How do some people manage to stick with exercise? All too often, we try a new exercise class or sport, only to give up on it a few months later. We all know exercise is good for us and that we should be doing it, but what makes people stick with it when, on the whole, it’s hard work?
- Enjoyment – Most people do a particular sport or exercise simply because they enjoy doing it. Whether it’s rollerblading along Eastbourne seafront, playing football, having a round of golf or just loving the gym, finding an activity you enjoy is the most effective way to ensure you’ll stick with it.
- Appearance – Our appearance is a very powerful incentive when it comes to exercise. As people start to lose fat and see the physical benefits of exercise, they are more likely to adhere to it rather than giving up.
- Feeling good – Simply put, exercise makes you feel good. It reduces stress and anxiety and even depression. Exercise energises you and increases feelings of wellbeing and self-esteem. What better reason is there to stick with an exercise regime?
- Socialising – Clubs, classes, gyms, spas, pools…there are a thousand ways to get out there and meet people while getting fit. Some people prefer exercising alone but a great many love the social interaction of exercising with old friends and making new ones at the same time.
- Health – The headlines this week told of a 60% increase in diagnoses of type 2 diabetes in the last 10 years. Lots of people are becoming more aware of the health risks linked to obesity and are doing something about it. Exercise hugely reduces the risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high or low blood pressure.
What would make you stick with exercise?