It has been 2 months now since I started my exercising life and I love the new found energy I have. It is unbelievable I had all this energy in me!
It has been really difficult to keep it going at times. When I started, I was powered with the thought of something new, then I dropped a few pounds and the motivation got stronger. But after a while, the weight doesn’t move as much as it did at the start, and the thought of exercising becomes just another thing on the list that I have to do for that day.
This is what has helped me keep going.
Phase 1: Start gradually. When I decided to take up exercising, I started with one day of exercising in the first week. I then built this up to 2 exercising days a week and then 3 exercising days each week. I am hoping to slowly incorporate 4 days of exercising. The key was doing it gradually.
Phase 2: Find something you enjoy. For me, this has been jogging. Most people find jogging boring, but the great thing about exercise is you can do so much; boot camp work out, kick boxing, swimming, aerobics etc. the list is endless. I tried Pilates and Insanity at the start, but I am enjoying jogging more, and when my exercising routine is more stable I will incorporate more variety.
Phase 3: Allocate a set time. You need to allocate a time for you to do your exercise and stick to it. I am currently working out 3 times a week and I know my workout days are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I used to work out after I got back from work, but I found I would start making excuses of why I could not go from about 3pm that day. So to avoid this I have changed it to 30 mins in the morning before work. With spring coming and the sun rising before 7am I have no excuses.
These were the 3 phases that I have used to keep going with my exercise, and really I hope it becomes a habit soon, I love all the extra energy and swing I have!
How have you kept the motivation to exercise going?
Happy Fitness Friday! :o)
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