Motivation to Exercise!

motivation to exerciseIt’s now the middle of January and I can bet that one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to exercise more, for whatever the reasons; health, fitness, weight loss etc. Let me guess so far you haven’t because the motivation just isn’t there. Are you having trouble exercising regularly outside of your PT sessions? Here are some tips to get motivated!

Know the benefits of exercise. We are more motivated to do things that we’ll benefit from. The more we benefit, the more motivated we are.
Create your personal “reasons list.” Jot down EVERY reason you can think of that you want to get healthy/get fit/lose weight through consistent exercise. Inform your trainer of these so when they are pushing you to do that final hill sprint they can bring in these reasons to motivate you
Exercise with a friend. Statistics tell us that people who exercise with a friend are more successful at exercising consistently. You can keep each other accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to exercise with them can be great motivation to show up and get it done! Even get a friend to join in on your PT sessions for a bit more fun.
Exercise first thing in the morning, every morning. In between your PT sessions it’s important to keep exercising, our bodies were made to be active on a daily basis, and when we are, all sorts of wonderful things happen. We even get healthy and fit! Get out there and take a 30-minute walk.
Train for a local 5 km or 10 km walk or run in your area. This can be great motivation to exercise on a regular basis. Melbourne always has events happening and they always turn out to be a fun day. Also don’t let the thought of 10 km scare you, if you train regularly and are determined you can make this distance!
Keep records. Write down your exercise time (minutes) each day. Keep a running total for the month and year. Calculate your average exercise time per day. This will help your trainer periodise a program for you (this will help avoid injuries).

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