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Make it Stick

Six tips to help you stick to your exercise routine

We all start a new workout regimen with great intentions. Then sometimes your schedule gets in the way. Other times, it’s simply a lack of motivation. Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any exercise routine. Once you get the go-ahead, here are six tips to help you stick to your plan.

  • Make an appointment with yourself.

    Consider your workout a commitment, just like work or school. Put it on your calendar. Stick to your exercise “appointment” like any other obligation.

  • Be accountable to others.

    It’s harder to stay on the couch when someone is waiting for you—whether it’s your walking buddy or a trainer at the gym. Double bonus: studies show you’ll also work out longer when you have a friend along. Online communities like Fitocracy can also be a great motivator.

  • Make it fun.

    Join a softball league. Take a ballroom dancing class. Go bowling. Exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore. If you’re having fun, you’re more likely to stick with your fitness program.

  • Mix it up.

    If you keep doing the exact same workout routine each day, you’re more likely to get bored and give up. To prevent this from happening, mix up your activities so things don't become repetitive and boring. Check out the Nike Training Club for an excellent source of new ideas.

  • Get techy.

    From wearable devices to apps, it’s easier than ever to track your progress, see results and set goals. And if a little healthy competition motivates you, join an online community and participate in challenges.

  • Reward yourself.

    Set a goal, such as staying on track with your routine for a full week or month. If you succeed, give yourself a little treat like a movie, massage, or pedicure.

Remember, everyone slips up now and again. Missing a workout or two won’t cancel out six months of dedication. The key is to jump right back in and recommit to your routine—and your health.

"I took an aspirin, just in case, while waiting for the ambulance."
Dana G., I am ProHeart Community Member