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Can't stick to your exercise routine? These 8 tips from Mickey Mehta will help

22 Jan 2023

Do you often give up on your workout routine? Try these tips to stay motivated.

Consistent exercising promotes strength, stamina, weight loss, develops an efficient cardiovascular system, lowers blood pressure and relieves stress.

Many times people promise themselves to begin an exercise routine, maintain it for two to three months, only to give up as the enthusiasm drops due to lack of motivation. This unfortunately is the route of most exercise plans unless you ignite that spark with something new in your routine. Listed below are a few tips to supercharge that enthusiasm for a consistent workout routine:

  1. Pick a form of exercise you enjoy. Choose from gym workouts to aerobics to yoga, Pilates, boot camp, calisthenics, walks, swimming etc. There are many kinds of activities to choose from; look and you are bound to find the right one for you.

  2. Have a positive attitude. Exercise is of vital importance to your state of mind too. So, instead of looking at it a drudgery routine, learn to enjoy its benefits by setting realistic goals and making it an enjoyable part of your life.

  3. Vary or change your repetition speed and counts or get into partner workouts to rev up your motivation.

  4. Alternate exercise routines like interval training, body weight training, circuit training etc. High intensity interval training is an intense workout that involves short spurts of intense anaerobic exercises with recovery periods in-between. It uses a combination of exercises like jumping, strength training, martial arts and stretching. These are not recommended for people who are unaccustomed to exercises or for beginners. It is ideal for people who are fit and are looking for greater challenges. They need to be done strictly under guidance as risk of injuries, muscle soreness and painful joints are high.

  5. Body weight training is a popular form of exercise for strength and stamina and for weight management and includes exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, abs exercises using one s own body weight or little or no equipment.

  6. Circuit training is done by doing various exercises in a row with little or no rest in-between. It can consist of a combination of cardio, boot camp, stretches/yogasana and resistance training. It helps burn fat, builds strength and stamina and makes your workouts more varied and creative. Use of equipments like dumbbells, barbells, kettle bells, medicine balls, resistance tubes, etc can be used to supercharge your interest and efforts.

  7. Boot camp is high on its recreational values and is excellent for muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. Boot camp training involves using your own body weight and is a combination of cardio drills like jumping jacks, running, etc that helps boost metabolism, burns calories and helps to stay in shape.

  8. Swimming and aqua aerobics offer an effective workout for stamina and flexibility. Both are full body workouts ideal for weight management. It is one of the finest aerobic exercises and also helps people with weak limbs, injuries and motor problems.

Make exercising a sustainable activity which has a blend of creativity, variety and recreational value. It works best when you perform a set of different exercises like those mentioned above. Make exercising an integral part of your life. No matter how you do your exercise, always remember to follow the basics of warm ups, stretches, breathing and cool down and ensure that you do them under competent guidance.

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