Exercise through the winter blues away

How to keep motivated when the couch is more appealing than the gym

Motivation. It is without a doubt the most commonly reported reason as to why Aussies don’t exercise. People are motivated by different things, and some of us struggle more so than others. Some have an internal drive, and others often need an incentive to help them to stick to a regular exercise routine. Often, looking good for an upcoming holiday or wedding, or entering into an event are used as incentives to drive motivation. Whatever you choose to use, here are five top tips to keep you moving this winter.

  • Goal setting is the foundation of success! Not everyone enjoys exercise so planning is the key. Write down your SMART goals and put them on the fridge so they are visible. Example: Go for a run for 20mins during lunch break on at least three days per week OR Accumulate over 10,000 steps on at least five days per week.
  • Use Technology: Smart phone apps, wristband monitors, pedometers. Technology can provide instant feedback on levels of activity are a great way to show exactly how much you have done in the day, keeping physical activity at the forefront of the mind and encouraging you to move more.
  • Use distraction techniques: Listening to music, watching TV, reading. A Canadian study found that these techniques led to lower dropout rates, longer exercise sessions and greater improvements in cardiovascular fitness
  • Join a group: It’s social, fun and keeps your mind off what you are doing. Studies show that being a group is more successful than doing it alone. Having accountability to someone or a team gets you there, even on those days you would rather stay in bed.
  • Train for an event: Committing to an event is always a great motivator to make you move. It may be too late to enter the City2Surf but there are plenty of exciting events coming up for the rest of the year.

Remember “You don’t have to be great to start, but you just have to start to be great” – Zig Ziglar. 

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