Reasons to stick to your exercise resolution

Reasons to stick to your exercise resolution

New Year’s resolutions to exercise more are a doddle to make but can be tough to stick to, even with all the best tips and tricks. In fact, by February 80% of people have given up. How can we improve our motivation to get - and stay - fit?

MORE UNDERSTANDING, MORE MOTIVATION

According to a new Australian study, the key to motivating yourself could be increasing your awareness of the types of diseases associated with inactivity.

The study found that people who understand more about the benefits of exercising are more likely to spend more time being active. Furthermore, participants who could correctly identify the diseases linked to inactivity were significantly more active.

But for many of us, when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, concerns about diseases are simply too far in the distant future to worry about quite yet.

The answer? To avoid your good intentions dwindling, you need a double-whammy of motivation: Firstly, to experience the immediate benefits of exercising. Secondly, to remind yourself of the long-term benefits of exercise.

SHORT-TERM BENEFITS

  • You will boost your mood and energy levels, reduce depression and keep mental health conditions at bay.
  • Increased insulin sensitivity of muscles helps control blood sugar, which aids weight control.
  • Improved sleep quality.
  • A greater sense of self-esteem and life control.
  • It can be fun and social.
  • Increased blood flow to skin giving you an attractive glow!

LONG-TERM BENEFITS

  • Long-term aerobic exercise will keep your heart and lungs younger, increase the thickness and size of your heart, improve the elasticity of blood vessels and increase blood volume and delivery.
  • Reduced risk of major illness such as stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers by up to 50%.
  • Up to 30% reduced risk of the ‘three Ds’ - early death, becoming depressed and of developing dementia.

A multitude of health benefits. We challenge you not to be motivated this year!

 


The Author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for PayasUgym. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

Comments

Dan M.
12 January 2019

Dan M.

to be honest there's not a lot else to do in January - all the festive stuff is over, a lot of places are closed and it seems months to holidays, so getting fit is a good use of time. I'm sticking to it!

Hugh M.
8 January 2019

Hugh M.

My motivation for staying active has always been preventing weight gain, but I am increasingly aware of the benefit it has on preventing disease too. There's lots about it in the news lately and it seems it's the answer to so many problems, so I just keep on exercising.

Ashley C.
7 January 2019

Ashley C.

Good to remember the long term benefits too. Strangely, I am someone who is very motivated by long-term benefits such as reducing risk of illness, but I can understand it seems so far off for most people.

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