Over the years, I’ve heard every excuse in the book from friends and family members who claim they just don’t have the time or motivation to exercise. But while it may be true that we all have different schedules and commitments – staying active is more important to our health than simply how good we look in a bikini. In fact, exercise can literally add years to your life, not to mention prevent a whole host of chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s.
But despite all this, more and more of us are choosing to remain sedentary and it all seems to stem from motivation, or lack of. Here’s how to boost yours and get active:
- Buy yourself some new activewear – yes, it’s superficial but there is a distinct link between feeling good in what you choose to wear when you workout and actually working out. If your activewear wardrobe consists of a pile of daggy baggy t-shirts, nobody can blame you for missing that spin class again. Give yourself permission to splash out and buy some new activewear as even though prices of gym gear can sometimes seem absolutely ridiculous, when you break it down into cost per wear, you actually get a lot of bang for your buck. My pick? Nike’s new Epic Run tights. I am a complete snob when it comes to finding the perfect pair of running tights, but these tick all the boxes – they are the perfect length and don’t bunch up mid-run, the waistband is wide and tight, so it doesn’t roll down at all, and the moisture wicking fabric is super sleek and dry. Winner, winner!
- Find an activity you enjoy – as a runner, I often get asked if I’m crazy! How could I possibly enjoy running around the park for no reason? I don’t have the perfect answer to that question, but I always say to people that running is simple – you either love it or you hate it. Don’t force yourself to enjoy a certain activity just because your best friend or Instagram inspo says it’s fabulous. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it – it’s really that simple. Keep trying new activities until you find one you enjoy. Who knows, boxing could be your thing!
- Lose the all or nothing attitude – if you set your alarm at 6am to go to the gym, then hit snooze, don’t berate yourself for the whole day and think you’ve ruined your efforts. You’re doomed for failure if you start your day with that kind of mindset. Instead, when you do finally get out of bed, pack your activewear in your bag and take it with you to work. Better yet? Put it on. If you don’t have any important meetings scheduled, wearing your gym kit to work will be a constant reminder that you need to squeeze in a workout. If you can’t be that casual, set yourself a goal of walking home, or hit the gym on your lunchbreak. The options are endless.