Choose Activities You Enjoy

    • Lots of different activities can count as exercise, including going to the gym; dancing; various sports; or bush walking
    • This will keep things fun and will motivate you to get moving because you actually WANT to do it!
    • It’s also important to regularly change the exercise you’re doing (e.g. each month).  This way you aren’t getting bored with your current routine and you’re changing the way you use your body, enabling you to target different areas.  For example, pick three different routines that you can rotate through every three months.  This way you can try something new for a month, and if it isn’t for you, then you can rotate to something else at the end of the month

Exercise With A Friend Or In A Group

    • If you organise a regular time during the week to exercise with a friend or group, you are less likely to make up an excuse to get your exercise gear on and get out the door
    • Use these exercise sessions as social catch ups also.  For example, briskly walking and talking through the park will get the heart rate up in time for a halfway reward of a hot green tea at your local coffee shop
    • Signing up for group exercise classes with a few friends can be less daunting than doing it by yourself

Plan Exercise Into Your Day

    • If you run on a schedule, check your diary a week in advance, block out times where you can fit in exercise, and STICK TO THE SCHEDULE!
    • Purchase a class package with a exercise professional (for example, 12 classes – weekly for three months).  This way, you are locked into a scheduled session each week

Keep An Exercise Diary

    • Once you’ve booked your exercise sessions into your schedule, keep a log of each exercise session
    • Knowing that you have to meet your exercise quota will help to keep you motivated

Set Goals & Reward Yourself

    • Setting both short and long term goals helps to remind you of why you are exercising in the first place.  Every time you feel like skipping an exercise session, remember your goals to help keep you motivated
    • Make sure you set lots of short term goals that are achievable in a set time frame, such as small weight loss goals to help you fit into a dress or pair of pants for a wedding; or fitness goals in preparation for sporting events
    • Signing up for various charity walks/runs or other events can help to keep you on the right track
    • Once you meet each of your goals, reward yourself with something that will help you meet your next goal, such as a new pair of running shoes, workout pants or heart rate monitor