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When you resolve yourself to work toward fitness goals, it can be difficult to find the motivation to keep working toward them, especially as you get caught up in your old routine after the holidays. Fitness may move to the back of your mind as you focus on the new year and other aspects of your life. However, it’s important to continue making fitness a priority and take care of your health. Here are some tips for staying motivated and continuously work toward your fitness goals.

Find a workout partner

One of the most effective ways to stay motivated for fitness is to work out with someone else. If you have someone relying on you to go to the gym, you’ll be more likely to go and you might even develop friendly competition. When you’re picking a workout partner, make sure you choose a friend who will actually motivate you to workout. Do not pick someone that’ll influence you to skip your exercise and go out for drinks or dinner instead.

Vary your exercise

One of the issues that ends successful fitness routines is becoming mired in repetitive activity that you get tired of doing. Varying your workout routine helps you from becoming bored with what you’re doing and also makes it easier to break through plateaus. Try different exercise routines or fitness classes and you’ll definitely find it’s easier to reach your goals.

Focus on the end goal

In order to continuously motivate yourself, remember why you created a fitness goal in the first place. Did you want to improve your overall health? Is there a weight you’d like to reach? Are you training for a marathon? No matter why you’re focusing on fitness, remember how great you’ll feel once you reach your goal.

Get into a routine

Establishing a solid exercise routine is the best way to stick to working toward your fitness goals. After you get used to heading to the gym or a regular fitness class, it’ll turn into part of your daily or weekly routine. A regular routine makes fitness a part of your life and it seems less like work. Create your routine by working out at the same time every day; do it before or after work or over lunch.

Set smaller goals

It can be difficult to reach your end goal because most fitness goals require a lot of hard work and take a significant amount of time; there’s a lot of opportunity to become discouraged if you aren’t seeing progress quickly enough. Set smaller goals on the way to your larger goal in order to continually motivate yourself. When you reach a small goal, reward yourself in some way then start working toward the next milestone.