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10 Tips for Staying Consistent With the Gym

Updated on November 8, 2019
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Tiffany enjoys going to the gym and learning about health and wellness.

10 Tips For Staying Consistent At The Gym

Most of us all know about the numerous benefits of regular exercise; lower blood pressure, reduced risk of obesity, a longer lifespan and better overall health. Although you're probably unlikely to notice much difference with just one or two visits, going to the gym on a regular basis over a long period of time can provide noticeable benefits that impact nearly every area of your life. Here are some easy tips you can use to maintain consistency.


10 Ways To Maintain Consistency At The Gym

1. Make it as convenient as possible.

One of the biggest obstacles to going to the gym regularly is often the convenience aspect. You are less likely to continue going to the gym over the long - term if you find to difficult to get there and find it hard to fit into your schedule.

Some factors, such as the distance from your home or the hours the gym keeps, may be beyond your control. Don't worry; there are still many things you can do to make it easier on yourself.

One way to make it more convenient is to find a time that works for you. Many people choose to go right before or after work. For example, if you work evenings you could go in the afternoon or at night. During time off or when not working, choosing a time that works for you can still help you stay consistent.

If possible, wearing your workout clothing and tennis shoes to the gym can help make your gym experience easier, as it saves the time and effort it takes to change in the facility. Bringing your own lock can also help you feel more comfortable because you know your items are secure.

2. Be realistic.

It is easy to get excited about the gym and start going for hours at a time six days a week, using the cardio machines vigorously and hitting the weights hard. Following that plan consistently is nearly impossible. In many ways, going too hard and for too long can be viewed as setting yourself up for failure.

The best remedy is to be realistic and start slowly. You likely won't be super fit when you start going to the gym. You will most likely be unable to workout everyday because of other responsibilities and life events. Give yourself some leeway and understanding while you strive to improve your fitness.

3. Don't expect everyday to be your best.

Imagine that you walk into the gym everyday expecting to significantly improve your fitness. You expect to be much stronger than you were yesterday, and have superhuman endurance.

That might sound nice, but it's not realistic. Everyone has days where they do better than they thought they would and days where they are disappointed with their performance.

As time progresses, you will notice that some days will be easier than others. Fitness is a marathon, not a sprint. You will likely expect plenty of mediocre days over the long haul.

4. Focus on consistency instead of time spent at the gym.

It can be easy to make excuses to not go to the gym because you're short on time, have better things to do, or are just plain tired. Although allowing yourself to take days off should be an important part of your fitness plan, worrying about the time you can dedicate to exercise rather than consistency can quickly derail you.

There will be plenty of moments where you won't have a lot of time or motivation to continue going to the gym, and this is especially true in the beginning. That's why it's essential to try your best to maintain consistency, even if that means only going a few times a week or only for twenty minutes at a time.

Over time, exercise will become a habit and a part of your lifestyle. You will gradually become healthier and notice fitness gains. For many long - term gym goers, working out became something they slowly integrated into their life, and found that they enjoyed the exercise and benefits from it.

Remember, no one was born a runner or a cyclist. Consistency is key!


5. Avoid sticking to a strict workout routine.

Many fitness enthusiasts will create a specific fitness plan and stick to that. For example, you might decide to walk on the treadmill at the speed of 3.00 for thirty minutes per day. Although following a workout routine may be helpful to some, others will find that going to the gym is more enjoyable when it allows for a little spontaneity.

What if you don't feel like using the treadmill today? What if you want to try a new machine, or mix it up with more weight training?

Following a overly strict and basic workout routine can be a drag and essentially suck the excitement out of a workout. After all, you are much less likely to go to the gym if you don't want to follow that day's planned routine.

6. View your gym time as a form of play.

It may seem wacky at first, but the way you view exercise and time at the gym has a huge impact on whether you'll stay consistent. Viewing your gym time with a sense of playfulness and spontaneity can make it more enjoyable and make it less likely you'll dread going.

For example, if you want to get off the elliptical and try out the rowing machine, why not go for it? If you're treadmill workout is getting boring or feels too difficult, why not increase or decrease the levels and speed until you're at a happy medium?

Making every day at the gym a little different and spontaneous keeps things interesting, and may also keep you coming back.

You are less likely too continue going to the gym over the long - term if you find it difficult to get there and find it hard to fit into your schedule

7. Read about the benefits of exercise.

If you feel like you're losing motivation to go to the gym on a regular basis. Sometimes you need to look no further than the latest medical literature to regain your enthusiasm for exercise.

Fitting regular exercise into your lifestyle has numerous well - documented health benefits that range from reducing the risk of obesity to lowering blood pressure and helping prevent diseases such as diabetes.

Taking the time to read about all the benefits involved may be enough to boost your motivation. After all, the gym is in some ways a form of ensuring your own health!

8. Take rest days when you need them.

Many fitness enthusiasts plan to go to the gym for a certain number of days per week, especially when they are new to the gym. Although not making excuses for not going to the gym is extremely important, you will likely find that there may be some days where you simply can't get to the gym.

Most of us aren't likely to consistently go to the gym seven days a week over a long - term basis, which is why knowing when to take days off is so important. A good day to take a break from the gym would be when you've been feeling sick, if you have an unusually busy day planned or when you just really need a day off to fully relax your body and mind.


9. Set mini goals for yourself.

One way to give your motivation a quick boost is to create a challenge for yourself. Creating a goal doesn't have to be complicated, and it's a fun way to test your fitness.

For example, you could challenge yourself to run a mile in fourteen minutes. In a few weeks, you could try for thirteen minutes.

You don't have to tell anyone about your fitness challenges, and you can even make them up on the spot to help improve your speed on the different machines.

10. Don't expect exercise to be a miracle weight loss pill.

Although it's true that exercise can boost your weight loss, believing that exercise alone will work like a miracle weight loss pill is setting yourself up for disappointment and failure. There are a variety of factors at play when it comes to losing weight, such as quantity of food eaten, how healthy you eat, how much you exercise, and how much muscle you have.

The best benefits you gain from regular, consistent exercise will likely be a combination of different things. You will probably feel better, stronger and healthier after a while. Your mood might get a boost. You will likely lower your chance of diseases, and, yes, you might get that extra help you need to shed pounds.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Tiffany Rosenbower


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