GET MORE OUT OF LIFE SIMPLY BY ADDING A LITTLE EXERCISE
MAKE IT FUN!
Start your exercise routines by doing something you enjoy.
Your exercise motivation can be to do something you enjoy like dancing, gardening or walking. Although your favourite activity may not be as strenuous as an aerobic workout, it's a place to start.
PLAN YOUR EXERCISE
Most people nowadays have a very busy lifestyle and feel
they cannot fit exercise into their day. Plan a specific time
for 40 minutes of exercise, four times per week and you will be surprised how you can fit exercise into your life.
MIX IT UP
If you get tired of doing the same thing every day, change
your routine. You don't have to walk the same route each
day, or only ever ride a bike. Try doing different activites and different environments to keep you interested. This will also help to exercise different muscle groups.
EXERCISE WITH FRIENDS
Having people to exercise with who share the same exercise interest will keep you motivated. Knowing there is someone counting on you to be there to exercise will help you fight off excuses.
SET GOALS WITH FRIENDS THAT YOU CAN FOLLOW THROUGH WITH
Choose activities you know you can do well and build up to harder, more strenuous activities as your fitness improves. If you are constantly frustrated with your workout or finding it too difficult, you are more likely to give up.
INCIDENTAL EXERCISE GETS YOU MOVING WITHOUT FEELING LIKE YOU'RE 'WORKING OUT'
Take the stairs instead of the lift, or park a little bit further away from the door at the shops; take a walk during your lunch hour, take public transport when able and walk from the stops/stations to your destination.
REWARD YOURSELF FOR THE EFFORT YOU HAVE PUT IN
Give yourself a bubble bath, rent a movie, get a massage,
or buy that item you have been longing for. Try putting away a few dollars every time you exercise and use that money to treat yourself at the end of the month. (Remember, don't treat yourself with food!)
LISTEN TO MUSIC OR E-BOOKS WHILE EXERCISING
Or position an exercise bike/treadmill in front of the television and watch your favourite show. You will be surprised how quickly the time passes. If you don't have equipment at home, most gyms have equipment with built in televisions, so you can watch any program you choose.
NEED MORE HELP?
If you feel you need more help to get and stay motivated while exercising, look into hiring a Personal Trainer to help you with your workouts. They can help you to get the most out of your workouts while having the knowledge to ensure you don't injure yourself.
DON'T GIVE UP BECAUSE YOU MISS ONE OR TWO WORKOUTS
If you miss a workout, just start again as soon as you're able. Missing a workout is not a good reason to give up.