Wouldn’t it be great if we could keep the boundless energy of our childhood? That’s when sitting down for a few minutes was the last thing we wanted. Unfortunately the pressures of adult life and responsibilities can mean that our only destination outside work is the sofa. That’s not good.
If your exercise motivation is flagging, try these mind tricks to get it back into gear.
Not as fit as five or ten years ago? It can be quite depressing to look back, especially if you are now carrying injuries or are no longer doing an active job that you loved.
Give it a positive slant instead. Think about how much you achieved and how well you did. Then rather than pining for a different time, focus on what your current abilities and lifestyle. Positivity is the way forward!
People sometimes mock list-makers, but putting a workout in the diary really does increase the change that it will get done. Check the times of your favourite fitness classes and work round those, or schedule in a slot when you know the gym will be quiet. Having made the appointment, treat it as seriously as all your others and make sure that you keep it.
Whether it is a calendar, an app or a scrappy piece of paper – make sure exercise is on your list.
Let’s face it, the workout itself is effort enough. Don’t make getting to do it even more effort! Have the right kit ready to go in a handy grab bag. Have a spare set so ‘didn’t wash my gym gear’ isn’t an excuse. Fit some fitness into your daily routine, even outside your scheduled workout. Finally, don’t undo all the good work with too much office cake.
Think like a fit person. That makes it much easier to become one.
'don't look back' is very wise advice. It must be very tough for top sportsmen whose capabilities will decline, same as the rest of us. I'm sure they have ways to stay positive regarding older, so we mere mortals can do it too.