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Fitness Plan – 10 Tips For Sticking To It

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Fitness Plan

Fitness Plan or Goal: “I will get in shape for 2017”. You made a New Years Resolution for 2017 and you’re now 5 months into it. Have you fallen off and has that gym membership been collecting dust? Have you made every excuse to not workout? Life got too busy and your health has taken a back seat?

How to stick to a fitness plan

Here are 10 tips to help you get your fitness plan back on track:

  1. Remind yourself why you set this goal. This will motivate you to get back on track.
  2. Ensure your goal is specific. Review your goal and make sure it is clear and precise.
  3. Book the time into your schedule. Put a reminder on your phone or calendar so that it’s scheduled into your day. Also, make sure to include rest days.
  4. Do things you enjoy. Try to include activities that you enjoy. If it’s cardio, maybe go out for a hike instead of running on the treadmill.
  5. Have a partner or friend join you. Having someone with similar goals, will help keep you accountable. Plus it’s more enjoyable to workout with someone.
  6. Break your goal down. Setting smaller goals in order to reach your end goal.
  7. Set times to review your progress. Keeping a log of your progress will help keep you on track and motivated.
  8. Celebrate! Reward yourself once you’ve reached a small goal.
  9. Review and reflect. Go over your end goal and look at where you’re at currently. Ensure that the end goal is still attainable. Make changes if necessary.
  10. Stay positive! Having the right mindset is key.
My Experience

We all go through ups and downs with our fitness plan. I’ve gone through it for years and years; I’ll be active for several months and all of sudden stop and fall off. However, after each workout, I felt great and this was the feel good endorphins kicking in. When tomorrow came, the feel good endorphins weren’t there and I again procrastinated and had every excuse in the book not to go.

I’ve come to realize that the reason I couldn’t stick to a fitness plan was because I didn’t totally enjoy what I was doing. It was like a ‘chore’ for me to run on the treadmill, use the bowflex, lift some dumbbells, etc. Also, I didn’t have a clear goal with target dates. I thought of working out as something that I needed to do to be healthy, but it wasn’t something that I really wanted for myself.

The Outcome

It was not until about 7 months ago, that I got into powerlifting and it was something that I had researched and watched videos of other powerlifters prior to starting. That’s how I developed a passion for it and now going to the gym is no longer a chore and it’s actually fun!

Put a little more thought into your fitness plan and don’t only think of it as something that you need to do for better health. There are many activities or sports that you may enjoy, a fitness plan does not necessary mean hitting the gym.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Pilar

    Such great advice!! I’m going on vacations to Cacncun in a month and this is definitely helpful and inspiring! 😀
    xoxo, Pilar
    http://thelifestylehunter.com

    June 1, 2017 at 10:44 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      I’m happy to hear that and have a great trip!

      June 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Pilar

    Great advice! I’m going on vacations to Cancun in a month and this is definitely helpful and inspiring!
    xoxo, Pilar
    http://thelifestylehunter.com

    June 1, 2017 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Taiwo

    I definitely need to read this right now.. especially since it’s the first of the month!!! Motivation to go to the gym for sure!

    Taiwo | http://www.madeinnigeria89.com

    June 1, 2017 at 10:57 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Yes! Hope it helps. 🙂

      June 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Chelf

    I work better alone I believe a friend would distruct me but apart from that I must agree with all your points! having a very specific goal will give you a much needed focal point and motivation! Thanks for the inspo, time to hit the gym!

    June 1, 2017 at 3:56 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

      June 1, 2017 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Deepa

    Great tips and I agree we need to enjoy what we do or do what we enjoy.. otherwise it becomes a chore which we do not stick to.

    June 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    I feel like this was written for me lol. I just came back from an almost 3 week vacation and I definitely need to get back on track. Thank you!

    June 1, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Haha…nice! Glad it will help! And can’t wait to read about your vacay in your upcoming posts. 😉

      June 1, 2017 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Saidah Washington

    I love the results of exercise and lifting. Making it a priority is the only way to get the results.

    June 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Absolutely! Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

      June 1, 2017 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Ola

    I agree that setting small goals along your fitness journey is important. It’s less overwhelming that way.

    June 1, 2017 at 7:59 pm
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