Share your intentions with someone who can hold you accountable. Book a consultation with a personal trainer at your gym. Talk to someone qualified that can give you professional advice and guidance.
Scout out a new gym
New gym, new start, right? Check out the gyms in your area and enjoy a change of scenery! Get a feel for the community and see what they have to offer.
Set yourself a goal
Start with small goals and work up to bigger ones. Make sure your goals realistic and achievable – you’ll only get frustrated and give up if they’re too ambitious. “Getting in shape” is too vague. “I’ll go for a 30 min morning run before work on Monday, Wednesday, Friday” is the type of thing you should be aiming for.
Schedule your workouts in like you would meetings at work
Make your health a priority. Until you place high value on your health and the benefits of a physically active lifestyle, your efforts will most likely fall short.
Keep an exercise diary
Record what you do during each training session and the weights you lift/distance you’ve run. Tracking your workouts will help you work positively toward your goals, and remind you that you are making progress, even when you think you’re not.
Find a workout buddy
If you need an extra push then why not drag a friend long with you? You’re less likely to head home for a night on the sofa if you know you’re leaving your workout partner in the lurch!
After each session, I like to just take a few minutes to savor the good feelings that exercise gives me. I always feel so refreshed and empowered after my sessions. Comparing how you feel mentally, before and after exercise is an important internal reward that will hopefully help you make a long-term commitment to exercise.
Create a gym playlist
Download your favourite songs and make a bangin’ playlist! A good workout playlist can keep you motivated and working harder for longer. When it’s heavy squats I know exactly what to listen to, to get me through that those last grueling reps!
Mix up your workouts
Variety is key to keeping exercise fun and engaging. If you’re doing the same thing, day in, day out – you’re going to get bored and most likely fall off the bandwagon! Try a new class, take your cardio outside, or round up some friends for a group session? An open mind and sense of adventure can keep you motivated and looking forward to your next workout.
Spruce up your gym wardrobe
Buying new gym kit gets me so excited to workout! Scruffy tees and your old grey tracksuit bottoms aren’t going to inspire you to get fit. The way you feel in what you’re wearing during your workout is incredibly important, so maybe it’s time to update your gym wardrobe and let yourself feel good about you at the same time.
Join a team sport
Forming a netball team was one of the best things I ever did. I love being around like-minded people who have now become some of my best friends. Join a gym class, find out if your local sports team are recruiting – just get involved with awesome people like you that just want to get fit and have fun doing so!
Let me know how you get on!