5 Ways I Stick to My Gym Routine

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5 Ways I Stick to My Gym Routine

Last year we joined our local YMCA, which is a good thing because I find that I feel so much happier and healthier when I am able to work out regularly.  It’s easy to fall off track and stop going to the gym or miss a lot of days in a row.  There are always distractions, things I could do instead or WANT to do instead, and things that make me think that just staying home might be an ok option.  To make the routine one that is easier to stick to, these are a few of the things that help me:

1.  Timing is Everything – I am NOT a morning person.  I have often heard that working out first thing in the morning is a good idea because it gets it out of the way right away.  I would love to do that, but I just can’t commit to mornings.  Late afternoon is a good time for me and I go with that.

2.  Be Ready to Go at a Moment’s Notice – I always keep my gym bag packed so that I don’t have the delay of looking for all my gym gear before leaving the house.  An even better option would be to keep it already in the car, but I haven’t worked up to that one yet!

3. Find an Accountability Partner – If I have someone who is waiting for me or counting on me to show up to exercise, there is no way I’ll miss it.  For me, that’s my husband.  We have found that rather than having him come home to pick me up for the gym, it’s better for me to meet him there.  If he comes home and gets in the house, it’s more likely that we might end up not leaving again!

4.  Make it a Treat – I try to always find things that make me look forward to exercise, besides just the health benefits!  For me, that means treating myself to mindless time browsing Facebook when I am walking on the treadmill or riding a stationary bike (anyplace using a phone is safe) or reading a great book.  For more active exercise, I choose fun group classes like Zumba and Hip-Hop Cardio.

5.  Don’t Let “That Time of the Month” Be an Excuse – It’s easy to decide not to go to the gym because you have your period.  But, missing all those days every month can really add up.  The trick is to use a product that still lets you feel confident in your workout apparel, like U by Kotex, and head to the gym.  Plus, doing a moderate workout might even help the discomfort of your period. (Google it!)

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Do you have any tips for sticking to your workout routine?

Do you take “days off” during that time of the month?


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  1. Great tips! I find actually scheduling my workout helps to keep me on track but I also love having a partner!

  2. I workout every day, but I only do classes. If I am left on my own, I don’t go.

  3. To keep up a work out routine… you must first have one. I need to get off m butt and get off the extra pounds!

  4. Great tips. This is something I struggle with! Maybe making it different or switching it up would be better.

  5. Umm. I take “days off” every day of the month. LOL. I really need to start a routine.

  6. Great tips! I am so bad about letting my time of the month deter me.

  7. Good advice to stick with your goals. Especially on those days.

  8. When I am in workout mode.. which is NOT often.. I must do it continuously. I have a tendency to go hard for 5 days and then skip a day.. After that day I am done.. I stink at it.

  9. I definitely use that time of the month as an excuse! Thanks for the motivation to get going!

  10. My days off have really stretched into months :/ I need to get back into a workout schedule! Your tips are really helpful!

  11. That time of the month doesn’t include exercise for me. I used to be able to, but the cramps hit me hard so I can’t for the first couple days. After that I can, and yes, having the right protection and confidence they won’t fail you is important.

  12. This month I’ve been challenging myself to do something every day, even if it’s a walk around my neighborhood. I don’t tend to take many days off, and if I feel like taking a day off, I try to do something lighter.

  13. I wish I could work out every day! I’m trying to carve out some time to really make it worth it.

  14. I love your tips! I wish I could say that I have a workout routine but I don’t. It’s so bad and I need to get started again!

  15. I think finding a partner to hold you accountable is the biggest key for me. Lately I’ve been exercising at home only b/c my plan to start five months ago didn’t happen.

  16. Having an accountability partner is the best one for me! Some days I need someone to drag my butt to workout 🙂

  17. Get new gym clothes, you’ll want to go show them off. Lol. It’s funny that we have to sometimes trick ourselves into going

  18. Great tips. I find that sticking with an assigned time makes all the difference for me. It is like a date that I CANNOT break!

  19. Great tips for sticking to your gym routine. Having an accountability partner is a huge help.

  20. I think making it a treat is a great idea. Find something you look forward to about it. Great tip!

  21. I have oficially stated my workout routine today. I don’t want to take any days off and get side tracked!

  22. I can not do mornings either. I find that I skip more morning classes at my gym because I just can’t get motivated until after noon!

  23. Having a partner is super helpful! My friend and I make sure we’re both in class and give the other heck if we’re not there. Also, I always feel better during that time of the month if I DO work out and worse if I do not. Great tips!

  24. I workout at home. It seems to fit my schedule better because I can start my workout any time.

  25. i need the accountability person.


    and we use u by kotex here too. love

  26. I don’t skip the gym unless there is a scheduling conflict that is legit – school, dr appointment, etc. I literally schedule Dr. appointments on opposite days unless they tell me I can’t! If I’m sick with a cold or even cramps, I find that working out makes me feel better.

  27. Unfortunately I suffer from PMDD and PCOS so I’m bedbound in excruciating pain during my time of the month from a few days to a few weeks which makes exercising VERY hard 🙁

    I agree with all your tips though! Make it as easy as you can to get to the gym like you detailed, that way it won’t feel like a chore to do.

  28. I’ve had one long day off for 25 or so years now. And when I did have a time of the month whether or not I did it depended on the month.

  29. Having an accountability partner is a great tip. It’s so much easier and more fun to work out with a friend.

  30. I used SparkPeople in the past. It really helped me keep up with exercising.

  31. Good tips….staying focused has always been hard for me when it comes to the gym.

  32. I’ve always been a fan of U by Kotex. I love how discreet their products are. For the routine, I do agree that keeping an accountability partner is KEY. At least it is for me!

  33. I’d love to work out in the afternoon but I know I’d never do it. I have to do it very first in the a.m. to make sure I’m doing it. It’s habit now. 🙂

  34. I’m struggling to keep up with my gym routine! But at least it’s nice so we can be outside!

  35. I’m not working out every day but I’m doing a challenge every day. and I walk on average 10 miles a week. Does that count? 🙂

  36. I admit I have used the time of of the month as my excuse and it’s always so hard to get back into the swing of things after that break.

  37. Great tips! I guess I need to start a workout routine before I can find ways to stick to it!

  38. Great tips! Gym partner definitely help, it has been my saviour so many times.

  39. These are great tips for keeping the gym habit going all month long. “That time of the month” is still time to exercise and get to the gym.

  40. Great tips! I have to admit I use all of these for not going, esp. my time of the month. But I wont let it stop me now. Our health is too important!

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