10 Amazing ways to hold on to your workout plan

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jul 08, 2014

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It’s as easy to abandon one’s workout plan as it is to start one. We find a lot of excuses to not stick to our exercising regime. Well, here are some ways to do exactly the opposite.
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    Exercise Intentions Overridden with Excuses

    What do you need to talk yourself out of your intentions to exercise after just two weeks of buying workout clothes and joining the most fun-sounding fitness program? Excuses! Excuses like “I’m too tired,” or "I have to work," or "It's too cold outside" can make the best of your exercising intentions to go BAM! Don’t worry, some habits or rather training tactics can help you to stick to your workout plan. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Embrace It

    Exercise because you love it and not because you have to. According to studies, if you are only working out to shed your belly fat or to fit into a dress, chances are, you won’t stick to this external motivation to exercise. Make your workout enjoyable so that it doesn’t seem like a chore. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Flux them Up

    Doing the same exercises daily can make your workout monotonous and boring. To keep things interesting, switch exercises; for instance, from the elliptical to the stair climber. You could also alternate between machines and free weights. Shift around a little but be cautious not to reinvent your entire routine every week. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Don’t Stop Trying

    The first day of starting the strength training regime cannot give the perfect form to anyone. Regular practice is needed for every workout. If you can run for only five minutes on the tread mill the first time, try to extent the time to seven minutes the next day; keep trying and gradually increase the time frame. You’ll get the hang of it. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Don’t Push Yourself too Hard

    Half the people who start a new exercise program ditch it within the first year because they set up boot camp pace for it and eventually bail out of it. To keep up to something, you need to learn your limits; they can be pushed up to a point but pushing too hard doesn’t help. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Buddy-up

    When your inner demons lure you to laze around on the couch, a friend waiting for you at the gym becomes an angel. You just can’t stand him up and if you’ll go by the studies, you will end up working out longer with a friend along. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Exercise whenever You Have Time

    You can’t dictate the “30 minute exercise daily” rule to your crazy schedule. But, don’t let this become an excuse for skipping the workout. If you work too late to get to a gym, keep a pair of weights at home. If you can't do all 30 minutes at once, break exercise sessions up into 10 or 15-minute bursts. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Make Exercise a Habit

    Just like you are habitual of brushing your teeth or eating food, you should be habitual of exercising in your daily life. When it becomes a part of your routine, you won’t even think about it or it wouldn’t bother you. It will come as naturally as other things. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Stop Lingering on Guilt

    So, you missed a week at the gym and gulped down an entire extra-cheese pizza over the weekend? It’s okay, move on. That was the past; take your chance now to make up for it by getting back into your workout plan. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Be Tech Savvy

    Download an app on your smartphone that keeps a track of how much you run, walk or lift and the calories you burn. This will not only show you the real picture of how your workout is going, it will also motivate you to do better. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Appreciate Yourself

    Celebrate even a pound of weight loss or muscle gain. Rewarding yourself for the hard work done makes sure you will go on like this and find more such reasons to celebrate. It at least makes sense to splurge on a pair of new jeans for your new waist size. Image Courtesy: Getty

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