Sticking with a new workout routine can be extremely challenging.
You'll be on a roll for a week and feel like nothing can stop you, and then Monday rolls around, and just the thought of taking on the treadmill is basically torture.
One day off turns into three, a rest day turns into a rest week, and before you know it, you feel like you have to start all over again to reach your fitness goals.
For some people, working out is like second nature -- an appointment with themselves that they always set time aside for, whether it means setting that extra early alarm, or slightly shifting their schedule to fit in SoulCycle.
But how did they get there? I mean, they must have started out with those torturous treadmill thoughts, too, right?
To Make A Gym Routine Truly Stick, It Needs To Become A Genuine Habit
This basically means making it a behavior that comes automatically and without thought, because you've done it over and over in the past.
The constant repetition leads to automaticity, which leads to lack of thought.
Bottom line: Nike is onto something when tell you to "just do it."
Listen, sleep-walking to the elliptical because of "lack of thought" sounds lovely and all, but the real question is, how long does that shift in thought process actually take?
According to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes an average of 66 days (approximately eight to nine weeks) for someone to effectively form a habit of any kind.
OK OK, not as long as I thought.
Elite Daily spoke with personal trainer Greer Rothermel to get her point of view on cultivating a true dedication to a workout routine.
Rothermel went on to say that lifestyle changes (not just a fitness fad or crash diet) take time and patience.
Not All Days Are Going To Be Fun Or Filled With Motivation, But Persistence Truly Does Pay Off
But how can you make sure you stick to your new routine without ditching it within a week's time?
Personal trainer and nutrition coach Paola Marquez gave Elite Daily some awesome advice on how to hold yourself accountable.
Marquez also suggests getting a workout buddy to join you in your new routine. Accountability is super effective, especially when someone else is counting on you to show up.
She also insists realistic goals will get you to where you want to be. Listen to your body, and only push yourself to do what you're capable of accomplishing.
Baby steps, guys. Those badass biceps will come with time.
Last but not least, Marquez tells Elite Daily,