How Not To Give Up On Exercise

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Yesterday I blogged about What Makes Us Give Up On Exercise. We like our comforts and we need to plan around our natural preference to sit on the sofa and eat cake! Here are a few tips to help you side-step the things that make you quit:

  • Taking on too much. Be honest with yourself about how many times a week you can (and will) exercise. If you can only exercise twice a week, then only plan for that. Don’t give yourself a reason to get immediately demotivated.
  • Lack of time. Plan your exercise in advance. What am I doing next week and when can I realistically fit in an exercise session? Once you’ve figured that out, schedule it into your diary…and stick to it.
  • Too much like hard work. Even though I’m a personal trainer, I sometimes struggle with getting on and doing a workout. So be kind to yourself and remember just one thing – you never regret exercising, but you DO regret avoiding it.
  • Not getting the results you want. If you’re not getting the results you want, you’re probably not exercising efficiently or effectively. By changing what you do (e.g. the speed, intensity or weight used in an exercise), your body will be shocked into adapting and changing. You could always ask a friendly personal trainer to help you out!
  • Boredom. Find exercises that you enjoy. Make a list of what you don’t like doing and abandon those exercises. Then think about what you do like. Being outdoors? Social things? Classes, yoga, badminton, exercising alone..? And make your exercise as varied as possible to alleviate the boredom.
  • Lack of motivation. Tell people what you’re doing and that you’d really love some help motivating yourself. Or get a friend or relative to start exercising with you. Get your own cheering squad. People do care!
  • Slipping back into old habits. If you make a dent in those chocolate covered hobnobs then, in the words of Taylor Swift, shake it off. Don’t beat yourself up about it or abandon all the good work you’ve done so far. Give yourself a break now and then. Tomorrow is a new day and you can eat better and exercise better then.

What else can you think of that would help you keep going with your exercise regime?

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