Making An Exercise Plan & Sticking To It - A Helpful Guide
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Making An Exercise Plan & Sticking To It – A Helpful Guide

Making An Exercise Plan & Sticking To It – A Helpful Guide

We all know the feeling.

Christmas is just gone, you’re staring at that gym membership that you found as a present, and wondering if you’ll even use it.

For many people who are looking to get fit the hardest problem is not simply exercising, it is making an exercise plan and sticking to it.

To try and help you create an exercise plan that works for you, we’ve put together a few tips on how best to follow through with your good intentions.

Have a good plan

When you first set about exercising, it’s easy to begin madly rushing around and doing anything you can that qualifies as exercise.

However, it is important to understand and remember that exercise need not be a mad rush, but instead a series of carefully planned events with an end goal in mind.

Make sure you know exactly what you want when you sit down and plan your exercise; make sure you know where you want to be in six months time, how you want to accomplish your goals, and then build a plan that facilitates those goals.

By doing this, it’ll be much easier to stick to exercising if you’ve sat down and planned everything out properly.

Take things one step at a time

Let’s be realistic.

If you try and do a 5 mile run on the first day of a new exercise regime, you’re not going to do it.

All that is going to do is make you feel despondent and unenthusiastic about your exercise regimen.

Instead, it is advised that you take baby steps when planning your regime.

First start off with a 10-minute walk, for example, and then build up to a 10-minute run, then a 20-minute run, and so on and so forth.

By taking things one step at a time, you aren’t creating unrealistic expectations of yourself, which means the goals you do accomplish, and the milestones you do reach will see more worthwhile and more rewarding because you never thought you’d be a professional runner within the first week.

Bring a friend with you when you go exercising

Exercising does not necessarily need to be a solo event.

In fact, most people who go running on a regular basis find it more entertaining and more enjoyable to take a friend with them.

This can have many benefits, from simply having someone to socialise with, to having someone who picks up your morale for you and encourages you to keep going.

After all, would you feel better if it was a cold, wet morning and you didn’t want to go outside, but then you know your friend is going turn up and come running with you?

If nothing else there is at least two of you toughing it out in the rain together and that might make things slightly more bearable for you both.

These are just a few ideas for making sure that you stick to your exercise plan, although there will be others reasons of course.

But, the real question is what inspires you to keep your training program?

It’s usually down to you as a person.

Are you inspired to stay fit for another person, or are you encouraged to stay fit and healthy, and live long to see your grandchildren being born?

Once you know what inspires you to keep on your exercise program, you can use that to your advantage, and when you’re feeling low you have a reason to keep going.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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