In Summary

Exercise should not be something you do only when you want to lose weight. The information below may help you stay on course when your motivation starts to flag.

As the year starts, a number of us make resolutions such as staying fit. Usually, an individual who sticks to their workout schedule gets the results they want because consistency is key. However, this does not mean that your schedule causes a breakdown. You must choose a routine that is convenient for you so that there is no reason to miss.

Health wise
James Martin Aworit, a gym instructor at Jimmy’s Gym in Namugongo, says workouts come with a lot of health benefits as well as complications, depending on how someone carries them out.
“There are some mishaps that come into existence when an individual skips their workout and usually people blame the instructor. However, it becomes hard to monitor someone’s progress if they are inconsistent,” says Aworit.

Aworit emphasises that if someone is to make a gym instructor part of their workout schedule, then they should not miss their workout appointments because this eases the instructor’s work. It also makes it easy for them to make follow ups and know when adjustments are needed.

Keeps you fit
Siama Kyolisiima, a fitness coach at Sassy and Classy Fitness Centre, says keeping up with your routine will benefit you both mentally and physically. She says individuals should know that what they are doing is for their own good.
She, however, notes that while trying to keep up with the schedule, you should not rush it because this can cause a breakdown.

Goal achievement
“There is no way someone who violates their routine can achieve their goal because such a person in most cases does not have a plan on what to do and at what time,” says Kyolisiima.
She says a person who sets a routine always has a plan of what they are required to do, so missing will distort the programme.

She advises you to involve friends or the new people you have met at the gym to create some interest and therefore find reason to always be there for a workout. “There is a new trend where music is used to make workouts more interesting.
However, these workouts including aerobics and zumba are better in a group because others motivate you,” recommends Kyolisima.

Eases workout adjustments
“Consistency eases adjustment, especially when it comes to those who lift weights because it is a gradual process,” says Yona Okoth, a fitness trainer at Namuwongo Home of Body Building.

He adds that if a person works out as their schedule states, then they will easily know when they need to try out something new because they will have monitored themselves well and know how effective the past routine has been.
“It does not only ease work for the individual but also their gym supervisor because they will be able to monitor their progress and know what kind of exercise they should add onto what they are already doing,” says Okoth.

Set some goals
According to Harvard Health, shifting overnight from being sedentary to becoming an exercise buff is not in the cards for most people. What is more, unrealistic expectations will set you up for frustration and failure.

A better approach is to set a long-term goal, such as walking for 30 minutes five days a week, and break it into monthly targets. During the first month, focus on walking three days a week for at least 10 minutes or longer each time.

During the second month, walk an additional day per week (so you’re up to walking four days a week). Add another day in the third month.
Then, every two weeks, extend each walking session by five minutes until you reach your goal.

Getting back on track
Even the most dedicated workout freaks sometimes go astray. It is important to learn how to reclaim your routine. When you have missed workout sessions, evaluate your current level of fitness and set goals accordingly. If you have been away from your routine for two weeks or more, do not expect to start where you left off. Cut your workout in half for the first few days to give your body time to readjust.

Try to keep confidence in yourself when you relapse. Instead of expending energy on feeling guilty and defeated, focus on what it will take to get started again.