Learning to love exercise

October 7, 2021

Is your fear or dislike of exercise preventing you from reaching your fitness goals? You’re not alone. There are activities out therefor everyone, you just need to give them a try! Who knows, you might just enjoy your new fitness routine. But first, where to start…

1.    Develop a routine

Having structure really helps you to stay consistent with any fitness routine, so make a plan and stick to it. A good way to do this is to choose certain days of the week where you know you can commit to a workout, then develop a workout routine that is tailored to your goals, when you create a routine that works for you it will be more enjoyable!

2.    Have a workout buddy

Working out with a friend is a great way to make fitness more fun. Not only will some competition spur you on, but if working out is also a social occasion it will seem less of a chore. Just make sure you are getting the best out of each other and not slacking!

3.    Try different things

Choosing exercise you enjoy is the best way to stick to a workout plan. All exercise is valid and finding ways that feel good for you is essential to keep you motivated. When starting out, try new things and find what you enjoy then build your workout routine around these activities.

4.    Work on your mindset

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore; it should be enjoyable. If you’re new to fitness, it can be daunting so give yourself time to acclimatise – everyone was a beginner once. Don’t compare your fitness journey to anyone else’s and be sure to celebrate the progress you make on the way to your final goal. Focusing on the benefits that exercise can provide rather than seeing it as hard work is a great way to get into the right frame of mind.

5.    Set realistic expectations

If you’re new to working out, setting unrealistic goals is a sure-fire way to lose motivation quick. Too much pressure will ultimately lead to disappointment which is not enjoyable for anyone. Ease yourself into your fitness routine and take it one step at a time, setting manageable expectations then working your way up to more ambitious ones.