Thursday, March 3, 2011

"How do I stick to my workout plan??" 1st Edition

This post was inspired by a couple of readers asking for advice on how to stick to a workout plan. 
Keep those questions coming!!
 I WILL answer them! 
Go ahead and ask in comments or by email: 
krystlesstyle [at] gmail [dot] com


1. Set Goals! - set some goals for yourself. NOT JUST WEIGHT LOSS GOALS!! Even if you're working on losing weight, what are some goals that don't have to do with the scale?

  • start with a certain amount of minutes {or miles if running/biking/swimming} you will work out each day/week. move up from there if you would like
  • train for an event! is there a run in your area? It doesn't have to be a marathon or half-marathon. Most regions have 5k, 8k, 10k, etc. races you can run/walk/jog. Or try a triathlon. When you train for an event there is something tangible for you to be prepared for by a set date, which can keep you motivated. Running USA is a site where you can search for local events in your area.

2. Be Accountable!- this is very important to me in every aspect of life. But with nutrition and exercise this can be crucial!

  • Ask a friend to either join you and the both of you/group of you can stay report to each other on how you're doing with your workouts or fitness plan. Same for weight loss. 
  • Or, for something more organized, if you are trying to lose a substantial amount, join a Weight Watchers in your area. Also, for free you can check out the weight loss group that Collette from Statements In Fashion has recently started here called, Fab Fashion Bloggers Rockin' Weight Loss.

3. Be Realistic! This is really important. If you are someone who has never really worked out and you just turned 30, and want to turn over a new leaf, don't make your goal to train for and run a marathon in 6 weeks. Not likely.

  • It's ok to start small!! Don't be embarrassed if some of your goals seem "small." Everyone has to start somewhere! And it feels so good when you can reach a goal and set a higher one!
  • Being realistic is also important for your physical health. Challenge your body but don't be too hard on it. Setting realistic goals helps with injury prevention.

4. Just START! Often, the reason workout plans fail, is that you fall off the wagon. You take a rest day, then the next day you're busy, and it tapers off from there. If you don't feel like it or you're busy or tired, just make yourself start. I can honestly say that 9 times out of 10, when I don't feel like working out, and I just make myself and say I have to for just 10 minutes, that ends up being my warm-up and I end up doing my whole workout. In my opinion, usually just getting yourself started is the most difficult part. Or during a run I might get tired at mile 5, and when I know I can go further but I'm tired*, I tell myself "just one more mile" but by that mile I've already pushed through that tired point so I put in 3 more instead. Oh, and by the way... even if you do keep it at 10 minutes, that's great! It's better than nothing, right??

*know your body. if you are a beginner you need to get a feel for the difference between "tired" and when you're over doing it. this is important for injury prevention as well!

Since this post is pretty content heavy, and I still have more tips, I will break it into two or three posts. I hope you will come join me for the next couple rounds!!

Isn't this Be Fit | Live Well | Have Fun series FUN!??

So, which of the above is your favorite?


Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
~Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog



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10 comments:

  1. All your tips are spot on! i have been a Weight Watchers member going on 8 years now. I have been Lifetime for the last 5 years. Having a support group to cheer you on is so important and really helpful!

    I also like to do workout classes in groups. I get to meet new people and it encourages me keep coming when I see the same people there each time. Last year, I found a local instructor for Boot Camp Challenge to do the 6 weeks prior to my wedding and I've loved it so much I've continued it throughout the year!!

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  2. Good post.
    I stick to a workout plan and it's going on five years now. I want to look a certain way so it's a must for me. My husband and I also workout together twice during the week and if we don't get a chance to we do our own workout routines.
    I agree that a person has to set a goal to just do it even if it's ten minutes like you said.

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  3. Shoot me an email if you need some help!! Serious. I will be posting the next tomorrow or Monday.

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  4. YAY!!! The next in the series will be posted tomorrow or Monday... haven't decided. :)

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  5. I really like this post - I am SO struggling to stick to my work out plan. I think the problem is that I just don't have good enough goals. I am going to set them & hopefully this will help me focus a little bit more!

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  6. I really love this post. I'm subscribing to you!!!

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  7. yay, I can't wait to hear how it goes! :)

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  8. That would be so much fun!! I am glad you liked the post too! there are two more in this series!

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  9. Setting goals is definitely what works for me! I'm training for my first 5K at the end of April. Having that to look forward to is really motivating! :)

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  10. Girl you know you need to live close to me so you can be my workout buddy! LOL I try to work out to tone but then I get lazy, so these are some great tips to keep in mind and keep me motivated! :)

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