As we are getting into early February I am mindful that this is a common time for those New Year’s resolutions to fail. So, I am looking at 7 ways to keep on track if you took up exercise as your goal for 2013.
- If you are finding it difficult to motivate yourself to exercise why not give yourself a treat when you have done a certain number of days or sessions. When you have done 16 sessions plan a night out.
- Encourage your family or friends to join you. This way you have a support team around you. When one of you feels like having a night off no doubt another will motivate you to get out.
- For every fitness session put £1 in a pot – it won’t be long before you can afford a meal out, a nice new outfit or a few beers at the pub.
- Have a photo of the ‘not so fit you’ and keep an image of the ‘fit you’ in your mind. The ‘not so fit you’ will be a reminder to what you want to leave behind.
- Tell friends & family what you hope to achieve – they can help motivate you and then when they ask you how it is going you won’t want to say you have given it all up.
- Keep a diary. Note what you are going to do and tick it off when you have done it. Look back on the last week and see how much you have already achieved.
- Most people when taking on something new will lapse at some time. The challenge is to get back on track. If the recent snow has meant you have missed your exercise don’t simply knock it all on the head. Accept it as part of the journey.