- Feelings of wellbeing & sense of vitality
- Desire for energy – performing more effectively in all aspects in life
- Enjoyment of the exercise and having a reputation for being active
- Sleeping better – more REMS better life
- Feeling more alert – studies show fit people tend to be more diligent and progress in their professional / social lives more effectively
- Being relaxed – great stress management strategy
- Weight management – it is more than just how your pants fit. Excess body fat often holds you back from feeling healthy, confident and you are already aware of the endless health risks
- Appearance – very few comments light up your day like someone saying ‘ wow you look great, what are you doing?”
Now that you have your motivators in the right place, how can you use these things to establish and maintain adherence to fitness as part of your daily habits?
1. Do a variety of activities you enjoy. Having a variety of activities — weight lifting, walking, running, tennis, cycling, aerobics classes — will ensure that you can do something regardless of the weather or time of day. FittWell Centre Trainer, Deanna Baker advises that “the best activity for you is the one you will do ”
2. Commit to another person. “The social aspect of exercise is important – accountability prevents procrastination and doesn’t allow for excuses.
3 Exercise first thing in the morning. FittWell Centre knows that for many, getting to the gym is ½ the workout. Use this research to validate and early morning exercise option. “Although early morning workouts are a challenge, exercise to start your day can enhance brain & metabolic function by up to 30% for @ 4-9 hours after the workout.” So exercise, take a shower, and you’re energized for the day.
5. Or………….. exercise on your way home from work. The next best thing to exercising first thing in the morning is to do it on your way home from work, Klein says. Don’t go home first are not as motivated after getting home.
6. And …………….Exercise even when you’re “too tired.” Chances are, you’ll feel better after exercising. It energizes the brain & metabolic system. You breathe deeply, your body makes better use of the oxygen exchange, you tend to recruit more fat in the recovery duration AND you sleep better……REMS is where the strength gains develop best.
7. Log your activity. Write down the details of each workout so you can refer back for your next workout, keep track of scheduling patterns and a log book is a proven resource for motivating someone to keep it up.
8. Be aware of all the indicators of progress. It’s great when your clothes fit better and you can lift heavier weights or work out longer without getting exhausted –as FittWell Centre Trainer, Deanna Baker states….”the fact that you have evidence of progress is a motivator in itself, because it validates all the work/investment you have put into your fitness efforts.”