We all know we should exercise regularly, yet it’s amazing how many excuses we can come up with when faced with the choice to stay on our backsides or actually get up and do some. We may have good intentions, but when it comes to exercising regularly it’s hard to see those intentions through into action. Though the struggle is real, here are 10 easy things you can do to help you stop sitting and start fitting!
Follow fitness blogs or Instagram accounts – These days most of us spend a crazy amount of time on the internet, so why not put it to good use? By surrounding yourself with fit people, even if only online, it will encourage you to get off your bum and do some exercise.
Keep your exercise mat out – And no, I don’t just mean to serve as a make-shift rug. By keeping your mat out, it will stare at you, asking you ‘when was the last time you used me?’, rather than being out of sight and out of mind rolled up at the back of your wardrobe.
Stick quotes or pictures to your wall – Make your room a place where laziness is, if not banned, then at least frowned upon. Surround yourself with fit inspiring postcards or your own hand written notes on your mirror to remind yourself of your goals.
Get your workout gear out the night before – If you’re planning to get up at some un-holy hour to fit in a work out, then make it as easy as possible to do by having everything ready the night before.
Set reminders on your phone – When you’re in a motivated zone, use this to encourage yourself when you’re not. Bring out your inner fitness instructor or even army officer, and tell your future self to get off her arse and work out!
Make a Pinterest board – There are so many corny and cheesy fitness quotes on Pinterest that it would be rude not to use them as motivation. Maybe you were planning on a gym session but are now feeling reluctant – scroll through your fitness board and you’ll be feeling fired up again in no time. My personal favourite is ‘do not reward yourself with food, you are not a dog.’
Write out your goals – If your goals are only in your mind it can be easy to ignore them or alter them, but once they are out in the world in black and white (or whatever fancy-pants colour you use) then it’s much harder to have to read them back knowing you haven’t been putting the effort in.
Visualise how you feel afterwards – We all know that hard exercise is minging, but the endorphins and pride we feel afterwards make it worth it. So when you’re battling with yourself over whether to go to the gym, don’t picture how hard it will be during, remind yourself of how great you feel in your post-workout shower.
Update your workout playlist – If music is something that gets you going, then something as simple as having a few new songs to work-out to can be enough to get you off the sofa.
Tell your friends your plans – It can be as big as ‘I’m training for a marathon’, or as small as ‘I’m going to the gym tonight’. Once you’ve told other people, then the plan becomes more concrete in your mind, and you can even ask your mates to give you a kick up the bum if you don’t keep to them.