Getting fit isn’t easy and no one ever said it was. If you’re struggling to stick to working out on a regular basis and find that you spend more time trying to convince yourself to do it than you do actually doing it then perhaps you need a little help along the way…
Take advantage of technology
We are constantly evolving as a race and a huge part of that is from the use of technology. We’ve become completely obsessed with it, so much so that we can’t even get to sleep without being glued to our phones first.
If you’re like the majority of us who can’t get off their smartphones then why not put your obsession to good use. Instead of playing candy crush all the time, use these health apps to make an improvement to your fitness journey.
There’s an app out there for everything and it will make all the difference where your health is concerned. You can track your steps, work out your daily calorie intake, measure your heart rate and even how well you sleep. The possibilities really are endless.
Think about the money
One way to motivate yourself is to think of all the money you’ll be losing if you don’t get yourself to the gym or to the class you’ve paid for in advance. Get yourself a personal trainer and that way you’ll be less likely to sit in front of the TV for hours. Mostly because you won’t want to be wasting your money (they aren’t cheap) but also because you’ll want to avoid a grilling from them for not turning up. No one wants to have their time wasted and personal trainers are especially protective of their time.
Invest in some home workout equipment
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This is a great idea for those rainy days. Getting to the gym or going for a run when it’s pouring it down is just the excuse you need to “stay in” instead. And that’s fine – as long as you don’t use it as an excuse to skip exercising.
If you don’t have the money to buy an exercise bike or to create a mini gym in your spare room, don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to work out with limited equipment too. Get an exercise mat and some weights to start. Then add a skipping rope, an exercise ball and some resistance bands – you’ll be all set to get a sweat on even when the weather isn’t very accommodating. You know what they say – if you can’t get to the party then make the party come to you.
Drag yourself out of bed
If you struggle sticking to getting yourself to the gym after a long day at work then make sure you go to the gym before you start your working day. You’ll feel fresh as a daisy when you first rise and it will actually be great for your energy levels once you’re over the initial shock of being up an hour earlier than usual.
Find a way of working out that you become addicted to
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Exercise really can be fun if you find the right way to do it. If going for a run is more like torture than enjoyment for you then don’t worry – there are endless choices out there for you.
Exercise has come a long way since slogging it at the gym and you can actually find fun ways of exercising. Here are some weird alternatives for you:
- Horseback riding
- Ice skating
- Laser tag
- Rock climbing
See what I’m getting at here? Point is, you don’t have to resign yourself to breaking a sweat in the gym if that’s not what you want to be doing. Gyms were made to be convenient and they are the ideal place to workout for lots of people, but we’re all different and we all enjoy doing things a little differently.
Obviously some forms of exercise are more effective than others but you can get some advice by doing a little research. Try looking at http://topworkoutprograms.com/workout-reviews/tone-it-up-review.
Track your progress
Tracking your progress is a great way to stay committed to getting fit. If you can see the positive results then you’ll want to carry on and you’ll look forward to seeing how your body changes.
But change takes time and it will take you a while before you can notice much of a difference. So in the meantime, get yourself a calendar and whenever you don’t work out, mark that day with a huge red cross. Hang it somewhere you see every day and you’ll soon start wincing when you realised there’s way too many red crosses on there than there should be.
Get a reward system going
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We work well as humans when we know there’s a reward waiting at the end of the process. If you know you have something to look forward to after working out then you’re far more likely to get it over and done with.
And that doesn’t mean you have to reward yourself with food either. You can promise yourself a spa treatment or allow yourself to buy those shoes you’ve been dying to purchase for weeks. Or, you could go and grab that dress that you couldn’t quite fit into and use it as the excuse you need to shed that extra bit of unwanted weight.
If you’re into fashion then get some awesome gym gear
We always tend to think about what we’re wearing to work, what we’re wearing for dinner, what we’re wearing to have cocktails with our friends, yet gym gear is usually at the bottom of the pile.
If you think about it, you’re at the gym or working out for a substantial part of your life and so you should dress for the occasion. There’s some amazing gym attire out there that’s super fashionable and you’ll enjoy your walk there far more if you don’t feel like you look a complete mess. Work it whilst you work out!