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Heidi Vin Cohen

How to Build a Lasting Long-Term Workout Routine You Love

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Heidi Vin Cohen
Heidi Vin Cohen
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Starting a fitness program and making it part of your daily routine is not a walk in the park.

Like many people, you make resolutions each year to commit to a workout routine, but you haven't.

It happens to a lot of us. But it doesn't mean that you can't come up with an exercising routine you enjoy.

We all know the importance of exercises, like improving your mood, sleep, energy, and health to reduce:

· Anxiety

· Stress

· Depression

You'd think knowing the importance of exercising would mean we would all be working out. Life may get in the way.

But as much as balancing your work schedule, family, illness, and other self-imposed obstacles may be demanding. It's important not to yield. After all, most of us have been there.

Be bold—Movitate yourself. Don't quit working out after a couple of sessions. Even if you aren't fit, you've never exercised in your life, or you're aged, you can still have an exercise program.

You can start a fitness program that is fun, easy to stick to and matches your goal.

So, whether you're having a hard time starting or sticking to a routine you love, there's a solution.

Below are some of the ways you can create a lasting exercise program that you will love.

Tips for building a lasting exercise program

There are several reasons why your fitness resolutions are failing. It's not that you cannot do it. Science will show you the right way to build habits. Use these tips to make working out one of them.

1.Choose a fun activity

Let's keep it real. It's hard to engage in an exercise that you hate for months. If you hate or find lifting weights irritating, then don't do it.

You should choose an activity that you love. You're likely to stick to fitness programs that you enjoy doing. Do not choose running because you feel that's what you're supposed to do.

Instead, opt for exercise that fits your abilities, taste, and lifestyle.
Playing Basket ballCourtesy of Logan Weaver

2. Make your exercise habitual with triggers

If you want to make your workout routine a habit, then use triggers.

Research indicates that most regular exercisers use them.

Set triggers to remind you of the day and time you exercise, prompting an automatic response.

Triggers automate your routine, giving you no time to decide or think about it.

When the alarm rings, you leave work and head straight to the gym. Or you put on your sneakers and head to the treadmill.

Exercising can be a piece of cake if you find a way to build them into your week.

3. Start slow and pick up the tempo.

Setting a workout target of 45 minutes a day four times a day sounds great if you see it through. Having desirous goals sets you to fail, which makes you feel bad and give up.

You're better off starting slow with easy fitness goals you are sure of achieving.

You will build more momentum and self-confidence meeting the goals set.

Then you can think of setting more demanding goals.

4. Treat yourself

Folks who work out daily know the fruits of exercising—for example, better sleep, good health, and being energetic.

But these are not short-term rewards. So, if you're starting a fitness program, reward yourself after attaining your fitness goal.

Suppose you're looking to buy tickets to a new blockbuster movie. Set that as your fitness goal. After you reach your destination, buy that ticket.

Ways to make your exercise more fun

As illustrated above, we know sticking with a workout routine is about having rewards and fun. It's doesn't matter how strong your mind is. It's impossible to stick to an exercise program for long if you hate it.

1. Making it social

Working out is more fun when you exercise with your family and friends because they motivate you.

You can compete with them to make exercising exciting and fun. You can join a basketball or a soccer adult league or even find a regular partner to play tennis. But if you dislike competing, you can enjoy being around familiar faces.
Group JogPhoto by Gabin Vallet

2. Try a thoughtful method

Pay attention to your body instead of distracting yourself during exercise. Exercise improves your physical condition and gets rid of negative thoughts in your head. And you will be able to ease Anxiety and Stress.

Working out in this manner helps you to "free" your nervous system and start to move out of the immobilization stress response that defines trauma and PTSD.

Tasks engaging your limbs are good choices for practising mindfulness. Such activities include:

· Walking

· Skiing

· Swimming

· Dancing

· Rock climbing

· Weight training

· Running
HikingImage by Tartes Toomas

3. it is not about the gym

Do you prefer avoiding the gym? Then, that is okay. If you find fitness centres to be costly, tedious, and inconvenient, it's okay.

There are other workout preferences for cardio equipment and weight rooms.

For many of us, getting outside is enough. You can run out if you hate treadmills.

So you have to one physical activity you love. It's not only running, biking, and swimming. There are more activities which are fun like;

· Hiking

· Paddleboarding

· Kayaking

· Martial arts

· Gymnastics

· Zumba

· Ultimate Frisbee

· Horseback riding

· Ballroom dancing

· Rollerblading
Weight LiftingCourtesy of Logan Weaver

The bottom line

As discussed above, exercising needs determination and a strong mind. But building and sticking to a workout routine is about engaging in activities that you love.

Find the activities you love and make a lasting exercising routine out of them. Remember exercising is very important. But don't forget to consult an expert before deciding on your workout routine.