Top tips for motivation

Top tips for motivation

The sofa beckons, and maybe it’s a bit chilly outside, or maybe you just can’t be bothered. Whatever the reason for your lackadaisical state of mind, there are ways to help boost your enthusiasm for action. Here are some top tips: 

Get your kit on:

It’s often just that simple. Get dressed for your sport and you’ll feel energised to go out and do it. You’re half way there, at least!

Take a mate:

When you’re thinking of taking a rain check on that dance class, your mate won’t be. And they’ll make you feel guilty for skipping a class. Likewise, you can do the same to them. More reason not to miss it.

Drop the mileage:

Choose a location close by. If you’re feeling super-lazy, just go and do some squats in the back garden or run up the stairs. Choose a gym that’s close to where you live. Don’t give yourself miles to travel before you’ve even started.

Go high intensity:

Try HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). The theory is that short bursts of high activity are better for us than slogging it out for hours on the treadmill or pushing weights. Get it over quickly and you might be more motivated to do it again!

Go on.... treat yourself!

No, not with a chocolate bar! Promise yourself a manicure, a new pair of trainers or something that doesn’t involve too many calories to give yourself incentive. After all, you’re worth it!

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura loves running, Pilates and Yoga, and is forever trying to find the time to fit these activities into her life around a busy family. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

craig t.
13 May 2016

craig t.

I love HIIT and it keeps me going when I haven't got time for a longer workout. Knowing I can just do 10 minutes and still be making improvements stops me from getting into a rut of not doing anything if I'm too busy.

Melissa F.
9 May 2016

Melissa F.

workout clothes, definitely. Then just walk to the place of exercise. Once you're there, all geared up, you have no barrier left for excuses

Clare R.
8 May 2016

Clare R.

I've got another one - try on something in your wardrobe that doesn't have an elastic waist! I hate shopping so a tightening waistband is a real motivator to take action.

Matthew C.
5 May 2016

Matthew C.

Definitely just get into workout clothes. Don't think about it - just do it. If the sun is shining, get outside. It's even more motivating.

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