How do you motivate yourself for exercise? Below are some 7 quick tips to get started.
1.Make a regular schedule of you daily routine, work, social engagements, appointments, family or managing a home. Identify where you spend your time.
2. keep a diary and write down exactly when and how you are going to exercise, whether it’s an early morning run or an exercise class, could you fit in a session between work or study and meeting friends in the evening. It is also useful to plan and book ahead your fitness routine that you are going to attend that week, most gyms and leisure centres now have online booking apps. By scheduling exercise in advance you commit yourself to your exercise programme.
3.It is important to have variety in your exercise routine, for example, change your walking, running programmes by adding different routes, speeds, challenges, incorporate Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi or strength training into the programme.
4.Focus on doing rather than thinking, there are many times we can use excuses to skip an exercise session. Excuses can range from ‘its too cold’, I’m ‘too busy’ or ‘too tired. Recognise the inner dialogue which goes on and change this to a positive state.
5.You can also use visualisation technique of recalling when you felt great after a previous exercise session, anchor and recapture those feelings and thoughts and use the visualisation to imagine yourself feeling energised and fit.
6.Use a fitness App for tracking your progress, these can be useful for monitoring the amount of steps you walk or miles you run and act as a motivational tool.
7.Use goal setting to determine what you want to achieve, this will help, encourage and motivate you when times get tough. Create new goals regularly to ensure you are on track.