In keeping with our 10th Anniversary theme, here are our top 10 tips to keep you motivated to exercise:
1. Join Charity Events
Join a long charity walk or mini-marathon! Look out for these types of events around your area. If you sign up, you are more likely to put in the training. Participate.
2. Turn off the phone
There’s nothing that disrupts our lives more consistently and insistently than the telephone. Don’t let your phone interfere with your workout! Turn off your home phone. Leave your mobile phone on silent if you go out for a walk. This is your time!
3. Persistence is more important than hard work
Consider doing just 30 minutes of exercise a day. This will feel more realistic especially if you are a busy person. Just exercising for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, adds up to 2.5 hours of exercise per week! Not bad for a busy person. Consistency is key. Focus and consistency will bring you a long way.
4. Coping with rainy days
Check out your local community or leisure centre for winter classes and activities, know what is available. Try something new.
5. Get wet
Swimming is a great activity at all times of the year. You might not be setting Olympic records but it will still help you towards your daily amount of exercise. Relax in the sauna or steam room afterwards as a reward.
6. Invest in rain gear
There is nothing like walking in the rain. Ensure you have adequate protection from the elements, proper reflective gear and a light if necessary for the long evenings ahead. Be prepared.
7. Make the most of windy weather
Just because the sun has gone it doesn't mean you can't go to the beach. Wrap up well and try an activity like flying a kite with your children, jogging along the beach front, going for a brisk walk in the sea air.
8. Go exploring
Buy a local map and go for family cycles or walks every weekend. Make it more interesting by choosing somewhere new to explore every time.
9. Remind yourself
Help yourself not to forget - set a reminder on your phone or leave your exercise shoes by the door. Arrange to meet a friend for a walk instead of a coffee on a regular basis.
10. Make it sociable
Meet up with friends for your exercise or join a class or a club. Set it up so that you have someone to encourage you to exercise especially when you least feel like it.