Recently, I’ve been struck with the dreaded ‘can’t be bothereds’. Lately I can’t be bothered putting my all into any sort of exercise program. I’ve still been going through the motions and turning up, but haven’t really been giving 100%. I put this down to injuries and cold weather, during the long winter that we’ve had this year. Thankfully we are now into spring, and it’s time to toughen up and get back to my usual enthusiastiasm and consistency.
Bearing this in mind, I’ve been looking back over the blog and found the post below that was written in 2015, and have updated it to fit in with what is happening today.
My ten top tips
Here are a few snippets of my advice to help you be more consistent with your fitness routine or exercise program:
- Exercise early in the morning. Set the alarm for an hour earlier, and get it done, before the day begins. This is the time of the day that ‘life’ and excuses don’t usually get in the way of you doing what you want.
- Make sure you choose a fitness activity that you enjoy. Don’t enjoy running? Don’t do it. There are plenty of other activities to choose. It may sound basic, but it’s true – if you don’t enjoy doing it then you won’t do it for long.
- Enter an event such as a fun run. There’s nothing like the fear of a looming event to get you out there exercising and not skipping training sessions.
- Every session doesn’t have to be a killer workout. It’s ok to have the occasional workout that is less intense. My suggestion is to choose one day each week for a recovery activity such as yoga, pilates or body balance. This session could also be a quiet non-strenuous walk with the dog.
- There will be days when you just will not feel like training. When this happens, give yourself permission to do a short session and then leave – maybe 15 mins. Most times, you will find that once you get started, you will keep going long past that 15 minute mark.
- If early morning doesn’t work for you, then choose a time of the day that suits you, and try to set your routine around it, so that you are able to exercise at that time every day.
- Set some realistic goals for yourself, so you have something to strive for and a reason for making time to exercise. I set my goals in 12 week blocks. I don’t always achieve all of them, but they are a huge incentive for me to keep going, when my body or head is screaming for me to stay in bed.
- Do you have a friend who could be your exercise buddy? This is a huge motivator for some people. You wouldn’t want to let your friend down by not turning up. Also you and your friend can do your workout together and support each other in reaching your goals.
- If weight loss is one of your goals, do you have an outfit that you dream of fitting into one day? Hang it where you can see it regularly or put a photo of it in a prominent place. This can be a huge incentive to lose those kilos.
- Purchase a Heart Rate Monitor or Sports Watch. You can then track your times and the total calories you burn in an exercise session. I find this a very motivating tool. Challenging myself and aiming to improve on my stats puts a level of fun into exercise
My favourite tip
For me, the most important of the above tips is to exercise early in the day, before ‘life’ starts to get in the way. When I’m on track and sticking to my program, my alarm is set for 5.30am or 6am at the latest. Even when I’m being a bit slack, as I have lately, I’m usually in the gym by 7.30am. It takes serious dedication to climb out of bed at this time, but it’s such a great feeling, to have the exercise done before the day begins.
The reaction this gets from friends always astounds me. Non-exercisers just don’t get it. Why would someone get out of bed so early to exercise? Of course they decide on the spot that I must be a raving lunatic. Perhaps I am, but I know that my feeling of well being is hugely enhanced when I start early in the gym. Otherwise, I would quite easily lay in bed for another hour or two.
These are the tips that help me to stick to my exercise program. Most of these tips, I’ve used for many years but have developed them and become much more consistent with them since becoming involved with Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation in 2010.
What is your top tip for sticking with an exercise program? I’d love to hear your tips and promise to reply to all comments