587ff32c2cb76b761382aab5_Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 5.58.40 PMNearly everyone on planet earth realizes and accepts the fact that exercise has tremendous benefits to health and wellness. That being said, working out can be inconvenient, time consuming, and extremely challenging. It’s very easy to purchase a gym membership and tell yourself that you are going to get in shape. After about 2 weeks the “honeymoon” is over, and working out can seem dull or difficult. While regular exercise requires an immense amount of discipline, time, and devotion, there are several tips that can help you stay the course. First, it is very important to vary your workouts. Doing the same exact lifts and exercises every workout is both ineffective and boring. One should always look to try new things, push the envelope, and be open-minded about learning different approaches to exercise. This will help keep your sessions fresh and interesting. Another great way to maintain consistency is to buddy up with a friend. If you involve someone else in your exercise regimen it will instantly hold you more accountable. When choosing a workout partner, look for someone who has similar fitness goals, someone who is reliable, and someone who will push you. Getting up early in the morning, completing extra sets, running an extra mile, and showing up to every workout are all easier when you know somebody else is doing the exact same thing with you. A third tip is to pace yourself.  Just like fad diets, which often are extreme and impossible to sustain long-term, over-intense exercise can quickly burn you out. Instead, find a challenging pace and be very consistent. If your program systematically increases in intensity, your consistent efforts will end up in phenomenal results.  The best way to sustain a long-term workout program is to incorporate it into your daily life.