You’ve decided to get on a fitness program and you’re enthusiastic in the beginning. However, after a few weeks or months, you feel your motivating waning. This is actually pretty common so you shouldn’t feel too bad. In fact, this is one of the primary reasons most people fail to follow through on their fitness program. The only way you can reap the benefits of exercise is by doing it regularly.

This is where motivation plays a crucial role. So today, we’ll discuss a few things you can do to keep yourself motivated so you stick to your exercise program.

It is common for new exercisers to try to take on more than they can handle right from the start. You have to remember that your body will take some time to catch up to your exercise ideals. In the early going, rather than feeling rejuvenated by a vigorous workout, you’re likely to simply feel worn out. Start off gradually, so your body and muscle groups can get accustomed to the increased activity. You may not completely avoid some soreness, but minimal soreness shouldn’t be an issue for you. Make sure you warm up sufficiently and cool down after your workout. Give your body time to adjust before increasing intensity. People who find a workout environment that they find appealing are more likely to exercise consistently. You can do your workouts at home, at the gym, or at a nearby park. Some people, for example, like to work out around other people and find the atmosphere at a gym inspiring. Others find it stressful to have others watch them exercise. It is not unusual if you find that you are more comfortable exercising outside. If that sounds like you, then skip the treadmill and go outside for some exercise in nature. One of the keys to exercise success is building your fitness program around your preferences.

If you’re thinking of starting an exercise program, know that you don’t have to go it alone. Let your friends, co-workers, and family members know that you’re going to start a fitness program. There may be some of them who would be interested to join you. You and others can join a gym and make it a date to work out after work. Or you can run or jog at the park every morning with your friends before you go to work. This is one of the best ways to stay motivated, as you then have someone else to work out with and discuss your goals with. This provides a great support system because you can encourage each other to keep pushing on even when the motivation to exercise is low.

If you want to achieve your fitness goals, you’ll need to make sure your motivation remains high. The tips we’ve offered in this article are excellent starting points. Simply focusing on your desired outcome, whether it’s to get faster or stronger or thinner can help to encourage you when your motivation is low.