Updated: Mar 26
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Exercise should not be limited to those 10 extra pounds or training for a 10 kilometre run for charity. Movement should be incorporated as routinely as you eat, sleep, and take a morning shower for it to be successful.
As we know, prioritising daily activity can be difficult. You can use the following information to stay motivated when your motivation begins to wane. Remember, your efforts will be worth it when you see and feel the long-term results.
For many of us, it is easy to start an exercise program, the challenge is keeping it up!
Here are 7 tricks for long term fitness success:
1. Exercise should be treated as a regular appointment.
Schedule your exercise session into your day the same way you do other appointments. Commit to it in the same way as you do when you book an appointment with another person or professional.
2. Choose a day and time for exercising.
Choose a time that suits you. Find the time of day that you can commit to and that works well for your body.
Prepare for your exercise session the night before. This eliminates an obstacle to your movement when you wake up in the morning.
3. Incorporate more movement into your day
During busy days, try to incorporate frequent moments of exercise. Taking the stairs rather than the lift, parking further from the entrance to your destination or walking while you talk on the phone are all ways to integrate movement into your day.
Tracking your steps can be a great source of motivation to increase your step count each day. Challenge yourself to take a minimum of 8,000 steps each day.
4. Recruit your friends
Social support improves exercise enjoyment and makes it safer. Arranging time with friends around activity and movement, such as walking, playing on a sports team, exercise classes, or nights out dancing, can be a great way to enjoy time together.
5. Set goals.
Goals can provide a target for your fitness. Working toward a goal can be motivating and can inspire you to move on the days when you may be lacking enthusiasm.
If you are unsure where to begin, a coach can help set goals that are suitable for your level of fitness.
Download Hutton Health's free Goal Setting Workbook!
6. Make exercising enjoyable.
The best exercise is one that you enjoy the most. Find methods of movement that make you feel good both mentally and physically. Make a list of different activities that suit your lifestyle, budget, time constraints, and physical condition.
7. Reward your efforts.
Even meeting short-term exercise goals is a cause for celebration. You've demonstrated your willingness to improve your health. Recognise yourself for your efforts. Whatever your reward, make sure it is something enjoyable and meaningful.
Most people cannot change overnight from being sedentary to an exercise enthusiast. Unrealistic expectations will only lead to disappointment and failures, so rather than trying to do everything at once, consider your fitness and health a lifelong journey.