We understand the importance of keeping our bodies fit and healthy, but for many of us it can be difficult to do something about it. That is why today we want to share with you 3 steps to motivating yourself to get fit.
Make a plan
In order to stick with your new fitness routine, it is worth making a plan up front.
Your plan should include what you want to do, any goals that you will set for yourself, how you will do it and what needs to change in order for you to achieve it. This last point is particularly crucial to help you to keep at this. You want to aim to remove any potential obstacles at the outset, before they crop up and throw you off your course.
Choose to do something that you enjoy
If the thought of needing to get fit fills you with dread, you are not alone. Many of us hate the idea of hitting the gym or having to go running, but that is where we are going wrong with this. The key to motivating ourselves to getting fit is in choosing the right way for us to get fit.
You need to find a way to get fit that you actually enjoy. For some, that might well be the gym, but what about those of us who struggle to stick with heading out to the gym?
There are hundreds of possibilities that are going to be easy for you to try. These days you can find exercise online so you can opt for free classes that way. You could go for pilates, yoga, zumba or kickboxing at the push of a button. If you would prefer to get out and about, maybe hiking, cycling, swimming or dog walking will tick the box for you? You could find a local sports group and join in with their clubs and leagues or you could take up dance classes.
Have a think about what you have always wanted to try or activities that you have enjoyed in the past and give those a go.
Show a level of commitment
When you ‘commit’ to doing something you are putting it out there that you are planning to give this a go. You are already part of the way there just by committing to it, but just how can you do that?
You might agree to go along to a fitness class with a friend, committing to them that you will be there. None of us likes to let friends down so this is actually one of the most powerful commitments you can make.
We also do not like wasting money, so some form of financial commitment can also spur you on. For example, you might like to get a few yoga tools, such as a mat and a yoga block, ready to begin your yoga journey. Or you might pay for a block of classes, for gym membership or for some new running trainers.
Another way that you can demonstrate your commitment is by signing up for something as a long term goal. You might want to take up running, and so sign up for a local fun run in a few months time to motivate you to get out there and build up to it.