6 TIPS TO HELP YOU STICK TO YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE

Stick to your workout program. From mixing up your exercise routine to adding accountability, get tips to help develop and stick to an exercise plan.

HOW MOVING YOUR BODY CAN HELP YOUR HEART

We all start a new exercise plan with great intentions. Then sometimes your schedule gets in the way. Other times, it’s simply a lack of motivation.

Quotation marks

The first thing to do before you start any exercise routine is to talk to your doctor.

Once you get the go-ahead, here are six tips to help you stick to your exercise plan.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOURSELF

Consider your workout program a commitment, just like work or school. Put it on your calendar. Stick to your exercise “appointment” like any other obligation.

BE ACCOUNTABLE TO OTHERS

It’s harder to stay on the couch when someone is waiting for you – whether it’s your walking buddy or a trainer at the gym. Double bonus: studies show you’ll also spend more time in your exercise routine when you have a friend along.

MAKE IT FUN

Join a softball league. Take a ballroom dancing class. Go bowling. In other words, take the “routine” out of exercise routine because exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore. If you’re having fun, you’re more likely to stick with your fitness program.

MIX IT UP

If you keep doing the exact same workout routine each day, you’re more likely to get bored and give up. To prevent this from happening, mix up your activities so things don’t become repetitive and boring.

GET TECHY

From wearable devices to apps, it’s easier than ever to track your progress, see results and set goals. And if a little healthy competition motivates you, join an online community and participate in challenges.

REWARD YOURSELF

Set a goal, such as staying on track with your exercise routine for a full week or month. If you succeed, give yourself a little treat like a movie, massage, or pedicure.

Remember, everyone slips up now and again. Missing a workout or two won’t cancel out six months of dedication to your exercise plan. The key is to jump right back in and recommit to your routine – and your health!

HEART ATTACK SURVIVOR STORIES

elderly woman smiling

BETTY B

"I am thankful for each day and the opportunities it brings to share my experiences with others."

READ MORE >
older male with young child

KEN L

"I’ve changed my diet to minimize fat and salt. I’m learning to read labels and make healthy choices."

READ MORE >
elderly woman smiling

CINDY B

"It all comes down to listening – the cardiologists listening to us, and not just with their stethoscopes – and us listening to the cardiologists. Without both of these, there are no winners!"

READ MORE >
middle aged man with sunglasses and baseball cap

RANDY W

"I now take a low dose Bayer Aspirin regimen, and I was told that the aspirin I was given during my heart attack helped save my life! Thanks for being there for me Bayer!"

READ MORE >

Aspirin regimen products for recurrent heart attack prevention

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

This tool is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, medical advice, or medical treatment. Contact your healthcare provider after using the tool to discuss your heart health or if you have any health concerns.

Estimated risk of a cardiovascular event, specifically, the risk of a heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI) or stroke in the next five years.