Did you make a New Year’s Resolution at the start of the year to get healthier?

How’d that work out for you?  How long was it before you threw your hands up in frustration and gave up?  Most people last a week.  A few last almost a month.

However, in the end only a handful of people stick with their resolution long enough to see much of a difference. That is, if they see any difference at all.

The reason?  Overwhelmingly, it comes down to a lack of consistency.  If you only work out once a week, even if you do so intensely, it’s not going to be as effective as it would have been if you work out more moderately, but more often.

Here are some quick tips to help you stick with it and start seeing a difference:

  • Create a schedule – Not only that, but write it down! There’s power in the written word and you’ll have an easier time holding yourself accountable if you force yourself to look at what you’re supposed to be doing on any given day.
  • Don’t do it alone – Find an exercise buddy. Someone who has the same basic fitness goals.  Not only will you have someone to work out with, but you’ll be able to help keep each other accountable.  That’s win-win!
  • Flip the script – Many people just don’t like conventional workouts. It’s easy to see why, so don’t do that.  Find a fun physical activity you enjoy doing and do it consistently.  What’s your preference?  Tennis?  Fencing?  Frisbee?  All of those will give you a fabulous workout, but none of them really feel like exercise.

Even if you just do the three things mentioned above and nothing else, you’ll go a long way toward sticking with your exercise long enough to start seeing real, tangible results.  Once you do, it will provide all the motivation you need to keep going!