How to stick to your work outs, by a Premier Fitness personal trainer
1. Find your motivation and focus on it.
“An important part of my role as a personal trainer is to help you find the motivation that is really yours, the goal that will truly propel you. Why do you want to get fit? Greater confidence, feeling better, having less pain, having more energy to do fun things, and improving your blood sugar or cholesterol numbers are all great reasons to stay motivated. Find the one that gets you going, and keep that in mind.
“And to keep it in mind, keep it in front of you. Write it out and post it on the bathroom mirror, on your computer screen, and on your dashboard. Or come up with your own visual reminder, like these ‘pounds to lose’ jars!”
– Chad Lee, certified personal trainer, owner of Premier Fitness
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2. Get a workout buddy.
“The biggest thing that helps to keep me consistent is workout buddies! Especially for morning workouts/runs, knowing I have someone waiting for me is what gets me out of bed. I don’t want to disappoint them! It also turns the workout into a fun social outing. I’m a big fan of multitasking by combining catching up with friends and exercise.”
Chad adds: “We offer team training, too!”
3. Don’t give in to thinking, “I’m too old to start.”
“Don’t give up on yourself. It’s never too late to be that healthy person you might have been.”
Meet some Premier Fitness clients who decided it wasn’t too late to get healthy:
Jerry and Pat, age 64
Betsy, age 68
Dennis, age 70
4. Get a personal trainer.
“The thing that made the difference for me between quitting and not: getting a personal trainer.
“I know that 98% of success is showing up — but that was just my problem! When I was trying to do it on my own, it was just too easy to back out for any number of reasons. Having a regular appointment with a personal trainer is what it took for me to finally stick with exercise — and finally get results!”
– Jana Snyder, Premier Fitness client
Read Jana’s success story
5. Make it an appointment.
“Women need to get selfish about their exercise time. Women are very unselfish by nature—if somebody needs us, it’s very hard for us to say no. But look at it this way: If you get a focused hour of working out, you’re going to be better able to help everybody else.
“Also, it’s so funny to me how people won’t miss a nail appointment, but they don’t work out regularly. Exercise can be just as fun as a manicure once you get good at it!”
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6. Record it.
“Lots of studies show that tracking your workouts – whether on actual pen and paper or online or on an app – helps people to stay on track. For years, I’ve been recording my workouts in a journal. It’s fun to look back and see how far I’ve come, and it motivates me to keep going!”
7. Think about the payoff for sticking with it — AND the consequence of quitting.
“You can excuse yourself out of anything if you keep listening to yourself long enough. But I’ve come to a personal conclusion, a motto of sorts:
“I will do what I need to do, in order to do what I want to do.
“I’ve got a long list of reasons why…. I like the way exercise and eating well make me feel. I want to be around to spend a long, healthy lifetime with my wife. I want to wrestle with my kids and laugh and play and see them grow up and maybe even give me grandkids and great-grandkids one day! … I will do what I need to do (exercise and eat right) in order to do what I want to do (live a full life).
“I’ll tell you something I don’t want though…. I don’t want to stare at the ceiling in a hospital room one day thinking, ‘I wish I would have taken better care of myself….’”