Staying motivated over the winter months can be hard. The Y is here to help!
Peggy Herforth is the Y’s Health & Fitness Director. If you’re just getting started with a new routine or need some motivation to continue a previous workout schedule, Peggy is here to help!
When it comes to starting something new such as creating a steady workout routine, the hardest part is to stick with it long enough and keep a consistent enough schedule that it becomes a habit.
Working out with consistency is important for achieving fitness results, improving your health, and generating a greater sense of mental well-being.
Once you have decided on the type of exercise you want to engage in, creating consistency means being realistic about how much time you need to devote to your regular exercise regimen. It’s important to schedule time for your workouts as you would any other appointment. Don’t try to fit them in haphazardly; put workouts on your calendar or have a set time each day. Keeping a tight schedule with exercise matters because when you skip a lot of days in a row the health benefits start to dissipate. At first, this is just a decrease in the positive metabolic aspects, but eventually skipping exercise effects motivation, endurance, and can increase injury.
For optimal results, you will want to build up to higher and higher levels of cardiovascular strength, flexibility and strength training. A gradual increase in intensity will allow your muscles, tendons and ligaments a chance to adjust to the strains and challenges of a fitness regimen.
A consistent workout regimen reduces stress and increases your mental well-being. When you work out regularly, your body releases endorphins that enhance your mood. You have probably experienced these positive feelings after finishing a cardiovascular workout. You might also find that when you go for days or weeks of not exercising, your energy level decreases and your mood is not as heightened.
Sticking to a regular exercise regimen will keep you feeling revived both physically and mentally. When you exercise with consistency, your muscles will develop gradually and your mind will experience reduced levels of stress and greater relaxation.