Wednesday, 27 May 2015 04:49

How To Improve Your Motivation To Exercise

I often say motivation is the greatest barrier to exercise – we can adjust exercises for almost any physical condition, but lack of motivation can still override this.

 

So, how do you improve motivation…?

 

Tips to stay motivated:motivation.jpg

  1. Set yourself SMART goals:You can exercise with a partner or in a group setting.
    1. Specific: General goals such as “I want to lose weight” don’t provide enough direction. Be more specific – “I want to lose 10kg this year through a healthier diet and regular exercise” is a specific goal.
    2. Measurable: You should have specific criteria for measuring your progress towards your goal.
    3. Attainable: Your goals should be challenging yet achievable. Goals that are out of reach will never be achieved, goals that are too easy don’t push you to achieve the most benefit.
    4. Relevant: Does your goal mean something to you? If your goal is something that is important to you then you will be more likely to work towards achieving that goal.
    5. Time Framed: Set a time frame in which you want to achieve your goals and stick to this time frame, reassessing at the specified time.
  2. You can exercise with a partner or in a group setting.
  3. Choose activities and exercise that are convenient and that you enjoy.
  4. Record your exercise and activity – this helps with compliance as well as with progression within your exercise.Variety – choosing different forms of activity will help to keep you interested.
    1. Make yourself an exercise diary or chart.
    2. Get yourself a pedometer or activity tracking device eg Fitbit.
  5. Variety – choosing different forms of activity will help to keep you interested.
  6. Make yourself answerable to your EP. Regular consultation and assessment can be used to stay on track, set new goals, alter your current exercise program and reassess your fitness and health measurements.
  7. My personal favourite is to make exercise a routine.

Remember, exercise should be an integral part of your lifestyle and is not a quick fix. Success will only occur if you maintain regular exercise for the long term.