Stick with It! Did you know that studies show that 50% of people who begin an exercise program will drop out within the first six weeks? That’s a lot of good intentions just left at the side of the road. And yet, it shows that it is hard for many people to stick to a workout routine, because life is busy, interruptions are constant, we get tired or the kids get sick, the car breaks down, the weather doesn’t cooperate and much more.
Here are a few how to stick with a workout plan ideas:
1. Schedule in exercise like an appointment. Put it on your calendar and try not to let anything in that time.
2. Consider working out first thing in the morning. Yes, it can be difficult to get out of bed early, but studies show that people who exercise in the early a.m. are more consistent and adherent over time – probably because there are less interruptions and distractions at the first part of the day.
3. Slow and steady wins the race. Pace yourself and don’t go overboard and risk injury or burnout in your first two weeks. Challenge yourself but know that exercise doesn’t have to be a sprint all the time. If you miss a day or two, don’t quit; but honor your next workout session.
4. Results take time. Generally, it takes at least about four to six weeks of consistent exercise to start seeing physical results in the body. While you may feel energized or are sleeping better sooner, which is great, be patient and keep plugging away to experience many of the other benefits of workouts, such as weight loss or a greater muscle tone.
5. Anything is better than nothing and it’s never too late. Don’t forgo exercise altogether because you feel like you can’t commit to an hour workout 3X per week. Do as much as you can, which definitely beats sitting on the couch eating chips. And know that you’re never too old to start exercising – research has shown that people in their 90s experience measurable results when they commit to working out!