We all know physical exercise is good for us but sometimes it can be difficult to get motivated or stay motivated to do it. How many times have you made a new years resolution to jog or go to the gym only to have broken it two weeks later?
At Heart of BS13 we recognise how hard it can be to get motivated to be active particularly if we have let it slip, if we have put weight on, lost fitness, lost confidence or just feel low. The irony is that if we get active all of the above is likely to improve and as we feel the benefit we will get more motivated!
So initially we need to create a plan and give ourselves a gentle push start. The most important element of getting motivated is knowing or experimenting to see what works for you. These are our top tips:
- Do something you enjoy – go for a cycle on one of the many local cycle paths, go for a regular walk and gossip with a friend, jog, work out a circuit in your back garden or local park, get your roller skates back on. If none of that encourages you, look at the Sport England website for a multitude of different options, on demand content and apps for whoever you are, whatever your age and ability. https://www.sportengland.org/jointhemovement#get_active_at_home
- Get an exercise buddy or someone to encourage you – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-running-with-couch-to-5k/ have an easy plan to get you from not jogging to 5 km in 9 weeks and what’s more, download the app and you can have Jo Whiley, Sanjeev Kohli, Michael Johnson or comedian Sarah Millican coaching and encouraging you as you run.
- Set yourself a goal or a challenge – I know that this puts lots of people off for fear of failing, but if you don’t set a goal you can’t celebrate your successes! Make your goals simple and as you reach them, set yourself the next goal. Get a skipping rope and skip for a minute (harder than you think! So take breaks as you need them), do this 3 times a week and see how you improve, can you up it to two min, add in some star jumps, lunges, knee lifts?
- For inspiration look at https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/activities/home-exercise/… great ideas for both women and men, disabled and able bodied, take a look. Remember, start small and build up.
And remember to wear suitable comfy clothing, stay hydrated and work within your own limits. Go on, give it a go!