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Exercise Plan: How To Stick With Your Workout Routine

Updated on October 31, 2012

Quitting

Sticking with a workout routine is hard. If you plan on sticking with the same routine for a long time you are being unrealistic. It is going to become boring and you are going to stop making progress. After a few weeks or a few months you are going to quit. I like to exercise but if I start a workout routine I know I am not going to be able to stick with it for a long time. It does not really matter what the routine is. The problem is that it is a routine.

People stop watching TV shows and stop playing video games because they lose interest. It is the same with most things. Quitting is inevitable but it is not always a bad thing.

Starting Over Again And Again

After doing a workout routine for a while I quit and start a new one. It makes the workouts more interesting and I can tell that my body is changing. I replace the routine with a new one when I no longer appear to be making progress or when I just don't want to do it anymore. There is no reason to force myself to do a workout when there are lots of other options. If you continue to do the same workout routine it is inevitable that you will get to a point where you don't want to do it anymore. That does not mean you should quit exercising. It means you should quit your current workout routine and start a new one.

Going through the motions is not enough. It requires your mind and your body. Start an exercise routine that makes you feel like you are accomplishing something. Stay focused and do your best then replace it with another routine. If you have been doing a workout routine for over a month then it is probably time to change it. You could change the workout routine every week.

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Working Towards A Goal

When exercising there are a lot of different exercises that work the same muscle. You could do a lot of totally different exercise that all work your abs. I could strengthen my abs by shadow boxing and running or by doing planks and push-ups. It is the same with your other muscles. For getting rid of fat you have even more options. You would just need to do something that uses a lot of energy. So when you quit your workout routine you can continue to work on the same goal.

Balance

It is important to maintain a balance. You should work on your whole body not just parts of it. So if your workout routine focuses on your upper body your next workout routine should include some lower body exercises. At least some of your workout routines should work your core muscles like your back and abs. I recommend cardio, strength training, balance and relaxation exercises.

Sticking To Your Workout Routine

The first thing you should do is to come up with a good workout routine. The exercises should be able to provide you with the results you want. You need to work the correct muscles. Another thing to consider is the amount of time it takes. The workout could last an hour or it could last 15 minutes. Workouts don't need to last a long time to be effective. It is also important that you want to do each of the exercises. If I try an exercise and I don't want to do it again I find an exercise I like. For example I don't like sit-ups so I don't do them. I have really hard abs from doing other exercises.

The second thing you should do is to change the routine. Start with small changes so the routine does not get easier. As you improve make the exercises more difficult so you continue to challenge yourself and don't become bored. Later replace all or some of the exercises with new ones to create a completely different routine. The key to sticking to your workout routine is to start with a routine you like and then change your routine when you feel like quitting.

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