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TOP TIPS TO KEEP UP YOUR GYMTHUSIASM

TOP TIPS TO KEEP UP YOUR GYMTHUSIASM

With the nights drawing in, outdoor exercise can become less attractive. This means it is a perfect time to step up your gym sessions.

It isn’t always that easy, especially at this time of year with the Christmas juggernaut ever-earlier on the horizon. Nevertheless we all need to keep up the good work.

If your gym enthusiasm (gymthusiasm?) is waning, try these top tips to wake it up again.

1.MAKE IT HAPPY

Exercise that isn’t fun is much less likely to happen. Personal trainers know that, which is why being cheerful and motivating is a large part of their job. Even if you can’t stretch to a trainer, use their attitude and find yourself a workout, class or sport than you enjoy.  That turns exercise from a chore into a highlight of a day.

2.TRY SOMETHING NEW

Boredom is the enemy of enthusiasm. If your class or workout is feeling ‘same-old-same-old’, take some action before you get demotivated into stopping. There are so many new classes to try and new pieces of gym equipment to ask about. Grab the staff and ask for help with a change.

3.SCHEDULE IT IN

One of the benefits of a workout buddy is the fact that you have an appointment to keep. Even if it is a solo workout, put it in the diary and regard it as one of the things that has to be done that day. Then you can tick it off with a sense of satisfaction.

4.KEEP IT REAL

Goal setting and workout planning are very important – an aimless workout can do more harm than good. Plans do need to be realistic though, especially if they relate to weight loss. Over-ambitious training plans can also result in injury, so take advice and set yourself achievable goals.

5.TREAT YOURSELF

No, not to a post-workout slice of cake – that rather defeats the object! How about some new workout clothes or different tech instead?

Freshen things up, revisit your plans and your gymthusiasm will come right back.

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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