Step It Up: How to Actually Stay Committed to Your Fitness Goals

It's been a few months since you made your New Year's resolutions, and chances are you're starting to get tired of the fitness grind. It happens to all of us, so here are a few tips to push past the hump and stick with those fitness goals for the long term.    I've been working out for the past few months on a pretty regular basis. Sure, the typical hiccups happened along the way, but sticking to the right food, and working out at least 5 times a week I've seen some great progress. But, here's where things start to get a bit rough. Life is getting busier, spring is coming up, and I'm kinda tired.

 This fitness grind is so close to becoming a permanent shift in my lifestyle.  Here is my plan to keep going: 

Switch it up:  I'm not talking about taking a month off, but take a break from your now established routine with a few days of something else – running, swimming, hiking, bouldering, or a fitness video. You can also add in some classes at a local gym for a different style workout, like Tai Chi or a spin class. Most give you a free first try, so it's a good way to do something different but still get your sweat on. Also, I've found that it's encouraging to go out and do something active and realize how many gains have been made in strength and endurance.

Set some time-sensitive goals:  Now is the time to register for a mud run, or marathon to really help give a purpose to the work. I'm set for a Tough Mudder later this year, and I'm also looking at a few local races to help me appreciate leg day.

Get a buddy:  There's definitely someone else out there who needs to workout with someone. It doesn't have to be every day, but setting up a regular day or two to work out with a friend is a great way to keep up the accountability and motivation.

Also, while it's cool to find someone who matches you, it can also be helpful to connect with people of a different skill level, or who practice different types of fitness to keep things interesting. 

Upgrade the equipment: I splurged on a nice set of adjustable weights this year to give me something that I've invested in. They're compact and easy to use, so it makes working out easier and less of a hassle. I'm eyeing a set of the TRX straps for traveling, since they pack up small but still deliver a solid workout.

ManMade Recommended: Bowflex Adjustable Dumbells ($240) or TRX Home Workout Strap System ($150)

Change the time: I've moved my workouts from early morning to the evenings, then back again, a few times. This change is a good break as you can sleep in a bit more, or get some things done after work. That small change makes the whole experience different, and can feel like a big enough change to break up the monotony of a daily routine.

Switch that playlist: Sometimes a new workout mix will keep the daily workout interesting. I've been streaming channels for a while, so it's a pretty easy switch from something hard to something with a beat. I recommend Apple Music, Google Play, or Amazon Prime Music if you're a member over there. They all seem to learn what you like and have a robust recommended station system.

What are your suggestions for breaking through the grind and sticking with your fitness goals? We'd love to hear your advice and comments below!