When it comes to health and fitness, we all know that we should be exercising on a regular basis. This isn’t just so that we can fit into our favourite pair of jeans, but also for our health. Many of us make the mistake of linking exercise exclusively to weight when your weight is not the only reason to exercise. Even if you are a healthy weight, you fit into your desired size of jeans and eat healthily, you should still be exercising.
Aside from keeping your weight down, the main reason to exercise is for your general health. People who exercise on a regular basis have healthier hearts, are less prone to diabetes, are less likely to suffer a stroke – the list could go on and on. As well as physical health benefits, exercise is also important for your mental health. Did you know that people who don’t regularly exercise are more prone to depression, insomnia and many other mental illnesses?
When it comes to exercise, for many people, the problem is a lack of motivation. It can be hard sticking to your exercise regime day after day, but it’s crucial that you do. To help you ensure that you stick to your exercise regime, have a read of my handy tips, below:
1. Join a Gym
I find that if I am paying for something, such as a gym membership, I am more motivated to exercise. If you want to ensure that you stick to your exercise regime, join a gym for a set period. That way you will be more motivated to exercise as you won’t want to waste your money by not using the gym when you are paying for it.
2. Make Exercise a Part of Your Life
Don’t try to fit exercise around your life, make your life fit around exercise. Just like you make the time to brush your teeth each morning and put on your makeup, you need to do the same when it comes to exercise. At the start of each week, look at your diary and pencil in your exercise. It can be hard making time for exercise, but if you do it in advance, you don’t have any excuse not to exercise as you have already made the time for it.
3. Focus On The Why
Don’t make the mistake of telling yourself that you will exercise tomorrow, instead of today. Aim to be your biggest motivator, whenever you don’t feel like exercising, remind yourself why you should exercise as planned. Whether you want to keep your body healthy, lose a few extra pounds, or prevent the onset of diabetes, use your reason for exercise for motivation. If you have a reason for exercising, such as being healthier as you age, focus on it, and it will help to motivate you.
4. Learn to Exercise Anywhere
Whether you spend 60 hours a week at the office or are a stay at home mum, learn how to exercise anywhere. Believe it or not, you don’t to be in a gym to exercise, you can exercise just about anywhere. Instead of walking up the stairs, run up them. Instead of driving to the store, walk or cycle there. While you kids are playing, practice pilates or yoga, or get them involved and build an assault course in the garden. You can exercise just about anywhere, so don’t let where you are stop you from exercising. It can be hard sticking to an exercise regime, but if you follow the tips above, you can make it much easier for yourself. The key is to have a reason for exercising and to focus on it whenever you are feeling unmotivated.