22nd November 2021
“I’ll start Monday.”
How many times have you heard that phrase – or said it yourself? Many of us have a desire to get fit and get healthy but for most, the first step is always the hardest.
It’s so easy to hold off until Monday, or next week, or next month and convince yourself that you’ll commit when the time comes, only to push the start date back again.
And for those who have already signed up, it’s all too tempting to skip that pre work workout and opt for an extra hour in bed – after all, dark, cold mornings this time of year is the perfect excuse!
So how do you find the motivation to take the first step on your fitness journey, and stay committed?
Here are our top tips for those who struggle to get started:
1. MAKE A PLEDGE
Whether you want to lose weight, improve your mental health, or simply get more active, it all starts with you. Start by simply making a pledge, like signing an invisible contract to put your health and wellbeing at the top of your priority list.
Even better, write your pledge down, sign it and stick it somewhere you’ll regularly see it, such as your fridge door or bathroom mirror.
One of the best ways to stay committed is to hold yourself accountable.
2. START WITH SOMETHING YOU ENJOY
You are more likely to stay committed during the early stages of your fitness journey if you’re devoting your time to something you enjoy. Swimming, weightlifting, fitness classes, walking – find an activity or exercise that excites you and leaves you looking forward to your next session.
And remember, one size does not always fit all! There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to exercise but do ask a member of our friendly team for some advice if you’re not sure where to start.
3. MAKE IT SOCIABLE
The thought of a solo gym session can be daunting, but don’t let that put you off reaching your goals. The gym can be a great place to get to know new people, especially at one of our group exercise classes.
Still not convinced? Why not buddy up with a friend? It’s a great way to keep each other motivated, and you’ll never be tempted to skip a planned session as you won’t want to let them down.
4. SET SMALL, ACHIEVABLE GOALS
All too often, people complain or give up when they don’t see results quick enough – which is why it’s so important to set small achievable goals.
From eating healthier breakfasts in the morning to increasing your step count throughout the day, small changes often lead the way for bigger results in the long run.
Some of our favourite tips include:
- No snacking while watching TV in the evening
- Increasing your average daily step count by 2,000
- Logging everything you eat in a day – and then making positive changes tomorrow
Keep in mind it’s not always what’s reflected in the mirror or on the scales that’s important, so long as you’re reaching your current goals.
And don’t forget to celebrate each milestone, it’ll motivate you to work even harder to reach the next.
5. CHECK IN PROGRESS
Measuring your progress is not only a great way to stay motivated but it can also help you identify what’s working and what isn’t.
If one of your goals is to walk every lunchtime but you are too busy at work, change it to a morning or evening walk. Equally, if you are consistently achieving one of your goals then add a new one to progress on your pathway to success.
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