September 25, 2015( Comments: 0 )

How to Make Exercise a Regular Habit

Starting an exercise program is really pretty easy, it’s the sticking to it thats the hard part!

We often start off with a roar but as time goes on, life takes over, we lose motivation and put exercise on the back burner. Then after we don’t see the results we were after – we quit….it’s a vicious cycle!

But there are a lot of people who do stick to their training routine…People who catch that “exercise bug”….. How do these people stay so dedicated? How can we develop the same dedication and stay motivated…?

1.      Do a variety of exercise that you enjoy!

Doing the same thing over and over again not only gets boring, it really isn’t the best way to get results either! Try different things – weight training, running, cycling, group classes, bootcamp. A mixture is a great way to make sure you never get bored or plateau with your training.

 2.      Use a Personal Trainer!

Not having to worry about what you will be doing on the day can be really convenient. You will also be more likely to go if someone else is relying on you to be there! There is also the added bonus of having someone there to push you and ensure you get the most out of your sessions.

 3.      Make it a non-negotiable!

The only thing REALLY stopping you from doing any exercise is excuses… Yes there are days that are jam packed, but a realistic goal of exercising 3-4 times per week is 100% achievable! I’m tired, I’m sore, I don’t have time…. They’re all just excuses.

Put your exercise into your diary and do not book anything over the top of it – your health should always be your priority!

 4.      Exercise when you’re tired!

It will energise you! When you get the “I can’t be bothered feeling” – challenge yourself to go and do some exercise and experience how much it can pick you up!

 5.      Log your activities!

Keep a log of your training and write down how far you ran or how many reps you managed to do. Looking back at how far you’ve come can be a great motivator to keep going.

 6.      Be aware of progress indicators!

Seeing muscle tone or weight go down is always a great experience and an indicator of your progress but there is so much more than just weight or tone to let you know that you are progressing with your training . Better sleep, more energy, realizing that your muscles don’t scream at you the next day after helping a friend move their furniture! Remember inner health is a huge benefit of exercise, as well as being confident with your body!

7.      Use a Stepometer!  

Have a stepometer and count your steps on a daily basis! Set yourself a goal at the start of the day and ensure you achieve it before winding down…

Living here on the Northern Beaches it’s not too hard to get up out of bed and go for a walk down on our lovely beaches so start your day the right way and enjoy the benefits!

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