Just about everyone wishes they were more fit and active than they are. However, most folks set new year’s intentions and are done three weeks later. If fitness is something that you are not having much success with, you need to change things up. Read the following paragraphs for some ideas you can use to get yourself going.
Look at your exercise routine and think about how fun it is. Alternatively, you might have to think back to your last exercise routine. How fun was it? If there was nothing about it that you enjoyed, toss it all out and try things you think might be fun. Even if there are elements you enjoy but others you do not, drop the boring stuff for more of the fun. The boring parts might technically be better exercise, but no exercise is useful if you do not do it. Fun activities keep you coming back for more.
Make sure to overhaul your exercise routine regularly. This can be done monthly, but has to be done at least seasonally. Summer heat might drive you to indoors sessions. The long nights of winter can mean early morning workouts at dawn. At the very least, come up with a new playlist every few weeks. Keep it fresh.
Exercise with someone. A friend is best, as working out with a family member can sometimes be stressful if the exercise just opens the door to unresolved or old feelings. Having a workout buddy makes things social. If you can carry on a conversation, but have difficulty doing it, then you are exercising at just the right pace.
Make sure you have a crystal clear image in mind as to why you want to exercise. Refresh your mind with that image constantly. Maybe even find images of it and make a collage for your bedroom wall, a vision board. There will be mornings you just do not feel like getting out of bed and working out. Remind yourself why you are doing this.
In addition to remembering your inspiration, also keep in mind that change is not instantaneous. You might not start losing weight right away. As a matter of fact, you might even gain a few pounds if your muscles grow a little from new use. Keep the long view in mind.
Take rest days. If you exercise every single day, you will burn out. Give your body a chance to catch up once in a while. Your renewed vigor after your first workout will convince you how rest can speed things up sometimes.
Most people want to exercise. They also want exercise that is fun, and not a bore. When you remove the tediousness from your exercise regimen, you make it so much easier to get moving and keep moving. When you are having a blast, you do not think of it as exercise, but instead as something that you look forward to as a break from the rest of your day. Keep the ideas in this article in mind and you can keep moving.