Most people are aware of the huge array of benefits from exercising regularly, so why aren’t more people doing it? The main reason people don’t exercise is sheer lack of motivation. Motivation is key to exercise, so here are a few tips to get you off that sofa , get your heart pumping and that body moving !
Make exercise a ‘must’ , not a ‘maybe’-prioritise exercise into your daily routine and make time for it! Make it a permanent, non negotiable, regular fixture in your busy life and make other non- productive activities such as watching television secondary to it. Don’t allow ‘lack of time’ to be an excuse- just make time for it! I personally find that scheduling my exercise in early in the morning , before breakfast and before my crazy starts , works well but we are all different and you need to find the right time for you, put it in your diary and a make it a regular thing so it becomes a habit and part of your daily routine.
Set and Review goals. Goals are extremely powerful.If you have a holiday or wedding you want to look fantastic for or a 5k or 10 k to train for? Then set a certain dress size or waist measurement to be by your holiday or wedding or a number of km to run each week. Just set one goal at a time, ensure its achievable and realistic , track and review it regularly, then once you have reached that goal , set another to keep you motivated.
Take pictures + see the improvement! Most people want to improve how they look. With determination, the right food and exercise , you can reshape your entire body. Take pictures of yourself before and then on a weekly basis to show you how your body is changing .Let that image of a fitter, slimmer you keep you motivated to carry on.
Think of you how the health benefits will improve your life. Physical appearance is a huge motivating factor but to stay motivated in the long term , health should be an even bigger one , even though we can’t always see it- we can really feel it! The list of health and well-being benefits that exercise provides is enormous( but I will save that for another time ) Think about enjoying a high quality of life for years to come, free of disease or health concerns, allowing you to run around with your children or grandchildren, do all the things you want to do and get the most out of life!
Keep an exercise log , detailing exactly what you have done each session eg times, weights, reps and distances etc to track your progress and show you how you are improving each week.
Find an exercise partner- and arrange to meet them at specific times/ dates as you are more likely to not let them down for training sessions .It also helps if your partner has similar goals to you.
Reward yourself every time you reach a goal eg treat yourself to a massage or a new pair of trainers.
Go to an experienced Personal Trainer who has been recommended or has a good local reputation with genuine success stories such as THESE . A good trainer will motivate you and make your training varied, fun and efficient and will not only help you enjoy the right exercise but will also help you enjoy the right foods for life , without faddy restrictive dieting.
Just Do it! Starting is always the hardest part and your biggest obstacle. You need to believe in yourself, tell yourself you can do it, stop making excuses not to start and just go for it!
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