are back to say a cheeky hello!

If you’re suffering from January blues, you’re running low on motivation, and you want to hide away during the dark months of January and February – we’re here to tell you that’s not the path you’re going down. And instead, we’re going to take you on our very own instead! Don’t worry, we’ll be gentle.

During January, gyms are usually full of people with the same resolution as you – to burn off pretty much everything you consumed during the holidays, and to keep fit and healthy throughout the year. So, here are our 8 top tips to help you stick to your exercise plan and get the body you’ve been dreaming about at Christmas, while you stuffed your face with pigs in blankets. (You can’t beat them, though).

Adapting To A New Exercise

Do you want to know how long it takes for the human body to adapt to a new exercise? Depending on the intensity, duration and frequency, you should notice positive signs within the first 3 – 6 weeks. At 6 – 8 weeks, you should be able to notice changes and if that isn’t enough motivation to continue getting shredded, we don’t know what is. The longer you keep at it, the more rewarding it will be for you.

Are you looking to build up your cardio? Or are you looking to improve your muscular strength with swimming? Check out our motivational tips below and feel free to share your own with us.

Tips To Help You Stick To Your Exercise Routine

1.Baby Steps
If a professional, personal trainer told you to run 10 miles in 2 hours, we’re guessing you wouldn’t cartwheel around a supermarket in excitement. Exercise, just like anything else, requires practice and personal development before you tackle something that is out of your league and comfort zone. So it’s a no to the running 10 miles in 2 hours and yes, however, to training weekly and building yourself up to reach 10 miles.

Although you’ve more than likely heard the saying a thousand times, practice does make perfect. And it’s important to take precautions and be safe when exercising so that you don’t suffer from injuries.

2.Meal Preparation
Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. It’s ideal and most beneficial to have a healthy balance of both. If you’re looking to work out 3 days a week, but then fill up on pizza, energy drinks, sweets and junk food for the whole week, your hard work will be for nothing. With meal prep, it helps you eat much healthier and before you know it, you won’t even think about having to force a carrot down your throat. (Please eat your carrots, they help you see in the dark). It also saves you time, which is a special bonus in the week!

We have a few nutrition tips if you’re in need of any!

nutrition tips

3.Be Diverse
If you’re hitting the gym, there’s no reason that you need to complete the same routine you’ve been doing all week. Where’s the fun in doing something repetitive? Switch your exercise routine up a bit. You can even plan in advance so you’re organised. Is it leg day Wednesday? Are we working on cardio and arms on Tuesday? You can even try new techniques and exercises to make it more fun – attend a yoga class, go for a swim or a boxing class!

4.Create Your Workout Playlist
Music is a great motivator. It helps many people focus and acts as a remedy for various things, including exercise and sleep. Listening to the same songs all day every day gets boring, and the radio isn’t much better. Spotify has some great playlists for workouts, so you can really take your pick depending on what kind of music genre you’re into. And better yet, you can even create your own playlist, especially for your exercise routine.

You might even want to create a playlist for each part of the body you work on to mix it up a little! We’ll leave it up to you.

workout playlist spotify

5.Set a Deadline
When you set yourself a goal, it’s wise to set a deadline too! Realistic deadlines are able to increase your motivation and determination. If you’re hoping to participate in a marathon of some sort by the end of the year, deadlines for training sessions and miles reached would be useful to determine progress.

6.Grab Yourself A Workout Friend
Working out alone can become repetitive, and although music can help you focus, bringing a friend along always helps the situation and makes the gym seem like less of a chore. Need a bit of fun while working out? Text your friend!

7.Progress Pictures
The power of progress pictures is magnificent. It’s actually known that if we were to see a complete clone of ourselves, we wouldn’t recognise them! And this somehow relates to what we’re about to discuss here. Without progress pictures, it can be more difficult for us to see any improvement within ourselves because we are used to seeing ourselves in a certain way.
Taking progress pictures and comparing them is an eye opener and showcases the transformation along your exercise journey. So, give it a go – you don’t have to be a professional photographer!

progress pictures for your workout

8.Share Your Journey Online
There are many social media enthusiasts and bloggers now that focus on health, fitness and nutrition. It has the ability to connect you with people who are also experiencing the same thing.
It’s a great way of documenting your progress and essentially inspiring and motivating others to do the same.

You can set yourself an Instagram account or twitter account, whichever your preference and it’s easy peasy! Get posting.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our top tips on how to stick to your new year exercise plan. If you have any motivational quotes or words of inspiration, feel free to share our article and tag us on social media! We have a wide range of active wear to meet all of your exercise needs, so don’t forget to take a peek before you leave!