Sticking To Your Workout

If found an article at yahoo with tips in why people ditch their workout. The reason is we are not working out for the right reasons.

Why is it so hard to stick to a workout routine? Because we're not working out for the right reasons, say researchers. Scientists at London Metropolitan University found that people stopped going to the gym after three to six months if they were doing it to lose weight or look better. Those who stuck with it: They had internal motivations, like less stress or liking the buzz they got from a cardio routine. Some other things to consider:

  • Find your favorites. Exercise is a lot less tedious if you actually like what you're doing. And you can further stack the deck in your favor by choosing a routine that enhances your overall sense of well-being. So figure out what makes you zen, and do that. People always ask, “What exercise is the best? I answer – THE ONE YOU DO.
  • Double date. Team up with another person for at least one workout per week, says Thomas Plante, chair of the psychology department at Santa Clara University. His study found that people who exercised with a partner were calmer and had more energy than those who went it alone.  Be careful not to follow in their footsteps.  If they decide to not go to the gym, you need to go without them.
  • Get a trainer (aka a cheerleader).  Not only will the encouragement from a pro help you feel more confident, people who workout with a trainer tent to try harder, persist longer, and stick to their program better, says Kathleen Martin Ginis, a professor of health and exercise at McMaster University in Ontario. If you can't afford a trainer, there are plent of communities online to offer support like the forums here, or sites like sparkpeople.com
  • Change your view. Anytime you start to feel bored, switch up your routine: go to a different gym location, try a new class, switch from one cardio machine to another (like from a bike to an elliptical trainer). It doesn't take much to spice things up.

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2 thoughts on “Sticking To Your Workout”

  1. I WHAT TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT CAUSE I DONOT FEEL RIGHT AND I WALK EVER DAY AND RIDE MY BIKE EVERDAY AND IS NOT HELPING ME……….. SO PLEASE HELP ME CAUSE I HAVE A BAD HEARTY.

  2. Well it sounds like the activity is up. You might try something like fatsecret.com, sparkpeople.com (free sites) that let you track your calories. Also keep in mind if you are just starting, some times when you start out you gain muscle (which weighs more than fat) and you can actually gain weight. Don’t give up. Keep moving, and remember if you’re not hungry, food is not the answer.

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