Keep it fun
How often do you find that there are some days when you are well up for your exercise and others when you can find any excuse to opt out. “The car needs an urgent wash, sorry can’t make circuits today”, “how long is it since I dusted the cat, that run is out of the question” etc.
Often the reason why we choose to bail on our planned exercise for the day, is simply because we don’t enjoy it enough. When asked to associate what we find to be fun, crunches and burpees aren’t likely to make the top 50.
Making exercise more fun is the key to keeping your commitment up. So how best to do this? I have a couple of ideas.
1. Pick something you think you will like doing and try it. If you hate running then you are immediately on the back foot if your routine is a 5 km jog. Try something else.
2. Workout with a friend or training partner. It is often easy to let yourself down when crying off but much harder to disappoint someone else. If you are both in it together then this should motivate you. The social aspect of exercising with someone else should also make it more fun.
3. Join a group activity or class. This can be almost anything fitness related. Walking, running, cycling, boot camp, Zumba etc. Almost 20 years ago I joined a spin cycle group and made some of the best friends of my life. Even though each session was hard, I couldn’t miss a class.
4. Combine your exercise with a weight loss group and share your experiences and success stories. This will motivate you to hang on in there on days of weakness.
5. Treat yourself to new gear. I know this is a little shallow but every sport or fitness activity has its own equipment and clothing. Buy that running watch when you feel you have earned it, invest in that bike when you know it is that activity for you, invest in that new running top (please see the link to our stock, I’ll stop there!).
Enjoy it and you will stick with it.
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