Undertaking some amount of daily exercise can have enormous benefits for your physical and mental wellbeing. It can help to promote your balance, coordination and motor skills, improve the strength of your heart and lungs, and give you better core strength and flexibility. In addition, regular exercise has been linked to better sleep quality and mental concentration, stress reduction, and improved social bonds and communication skills. Clearly exercise has a lot to offer!
However, many of us would agree that we get less exercise than we likely need. Psychologically, becoming motivated to exercise and then keeping consistently motivated is crucial. But how can we motivate ourselves? Our kickstart program explores this topic in depth, and a few of our key points will be discussed here!
Firstly, it is important to set an objective and measurable goal you can attain, such as losing 20 kg, or being able to climb the stairs at work without becoming winded. This gives you something to aim towards and provides a set of smaller, concrete steps you can use as milestones to mark your progress. For example, you could measure your progress when climbing the stairs by keeping track of how high you can get on average before getting tired.
Diet and nutrition form another powerful motivator. After all, you don’t want to jeopardise your progress and gains so far buy eating unhealthily! Diets can help to guide you through a set of rules to abide by. By adhering to their restrictions, you can obtain a sense of schedule, familiarity, and progression.
Finding time in your schedule to exercise is especially important. Work and family responsibilities often come first, which can put exercise by the wayside. For this reason, we recommend that you wake up a little earlier to make room for exercise first thing in the morning! This way you can meet your exercise quota before any of your other obligations and not have to worry about missing out on it later in the day. There are other benefits to early exercise as well: you are typically at peak energy and ability levels at this time!
Finally, it can help to examine the activities you do in your everyday life and consider how you can incorporate exercise within them. For example, why not try parking a bit further away from work and taking a walk to the office? How about you landscape your garden and gain exercise at the same time? Why not make more time to play with your kids outside so everyone gets some fresh air and exercise? The possibilities are endless!