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How to Stick to your Exercise goals

Statistics show that close to 50% of people who start an exercise program are likely to drop out after six months. If you are looking for tips on how to stick to your fitness routine, read on!

Fun and Social Factors

A major factor in exercise adherence involves choosing an activity that you know you will enjoy. While this may sound like a no-brainer, you would be surprised at how many people embark on a particular fitness regimen because they have heard that “it’s the best.” However, the best exercise routine is the one that you will look forward to doing.

A number of factors can influence this. Your program can take place in a favorite part of your city or town. There may be other people at the fitness center whose company you enjoy. However, this is only a first step, since it involves extrinsic motivation as opposed to intrinsic.

Self Reliance

Psychological studies on exercise adherence have shown that people who believe that their success in a fitness program is dependent on the exercise instructor or other people in the class will be more likely to abandon the program if these factors are altered. As a result, sport psychologists recommend that people develop self-monitoring, goal setting and self reinforcement strategies.

Timing is Everything

The timing of your exercise program is also a crucial factor in adherence. Experts may argue about the “the best time to exercise,” but everyone’s bio-rhythms are different. The best time to exercise is when it is convenient, and when you have the most energy.

Financial Issues

While you may be tempted to join the swankiest gym in town, if its annual fees are well beyond your budget, you will not be able to maintain your membership. Choose a fitness facility whose rates are in accordance with your salary. Also, keep in mind that there are plenty of fitness activities, such as walking or running, that involve only a minimal investment.

Climate

The climate and weather conditions are a significant fact in exercise adherence. Therefore, if you have certain conditions such as allergies and high blood pressure, avoid activities where these factors may be an issue. For example, if you have severe hay fever, a year-round outdoor running program may not be the best option. Certain fitness facilities often keep the exercise rooms too hot, which can be a problem for anyone with high blood pressure.

Goal Setting

While most people start an exercise program for reasons of health and vanity, having additional goals can help you stick to your routine. Find a sport you enjoy, and plan a sport specific program. Then, judge your exercise progress by how well you perform at different sporting events.

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