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7 ways to stick to your exercise routine

Active Lifestyle

Keep active and motivated with these tips from fitness and productivity experts.

When you work for yourself, you know the importance of setting goals, managing your time and creating positive habits. It’s no different with exercise. Applying some of the same thinking to your exercise routine can also help you reach your exercise goals. Try these tips gleaned from fitness trainers and productivity experts.

1. Change your attitude

If you think of exercise as a chore, something you “have to do”, you won’t want to do it. Instead think about it in positive terms, as something you “choose” to do or “want” to do.

2. Visualise the results

One of the habits in Stephen R. Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is visualisation. Next time you’re lacking motivation, picture yourself happy, energetic and enjoying a delicious meal after an invigorating exercise session. Or envision yourself crossing that marathon finish line, or looking sleek and svelte in a new outfit.

3. Be prepared

Don’t leave it until you’re ready to work out to find your exercise clothes or decide what to do. Plan out what you will do beforehand. Then pack appropriate gear, your water bottle and protein bars so you can just grab them and go.

4. Put it in your calendar

Schedule in and treat your workouts just as you would a dentist appointment or work meeting. By writing it down or putting it in your phone, you are actively prioritising exercise, and it’ll be harder to make excuses like being too tired or not having enough time.

5. Make it a habit

Like brushing our teeth, exercise can be something we do every day without thinking about it if we make it a habit , say some personal trainers. They suggest starting out small with very short and easy exercise sessions so you have no excuses not to do them. As the habit becomes established, you can build on it.

6. Make it social

Having regular exercise dates with a friend is a great way to combine exercise with a social activity. Some people say it also helps keep you accountable . Alternatively, join a sports team or club.

7. Forgive yourself

Last-minute shopping, Christmas treats, travel, house guests, New Year’s Eve parties. If you end up overindulging or skipping some workouts, you’re only human. Instead of feeling guilty, hating yourself or deciding you will never be able to get fit, forgive yourself and congratulate yourself on what you did achieve.

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