I’m writing this post mainly because I need a bit of a kick up the backside myself. After what feels like months of being ill, I am desperate to get active again on a regular basis. I’ve been running a few times over the past month or so and I’ve done a couple of spin classes but I really need to get exercise back into my routine and get my body (and immune system!) fighting fit again.
These are my top tips on how to motivate yourself to exercise:
Make your workouts a part of your schedule.
And stick to it. It’s pretty difficult for me to stick to any kind of self-imposed schedule. I’m not very strict with myself. However, I have recently been trying something that works pretty well. Schedule a workout such as ‘run 5k’ on a Friday morning. If you wake up and it’s raining or you’re not feeling up to it, don’t skip the workout. Change it. Throw on a yoga DVD or Google a simple 30min muscle burner. Hold yourself accountable and keep a workout in your routine.
Do it first thing in the morning.
This hasn’t necessarily been working very well for me at the moment because I still feel a bit rough and stuffy first thing, which makes me want to grab a hot drink and hit the sofa. Every day. But I did once read a piece of advice that said ‘exercise your body first thing in the morning, before your brain figures out what you’re doing.’ I think that’s brilliant. And it’s definitely worked for me in the past, so as soon as I am fighting fit again, I’ll be following this advice for sure.
Take before & after pics.
Sometimes if can be hard to notice results when you’re on a new regime and see yourself every day. They say it takes a month for you to notice your own changes so you need to keep going! Why not take a quick picture once a month and track your progress? Sometimes your body changes and it’s not reflected on the scales. But that doesn’t mean you haven’t burnt some serious fat off and replaced it with sexy, lean muscle. So, go on… Take a selfie! (Just make sure it doesn’t sync to the wrong place…)
Mix it up, keep it fun!
Running every morning is boring and can lead to injury. Only doing yoga will eventually be just as boring. So you need to mix up your workouts. Go for a hike up the nearest hill/mountain. Try out a new exercise dvd. Try a barre or spin class with a friend and head for a chat over a healthy juice afterwards. Download a bit of Kayla Itsines. Or simply head out for a walk. Just don’t allow yourself to get fed up of the same old routine – mix it up and you’ll be excited to hit your next workout! Mixing it up has been proven to get results quicker too, as your muscles are consistently being challenged by something new.
Set achievable goals.
Don’t take on too much. If you currently do not exercise and have a pretty busy lifestyle, telling yourself that you are going to get up every morning at 6am and workout or go to the gym every day after work is most probably setting yourself up to fail, which will only make you feel less motivated. However, set yourself a goal of 3 workouts in a week and look at your diary and the best times for these to fit into your schedule and you’ll be well on your way to success!
I feel better after writing that already!
Do you have any tips on how to motivate yourself to exercise? Let me know in the comments below!