Question: "How can I stick with exercise for good?"
Christian Agudelo, ACSM - CPT
The best way to stick to exercising for good is to find something that you enjoy doing all the time. Many people do not like to exercise. Once they start on an exercise program they usually end up either quitting or stopping for a long period of time because they don’t see the value or because it was forced on them in the beginning. In order to really stick to exercising for good you have to find what best suits you and your needs. Some people love to train in groups because it keeps them motivated and coming to every session is fun and social. Others enjoy the one on one setting and will hire a personal trainer to teach them and with the constant guidance of a trainer they will stick to their program for a long period of time. Many individuals join a sport; the idea of playing together with others in a team setting really drives that person to continue for as long as they can. Outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and golf, swimming or biking are very popular as well. The point is no matter what activity you choose as long as you are having fun and enjoy doing it, the chances are high that you will stick to it for a very long time or even for the rest of your life. From an aesthetics point of view you will begin to see your body changing and becoming healthier. These types of positive changes will drive people to never stop exercising because they see the value and who doesn’t want to look good as well. So get out there and find something that you really enjoy doing that is also active and healthy and you will notice that you will never get bored or feel like exercising is too much of a chore or hassle.
Earvin Bahena, NSCA - CSCS
Exercising can become boring and tiresome after a while, so what can you do to make sure you are sticking with your exercise plan? Consistency is key when it comes to sticking with exercise. When you have a set day and time it makes working out part of your daily routine and easier to accomplish. It will be much easier to do if you are exercising in a fun environment, which is different for everyone. Whether you are looking for private 1 on 1 personal training or like the idea of working out in a group, it will be much easier to exercise if you like your surroundings. Switching up how and where you do your cardio can help as well, like running outside or taking a hike or even riding bikes can make it easier and worth your while. The most important way is knowing and seeing the positive differences exercise makes. Everyone knows the benefits of exercising, so why not stick to it.