There are so many great reasons to exercise however most of us find it a real chore, struggle to find motivation and make continuous excuses as to why we shouldn’t get up and go. With the festive season well and truly behind us and it being mid-January – there really is no better time than now to ditch the excuses and take up some form of exercise this year!
Below, I have outlined my top 4 ways to help you get motivated today;
1 – Change your perspective
Don’t think you have to throw yourself into an intense, sweaty HIIT workout to reap the benefits. Try and change your perspective of things and realise that you don’t have to be the fittest person in the class, the fastest runner to get started. I can guarantee you the hardest part of starting is changing your mind-set and deciding to create the habit of committing to a few hours a week of exercise! Once you believe you can get up and do it, the ‘do-ing it’ becomes easy!
2 – Find what you love
I think it is so important to find something that motivates you, something you love and you will enjoy doing a few times a week! It could be going for a walk, roller blading, at home yoga videos, boxing, pilates, even a PT session with me! If you don’t enjoy doing it then you will only make excuses. Try making it fun too, mix it up and find variety so you don’t get bored of doing the same thing week in and week out.
3 – Schedule in your workout
Sit down on the weekend and plan your week ahead. I think it is so important to plan your workouts and set aside a few hours a week to be good to your body which in turn will only help boost your confidence and motivation. These fitness sessions should be just as important as any of your other appointments or social catch ups. Don’t cancel them, don’t make excuses and don’t reschedule them!
4 – Train with a friend
I am sure there are a lot of people in your friendship group that are struggling to get started, reach out to your friends and suggest to go for walks in the park, attend classes together and organize for coffee or breakfast dates afterwards. Social catch-ups make the workout worthwhile, enjoyable and rather amusing at times! It’s one thing cancelling on yourself but another to cancel on friends, you are less likely to do it! Grab a few buddies, lock in a few sessions for the next few weeks and make it a weekly event!
So, get rid of your expectations that exercise is too difficult and that you’re too busy. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous, set aside a few hours a week and learn to love it!
Written by Lifestyle Lucy