We all know that exercise is an essential component of effective weight loss, but sadly, it’s not always much fun. After a long day in the office, it can be difficult to find the motivation to put on your trainers and start pounding the pavements or heading to the gym.
To keep you on track, we’ve come up with five ways to inject some excitement into your regimes.
Get your friends involved
Having a bit of moral support when you’re trying to lose weight can be priceless. If your friends are in a similar position to you, why not ask if they want to get involved? Whether it’s going to a dance class together or just going for a run in your local park, everything is a little easier when you do it with a partner. If you’re really hoping for results, you could even start a friendly competition.
Keep it varied
Most people give up on exercise because it gets boring. To keep your interest high, vary your regime. So, you might decide that you want to include running, dancing, swimming and cycling. Having something different to look forward to throughout the week will stop you from getting sick of the same old thing, and will also ensure that your giving your whole body a workout.
Use the services of a personal trainer
If you’re serious about making progress, think about calling in the professionals. It’ll keep you motivated, and you’ll also have the peace of mind of knowing that you’re doing the right activities for the best possible results. It can also add some much needed variety to your workouts. For example, a personal trainer in Edinburgh might include sessions in Holyrood Park.
Make an uplifting and energising playlist
Music is a great way to get the blood pumping. Try making a playlist of your favourite upbeat songs and taking your iPod or MP3 player whenever you’re planning to workout. It can be just the ticket for getting you in the mood and making you work that little bit harder.
Keep your goals in mind
It’s easy to forget why you want to exercise when you’re worn out and just don’t feel in the mood. Remind yourself why you’re doing it by keeping a diary of your goals and dreams. If you can imagine yourself in a bikini on the beach, looking slim and svelte, you’re much more likely to put in the effort and get going.
Do you ever find yourself in an exercise rut? What do you do to keep it fun and enjoyable? We’d love to hear your hints and tips.
This article was brought to you by Ruth Hinds on behalf of MyHomeTrainer. MHT provides personal training in Bristol and other cities throughout the UK for individuals who wish to kick start their weight and health goals. Services include home, gym and outdoor training, as well as expert and tailored nutritional advice.
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