When you start out with an exercise plan, you’re often highly motivated to start training but after a week or two, you may find you’re making excuses to avoid starting the session.
With these simple tips, you’ll stay on course and more likely achieve your goals.
- Depending on the exercise, you could read a book or listen to an mp3 player with your favourite songs or an audio book
- Focus on the outcome of your training (and the diet), for instance, to fit into that new dress you bought or to lose a few pounds for the beach holiday
- Set a goal to achieve whether it’s to improve your overall time for swimming lengths of your local pool or to run a marathon
- Play a sport and train to become better at that sport; fitness will be a by-product of your training
- Train with a friend either to motivate and push each other or to compete against, depending on what works best for you
- Put aside time in your busy schedule for “me time” – even if you have responsibilities to look after someone, it is important to spend time on yourself and that helps to rejuvenate
- Finally, change the routine every few weeks to keep things interesting, for instance, if you’re bored of jogging, add a few bursts of speed into the mix or go to your local swimming pool and swim a few laps instead; the change also keeps your body guessing which some say is good for helping to push your fitness levels and burn fat.