Sticking with the new year, new me kind of theme, and the fact that lots of people out there are hard at work trying to get into shape right now, I thought this would be a useful article to help them stay on track.
If you’re not a natural eager beaver, or you’re easily distracted, then you will know how hard it is to keep to your exercise routine. I, for one, am terrible at going to the gym. I much prefer to be outdoors, enjoying the ‘green gym’. There’s nothing wrong with hitting up the gym, or doing exercise classes; it’s all about finding what suits you best. For me, enjoy clocking up miles on my bike, or playing rounds of golf. I occasionally go some gym-type work, but it’s few and far between, and it’s far more likely that I’ll be working on Pilates-style exercises, as they’re great for conditioning the body.
Enough about me, anyway. What we have here is some of the best advice you can get at sticking to your fitness tasks. It’s worth mentioning that you should, at the very least, vaguely enjoy what you’re doing, or you won’t stick to it – that’s just common sense.
So, what are these key ingredients to helping me stay on board with my fitness goals, I hear you say! Let’s take a look and find out…
What’s the Key to Not Skipping Exercise?
A recent study of 2,000 people found that if you go to bed no later than 9.44pm, you let someone else know about your exercise plans, and having your kit ready up to two-and-a-half hours in advance are three of the key ingredients to guarantee you don’t sack off a workout.
On top of these essential tips, you should have three sets of exercise clothes, take two days off a week and also exercise first thing in the morning, to ‘get it out of the way’, for optimum workout persistence.
You’re Not Alone
You might think that it’s just you being slack, but 37% of people admitted struggling more with the demands of getting exercise sessions in during January than at any other time of the year. More than half of people (56%) reckon it’s those horrible dark mornings/ evenings that make it all that bit harder to get in the mood – understandable really!
But, with all the expectation to look good these days, especially as everyone seems to be a personal trainer or have access to those yoga pants that go higher than Simon Cowell’s jeans, and make their waist look 12-inches, just how do people stay on track? It’s a simple one really, but often hard to achieve. You see, it’s all about motivation. As I touched on earlier, if you’re not motivated to do something, it’s then pretty easy to find any little excuse to swerve a workout, even though you know you’ll feel great for doing it afterwards!
Here are some golden nuggets of advice to help you stay motivated to exercise and make it less of a chore and more about staying fit, healthy, and most of all, happy!
Small Changes to Start
By setting yourself just one thing to change each week is far more achievable and sustainable, giving you much more chance to have those long-term changes without feeling too overwhelmed
Focus on Being Social
Lots of people like to train alone so that they don’t get distracted, but when you’re first starting out, it’s great to have a training partner. The benefits of this mean you can spur each other on when you’re exercising and have a laugh. But you can also stop each other bailing out of a session!
Make Exercise Fit Your Lifestyle
Everyone leads different lives, so exercise needs to fit in around your life. If you’re not a morning person, then don’t plan to train in the mornings and then not see it through – be realistic. It’s well worth planning some kind of exercise or workout it into your day so that you can stick to it. Think about time efficiency and train smart; you don’t need to be smashing out three hours on the treadmill to get fit.
Is there anything you’ve found works best for you that you think others will benefit from? Feel free to leave a comment here or on Facebook and Twitter!