Desiring a better, fitter body ranks high on most people’s list of priorities. Millions of us start a new fitness plan on January 1st or when summer is around the corner. Sadly, the majority of us give it up before seeing any noticeable improvements.
Saying motivated to exercise can be difficult, especially when you’re exhausted from working long hours. However, activities don’t have to be a chore and can bring huge improvements to your life in both the short and long term.
The problem is too many people don’t give themselves the best environment to stick at it. Employ these tips and you’ll be sure to stick with your plan long enough to see lasting results.
Find An Activity You Enjoy
It’s all well and good reading about these ‘lose 50% body fat in four seconds’ quick diet schemes, but the key to leading a healthy lifestyle is finding a way to make it work for you.
Taking up a new sport or fitness hobby should be exactly that. It is something you should look forward to, rather than worrying about all day at work. If yoga appeals to you, then go for that. Likewise, if running is your thing then make running your thing.
The main reason for anyone quitting exercise is that it is no longer fun. If you genuinely enjoy the new hobby then you won’t let silly excuses get in the way.
It sounds obvious but it really is important to understand the correlation between exercise and eating. If you’ve started a new activity in order to get into shape, you really can’t afford to do one without the other.
A balanced diet will promote a whole host of improvements, including increased energy levels. Moreover, the fact you’ll start noticing results in the mirror is bound to boost your self-esteem too. Eat well and exercise regularly, they are the key to success.
Make It Comfortable
This point really can’t be stressed enough. When taking up a new activity, investing in the right equipment will go a long way to helping you stick with it.
The right shoes, socks, a sweat band, water bottle, and gym bag are all essentials. Certain sports will obviously require specific items like pads, mats, shorts, etc. Trust us, it’s worth the investment. It won’t just make you look the part, it will make you feel the part too.
And besides, if you’ve spent money on those items you’re less likely to quit.
Get An Exercise Buddy
If motivation is your main problem then finding an exercise partner may be the solution to all your problems.
Having a friend to exercise with will give you the responsibility of needing to go as you cannot afford to keep letting them down. Likewise, they can pick you up when you’re finding it tough and vice versa. For the competitive minded, it also ticks that box.
You’ll also start noticing the improvements in each other, which will continue to spur you both on. With an exercise buddy, quitting is not an option.
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