If you have ever tried to exercise and ended up losing motivation, it’s because you were relying on willpower alone. The problem with willpower is that it is a finite resource. This means that eventually, it will run out and you will give in to your old habits.

Instead of relying on willpower, make use of our free printable workout routine template and make exercise a habit.

Why do people stop exercising?

There are many reasons why people might stop exercising, but the most common one is probably lack of motivation. It can be hard to stay motivated when you don’t see results immediately. 

Of course, it can also be extremely difficult to find the time to exercise. Sure, in an ideal world you could just “get up earlier” and spend an hour and a half on a full workout routine but if you’re struggling to fit everything in as it is, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

There are tons of five or ten minute workout videos on Youtube you can follow – particularly if you’re not really sure what to do. I personally like Blogilates and Rebecca-Louise. Or just pick a few exercises and try to do them every day, increasing the number as you go.

When you think of exercise as black and white, you just set yourself up to fail. Take it easy on yourself, especially if you’re starting from nothing. 

 

What if you miss a day of exercise? 

Just let it go, in my opinion. Don’t punish yourself by doing a double workout tomorrow. Don’t eat less to make up for it. Just move on and try not to miss the next day. The harder you make it on yourself to get back on track, the less likely you are to do it.

Track your progress:

Weighing yourself is a good way of seeing changes over time but of course, it’s not the only indicator of progress because putting on some muscle from working out can increase your weight. This is why it is important to take measurements of your body so that you can see how much progress you are really making.

With our free printable workout routine template, you can easily track your progress by taking measurements of your arms, waist, hips, and thighs. Take a photo each week too and download a layout app so you can put photos side by side to compare.

The best motivation is results. Once you can see evidence of them, you’ll be more motivated to keep going.

What kind of exercise should I do? 

This is a great question, but there is no answer that fits everyone. It really depends on your fitness goals and what kind of exercises you enjoy. You should be doing some kind of cardio and some kind of strength training but the options are endless. The best workout is the one you’ll actually do.

Set workout goals that aren’t to do with weight or appearance:

One great way to stay motivated when working out is to set workout goals that aren’t related to weight or appearance. This means finding other things that you want to achieve through your workout routine like to be able to do ten pushups (or even one). Having smaller goals to work towards means more goals accomplished faster and more motivation to stay on track.

More workout tips:

  • Set realistic goals: If you set your sights too high, you are more likely to give up when you don’t see results immediately. This is why it is important to set realistic goals that you can achieve within a reasonable time frame.
  • Workout fits: Get you some cute workout clothes so you’ll feel stylish and comfortable while you do your thing.
  • Workout buddy: This is someone who you can exercise with and who will help to keep you accountable – not someone who will enable you when you get lazy. If you drag each other down, there’s no point.
  • Sick beats:  Choose music that is upbeat and that will help you to stay focused on your workout. Nothing beats this.

These are just a few tips on how to use our free printable workout routine template to make exercise more enjoyable. I hope that you find this template helpful and that it helps you to achieve your fitness goals.