We’ve all been there: either fallen off – or have yet to jump on – the health and fitness bandwagon.
It can be tough to motivate yourself to hit the gym or get up early for a run, but it can be done.
Work, stress, lack of time and life in general can stand in the way of you living the lifestyle you want to live.
But with the right plan in place, and the right attitude, there are simple ways to incorporate exercise into your routine.
Here are our top ways to help you start working out, so that you can reap the benefits of exercise.
1. Understand your goals
Understanding ‘why’ you want to exercise is the best place to start. Not everyone does it for the same reason. So, knowing what your primary goal is will really help you motivate yourself to stay on track.
2. Sometimes we need even more motivation
It’s okay, we’ve definitely all been here too. Sometimes we need MORE motivation, so here are just some of the important and motivational reasons to make you want to exercise:
- People who exercise are happier and less stressed
- You’ll improve your memory
- Exercise can boost your brain health
- It helps slow down the aging process
- Exercise improves your body composition
3. Set specific goals
We all know that we should exercise, but when it comes down to it, something always gets in the way.
Starting an exercise program can be daunting. The problem is, we simply don’t put the right strategies in place for it to be a success.
Here are some simple strategies to put into place:
- Be specific: don’t set yourself a goal to ‘become fit’, instead set a specific goal you can track. For example, aim to exercise three times a week
- Be realistic: if you’re new to this, don’t set a goal that you can’t achieve. Focus on the small achievements
- Set short-term goals: be sure to set yourself short term goals to keep you motivated, instead of ‘run a marathon next year’
4. Set reminders
One of the biggest challenges facing us today is lack of time. A way around this is to schedule in time to exercise. Set reminders on your phone or add it into your calendar. And if you’re still struggling, take a look at: “10 Fitness Hacks For When You Don’t Have Time To Work Out”.
5. Come up with a workout plan
Okay, so this sounds more complicated then it needs to be. Getting in shape is far easier, when you have a plan in place. Your weekly exercise routine should include resistance training to build/maintain muscle, along with some aerobic exercise to improve your cardiovascular health.
If you’re a little stuck, just have a quick Google where you’ll find lots of great websites that cover various different types of workout routines to suit your body shape and the results you want to achieve.
I’m sure you’ve heard of this latest trend, but high intensity interval training, or HIIT, is one of the best ways to get your aerobic exercise, so I’d strongly recommend joining in gym classes to help you improve your cardiovascular and metabolic health.
Most importantly, make sure you start off slow and gradually build yourself up. Nothing happens overnight.
6. Keep it simple
Make sure you keep things simple by eliminating things that might get in the way of your exercise plan. A really useful tactic to help you succeed is by adjusting your environment in ways that push you to exercise. For example:
- Have your gym bag packed up and ready to go
- Plan on doing an early morning workout? Have your gym clothes ready in front of you when you get up
- Set reminders and alarms
- Commit to a class, which you cannot miss
7. Last but not least, make sure you enjoy it
I think we can all agree, that sometimes the thought of exercise is just too much. But finding the right type of activity will make it far more likely to be something you stick with. In a poll, only 36.8% told us they enjoyed exercise, with 34.3% saying they sometimes enjoy it and 19.9% telling us that they do not enjoy exercise at all.
Enjoying the type of exercise you do is a big contributing factor to staying on track and achieving your goals.
Before starting any exercise program, always be sure to check with a doctor or health professional to ensure there is no reason you shouldn’t be exercising.
Do you find time to exercise? What are your biggest challenges? Let us know in the comments.