Tips to Help You Get Back on Track with Your Exercise Routines

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer, Qiwen Hu.

It’s almost been a month since Christmas, and many of those New Years’ resolutions to exercise more or live a healthier lifestyle have been broken. But that doesn’t mean you should wait till next year to try again!

Here are some tips to help you get back on track with your exercise routines:

  1. Set an alarm. It’s easy to lose track of time but just about all of us have iPods, cellphones, and what not these days so set an alarm to remind you to meet your quota.
  2. Don’t stop just because you miss a day. Don’t be discouraged if you slip up in your routine once or twice, the important thing is that you keep it up in the long run. Of course, don’t use this as an excuse to skip more frequently than you need to.
  3. Start simple. You don’t need to purchase fancy equipment or develop a complex exercise routine. I’m not discouraging it, but don’t think of it as a necessity. Many people are intimated by how complex exercising routines can be but they don’t have to be.
  4. This is a common one, set obtainable goals. I am one of those overly ambitious people who tend to set a far reaching goals and intimidating myself into not meeting those goals.
  5. Try to find an exercise that is enjoyable for you. It’s easier to keep the habit if it’s something you enjoy doing.
  6. Finally, mark off the days you exercise. This provides you with a clear idea just exactly how often you are exercising. Trying to get a calendar page full of X’s can also be a good source of motivation. It works like game achievements, completely useless, but people will work hours to try and obtain them.

Good Luck!