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October 06, 2016

 

People love to talk about how to get going with a fitness program, and I can't blame them. Starting is tough - the more tips, the better. That's only one part of the equation, though. Starting doesn't mean anything if you quit a month later. Fitness is all about the long game.

 

If you understand that, then good. You're already ahead of the crowd. If you don't...well, you will in time. Either way, we have three quick tips that you can follow to help you stick to your fitness program.

 

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It's really easy to get lost in the craziness that is fitness. There's kettlebell training, mobility work, undulating periodization, and all sorts of exciting things to learn and implement into your program. Most of them are great in their own ways, but they have the potential to drag a total beginner down.

Be careful about how much you take on, especially in the beginning. Don't jump into five new types of training at the same time. Choose one, get comfortable with it, then go from there.

 

Do what you like

I promise you that you're eventually going to do an exercise that you hate. There's just no way around it - no one loves everything. And honestly, that's totally fine, but you have to be aware of how it affects your mood and motivation.

If your lower body workout calls for one exercise that ruins your entire day (or at least that's how it feels to you), don't do it. Instead, replace it with something that you actually like. At the same time, make sure you're realistic - don't cut out every exercise in your workout!

 

Find support

I'm gonna go out on a limb here, but I bet you're way more likely to show up to a workout if one of your friends is at the gym waiting for you. Most of us are, at least. That friend becomes a powerful source of accountability.

It may not seem like much, but it always helps to have some kind of support system in place. Recruiting a workout partner is an easy way to start building this system, but far from the only one. You can hire a trainer, join a class, or even ask your mom to call you every week to check on your progress.

 


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