Clocking regular sweat sessions might not be easy, but we’ve got our experts’ best tips for fighting that inertia. No more excuses for not exercising!
Tips on how to get motivated to exercise. (Photo: Milan Markovic / www.123rf.com)
“I just don’t see the point of training.”
A lack of motivation is often a huge mental block. The fact is, you probably know the benefits of exercise – but getting started can seem daunting. And, without proper progress tracking, it’s easy to get disillusioned. Our advice: Take that first step and celebrate your milestones, no matter how small!
Solution #1 Join a fitness event
Try signing up for a run or walkathon, for starters! Joining a race is a great source of motivation as it provides a specific goal to work towards, says Pauline Won, training and development manager at Amore Fitness. For some, just going out there and doing something can be an achievement. Becoming involved in charity fitness events is another great win-win alternative as you get an added incentive of benefitting others when you get active, suggests the Yale Medical Group in the US.
Solution #2 Keep records
Start a workout diary to keep you going! Research shows that people who monitor their exercise and eating habits reap more weight loss success. Using an app works too: A study published in the journal Obesity found that people who recorded their activity and diet electronically lost more weight than those using traditional notebooks. “Keeping track of your workouts promotes awareness and a sense of ownership,” says Pauline. Whether it’s a gradual increase in reps or an improved sense of well-being (feeling less breathless after running 2km), small improvements can be empowering.
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