While it is generally agreed that exercising is great for both your body and mind, what is less talked about is how difficult it can be to commit to it. Unfortunately, exercise is not something that can be crammed in once a year so that it will have effective results – in stead, what is best is a commitment throughout the year. The latter, however, is easier said than done, and while it can be heard to find motivation, we’ve whipped up a few things that you can to do stay on track and motivated when you think you should be exercising.
Do it with a friend
When you combine your exercise without your social life, you are basically creating a commitment to exercising. If you sign up to a gym with a friend, arrange to go at the same time so that you feel an even greater obligation to go to the gym than any other time. It’s also good to have a friend around to ensure that your technique is on point, or else you may risk an injury.
Keep track of your progress
Getting sick of looking the exact same after three months of hard work and dieting? You may need to keep track of your progress. Keep a logbook of all the exercises that you do, as well as the weights that you are lifting, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how this increases over time. Another way of keeping track of your progress is by taking photos of yourself on a regular basis. In this way, you can see your own transformation take place before your very eyes. By keeping tabs on your progress, you create motivation for yourself by seeing the results yourself.
If you’re the type who likes to organise everything, then you can create a timetable where you go to the gym regularly. Don’t aim for three days a week – instead, go for specific days at specific times. These are your hours for exercise. They are unavoidable. Create this mindset and you won’t need motivation – just stick to the schedule.
Get a personal trainer
Getting a personal trainer is one of the greatest investments that you will make. They’ll help you through that last difficult rep, as well as be there to advise you on your progress and form. They’ll change up your routine when you’re bored of it, and help you achieve your fitness goals. Basically, when it comes to physical and mental strength, they’ve got you covered, and that is a great thing, because it works. When you’re under the supervision of someone else, the last thing you want to do is disappoint them, so motivation will be no problem at all, so long as you turn up to be grilled.
Talk to people about it
When you talk to people about exercise, you’ll be surprised at how much they know. At times, you’ll find that their results are astonishing, and that you’ll feel a sudden burst of motivation to do the same thing as them. If you can find people who exercise as well, make sure that you talk to them – it will benefit both of you in ways you never thought possible.
Joe Bedet is a fitness freak who still has a personal trainer. He has a love/hate relationship with her, questioning her motives but not her qualifications, the latter being from www.fitnessnetwork.com.au’s tough personal training courses.