Winter is setting in and we all know this time of year as the hardest time to get motivated and exercise. Although it is much easier to sit back and relax on the couch on a rainy day, we all know the motto: Summer bodies are made in winter. So, now is the time to get the sweat pumping and there is no time to lose, let’s start burning calories and building muscle so by the time its beach weather we are ready to get right back into that swimsuit. The question Is though, how? When I have zero motivation.
Start simple! Before digging yourself in too deep and setting goals that although may be achievable are a massive ask, be realistic. Put a small simple weekly task in play and stick to it. Can be as simple as once a week I will walk around the block. Once you start achieving this, then add to your goal but remember each addition needs to be simple and attainable. Even if you know you can do more, in order to not risk your deviation from cardio to the couch, ensure each progression is simple and attainable.
Create an environment you don’t envy! Whether you are working out at home, in the park, or at the gym, this needs to be a place you can feel comfortable in. Creating the right mental attitude is crucial in all aspects of life and exercise shouldn’t be excluded. Many people have found music to be there number one motivator when it comes to getting into the zone for a workout. Treating yourself to some comfortable earphones and creating a playlist that you can’t help but groove too might be just what you need to distract yourself of daily chores and help focus on the exercise at hand.
Bribery or reward system? Same thing right! If you struggle to exercise and don’t find enjoyment from a sweaty session at the gym, you need to find a way to make exercise pay off. Bribing yourself with a treat after achieving a goal might be the way for you. It could be food or a new gadget or a new dress. Either way, find something you feel you would deserve after achieving a goal. Once again, short term goals and achievements are often easier to stay motivated to compared to long term. Therefore, make your goal worthwhile and remember your not superman or wonder woman, your reward needs to match the effort put out. Keep it simple, small goals gain small prizes and bigger goals reach bigger rewards.
Last but not least, write it down! studies have proven this to be true even in our modern technology advanced world. You will be more likely to achieve your goal, no matter what it is, if you physically pen it down. Write it on a post it note and stick it on the fridge, or the kettle or something you use every day. Make it obviously so you see your goal and it becomes a part of your life.
So now you have the idea to start putting some exercise into your life, do something about it! Set your goal, write it down and start today. Don’t wait until the start of a new week, now is the time to start. Tell your family or close friends about your new mission, make yourself accountable. If you are lacking motivation and feel you want to try this, let us know. Keep us up to date on your progress, we would love to hear what you have achieved.