Even if you've got your exercise routine down, there still may be things you're overlooking. If you're trying to maintain an exercise routine with consistent results, make sure you aren't making these mistakes.
You don't try anything new: There's nothing worse than being bored with your routine; not only will you stop giving it your all, but doing a workout that's not fun can also make it hard to stick with healthy goals. Spend some time researching a new class or type of exercise and take advantage of studios' new-student specials, borrowing friends' workout DVDs, or trying out a buddy's favorite new fitness obsession.
You don't stick with it: Feeling bored by your workout is not the only thing that can sabotage your routine. Anything can throw a wrench in your best-laid workout plans, and that means it can be hard to stay consistent. If you've had trouble sticking with your exercise plan, read our tips on how to always make exercise a regular part of your life.
You don't challenge yourself: Like injecting something new into your routine, ramping up your workouts will also keep you from plateauing. But not only that, challenging your limits, no matter what fitness level you're at, will also help you see more results, whether that means dropping those last stubborn pounds or becoming stronger. If you're ready to up the burn, read our tips for how to challenge your muscles during your workout.
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You don't schedule it out: You say yes to dinner on Thursday only to later realize that you wanted to take a class at the gym, or you postpone a workout with the thought that you'll catch up later (only to never make it!). When you don't schedule your workout routine, it can be easier to neglect it, double book, or convince yourself something is more important. Instead, pencil in your workout plans on your calendar so you'll be less apt to skip them.
You neglect something: We all have our favorite things to do when it comes to working out, but sometimes our reluctance to do the parts of the workout we don't exactly enjoy can be detrimental. Skipping post-workout stretches, for example, can increase day-after muscle soreness, and skipping strength training can slow down weight-loss goals and create muscle imbalances. Make sure your workout plan includes cardio, stretch, and strength-training elements every week.