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8 Simple Ways to Stay Committed to Your Fitness Routine

September 16, 2013

Sticking with a fitness routine is not always easy. We can be our own worst enemies. After all, we are toughest on ourselves. The truth is, missing a workout or sneaking a bite of cake becomes a way bigger deal in our own minds than it is in reality. Sometimes the only thing you need to keep you from sabotaging the rest of your day is empowerment. Here are some simple tips, from the editors at, for keeping things in perspective and motivating you to stick with your routine.

Prep Work: Getting fit doesn't mean sacrificing taste! If you put a little work into finding recipes and blogs that inspire you to eat well you properly equip yourself to maintain a healthy lifestyle, by eating deliciously without any guilt.

Try Something New: Accomplishment = empowerment. Conquering a new class gives you the ability to resist unnecessary temptation and inspires you to take on new challenges. Not sure where to start? BurnThis has reviews of the best boutique fitness studios in your area!

Make It Social: Get your friends involved! Try skipping your Thursday evening cocktail hour for a boot camp, this is a great way to bond and accomplish your goals.

Dress Up: Dressing the part doesn't just give you a more effective workout it also encourages you! Having a great gym wardrobe can get your excited about hitting a new class and confident to push yourself to the limits while getting your sweat on.

Mark Your Calendar: Scheduling your workouts is not only a great way to keep you organized, but dedicated. If you cheat at dinner and you've already booked an 8 a.m. class for the following morning you will be less likely to continue your downward spiral and won't feel so guilty. Not sure where to start? Turn to technology! There are a plethora of amazing fitness apps on the market that motivate you and help you stay organized.

Words of Wisdom: While we can be quick to tear ourselves down, we often forget to boost ourselves up. Relish the feeling of being in control by writing down words of encouragement for your weaker moments.

Something Is More Than Nothing: Somewhere along the way fitness became an all or nothing kind of thing, when in reality, anything you do on any given day is more than the alternative. Try sneaking in a few moments of getting your heart rate up, even when you weren't planning on doing anything. You'd be surprised how simple it is to sneak a workout into your day without hitting the gym.

Stay Goal Oriented: Challenge yourself. Along with your workout schedule, mark your calendar with days to reach certain fitness goals. Working towards something is a great way to stay on track and will get you motivated to accomplish your fitness routine. Need an extra push? Try following top influencers to see how others are achieving their fitness goals.

What helps you stay motivated?