For those of you finding it hard to get motivated to start exercises, there are 3 steps you can take to get you started on the right path.
- What are your Goals?
This might be easy enough, but just stating goals without an understanding of the reason behind them will lead to a very short commitment.
Let’s start with weight loss as a goal example, try using the SMART principles.
Specific – I will lose weight
Measurable – 50kg
Achievable – can I actually do with will everything else going on in my life?
Realistic – well if I weigh 60kg, 50kg may not be realistic, lets say 5kg to start
Time bound – before my birthday in December.
Now that I have my goal set out, why do I actually want to lose the weight?
Evidence shows that people who take the time to ask “why?” when setting out goals are more likely to stick to them.
Do you want to lose weight because you’re GP said you needed to? Is it because your daughter’s wedding is coming up and you want to fit into that dress? Could it be because you saw your father suffer from a heart attack and don’t want to put your kids through it?
Asking yourself why and writing it down next to your goal is one of the best things you can do to set off in the right direction.
- Make a plan
It’s all well and good to have goals and know the reason behind it, but without a plan how are you going to achieve that very important goal? When starting off with your plan be realistic, don’t try to go from 0% to 100% overnight. Make sure to start slow and build up slowly.
- Enjoy it!
If you ask me to ride my bike for 10km or run 10km, I will always pick the run as I just don’t enjoy riding my bike. If you don’t like what you’re doing you are much less likely to continue doing it. Find exercise that you enjoy, it can be walking the dog or with a friend, going to the gym or even playing paintball on the weekends. If you can find that fun activity you are much more likely to continue with it.