It’s difficult for all of us. I quite often have days when I’d rather not do any exercise, but on the days I do pursued myself to roll out the mat, I am always reminded that I never, ever feel worse after exercise.
Exercise has the fantastic ability to lift your mood, energize you for the day and put a smile on your face. For me at the moment, it’s all about making exercise a habit. You can make the habit easier by doing little things that prepare you to make getting into the habit, easier. Here’s what I do.
- Make sure my workout gear is ready to put on first thing in the morning. I can’t do a serious workout if I don’t look the part.
- Have my mat close to hand. It’s currently living in the kitchen, rolled up ready to grab when I need it. I see it when I go in the kitchen in a morning, so it’s there to remind me.
- Follow a video. Yes, I follow Pilates videos as well. Some days I need some inspiration.
Those little things makes it easier for me to stay committed to my workout, but here are a few other suggestions:
- Find you own space. Make sure you have enough room for your workout. There’s nothing worse than finding you can’t get your arms out fully without hitting the wall when your halfway through a workout.
- Book yourself some ‘me time’. Find yourself a regular time in the day when you have time to exercise. Remember it doesn’t have to be too long. Sometime ten minutes might be all you need. If you always do it at the same time, the rest of the family will come to expect that that’s your time to workout. Just like it would be if you were going out to a class.
- You don’t have to exercise everyday. Have a change and go for a walk instead.
- Join an online community. You’ll find other likeminded people who are looking for ways to stay active.
- Do FaceTime Workout with friends. Have a giggle, have a chat and make it fun. Each pick a couple of exercises you can contribute beforehand.
- Workout with a family member. You can help to motivate each other.
- Workout to music. Whatever you like, it really doesn’t matter, as long as it helps to keep you going. If I’m working on strength, my favourite is Queen!
I hope that’s given you a few ideas. And remember, you don’t have to exercise everyday, just a couple of times a week for 10-20 minutes is enough to keep your body moving. But, as one of my clients reminded me today, the more you do, the better you feel.