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Creating an Action Plan for Your Fitness Routine

Helen Bush

We all know that we need to stay active to have the body of our dreams and stay healthy. It is easy for us to say we want to workout, but when it comes time to actually workout, many of us find it much harder to stick to our fitness routines. Why is this true? You would think the research behind having a consistent fitness routine would be enough to get us going. However, most of us can come up with a million reasons to quit our exercise routines, such as we do not have enough time, our routines are too hard, we get bored or do not see the results that we want. Well, it is time for us to put an end to all of our excuses and get active by sticking to our plan of action with these tips.


  1. You need to commit. Now is not the time for excuses. You need to find the willpower   within yourself to stick to your guns. You know you will be healthier and happier if you stick to a consistent fitness routine. You could join one of the many fitness challenges at your gym to help you stick to your fitness routine. Many gyms will have contests to see who works out the most in one week, who can do the most push ups during a period of time or many other different contests. You should check with your gym to see what they offer. You can also join a fitness challenge on the internet. They usually start out slowly     and keep building. Most of them will last about a month, which can  help you turn your fitness routine into a habit.

  2. You should come up with a detailed plan. Many people do not have much time to waste in their daily lives, so you want to make your trips to the gym effective and worthwhile. So, how can you make sure you are using your time wisely? You need to have a plan because you do not want to just wander aimlessly around the gym from     machine to machine unsure of what your are doing or what exercise is next. You will not get anything accomplished and will not see the results that you want. You want to have a detailed map of your fitness routine and have set and clear goals for what you want to achieve. By doing this, you will be able to prioritize your workout and achieve the goals you want.

  3. You should make a schedule and stick to it. Luckily, there is not a certain time you need to exercise. You have the option of selecting the time that works best for you. You can go in the morning, afternoon, evening or night. It is up to you. However, the best thing to do is set aside a certain time that you will always be free. If you go to the gym at the same time on certain days, you will be able to form a habit. Your body will get use to working out on lets say Monday evening, so you will automatically begin to go there without you even thinking about it, which can be a big help when you are trying to stick to your fitness routine. Consistency is a must for any fitness routine to be effective.

  4. You need to keep a record of your progress. You need to have a record of how you are progressing that you can     physically see. Also you need to remember to focus on everything in your journal and not just weight loss or how many dress sizes you dropped. You need to record the types of exercises you did, how many reps you did and how long it took to do them, how much weight you used and so forth. Every minute detail can show you how you have been successful, so it is best to include everything that you can. This type of record can also make it easier to see how you can improve your workout, such as is it time to go faster, add some more reps or add some more weight to ensure that you do not hit a plateau and keep progressing in your fitness routine.


    It can be hard to find the time to fit in a fitness routine, so you want to ensure that when you do workout that it is well worth your time and effort. You need to find a fitness routine that you enjoy that is effective and well-rounded. The more planned out and consistent you are, the easier it will be to stick to your fitness routine. Now is the time to live a healthier and happier life by putting an end to the many excuses we use to abandon our fitness routines.