2 Schedule your workouts – just like a doctor’s appointment, school class or business meeting, marking your calendar with an exercise time enhances the likelihood that you will work out consistently. Don’t think that you will magically “find” time to exercise; write it down and honour it as you would any other appointment.
3 Set small, realistic goals to start – don’t set yourself up for failure by committing to exercise everyday for one hour if you’ve never participated in a regular workout routine before. Setting small achievable goals, such as three 30-minute sessions each week, will make it easier to experience success quickly.
4 Vary your workouts – for most of us, doing the same workout daily can cause boredom. Lift free weights one day, use a treadmill the next and take an exercise class the next. The premium cardiovascular equipment in the Gym, offers a variety of innovative workouts that can help keep each exercise session interesting.
5 Partner with a workout buddy – people who exercise with a friend or group tend to be more consistent. Make appointments to exercise with a spouse, neighbor or friend in the health club.
6 Find a diversion – if you really don’t enjoy exercising, try listening to music, watch the cardio theatre, or read a magazine to keep you moving.
7 Hire a personal trainer – a personal trainer can assess your fitness level, develop a programme to meet specific goals and measure your progress. Personal trainers can also show you different exercises to help vary your routines.
8 Document your progress – seeing how far you have come or how much you have accomplished can be a powerful motivator. Tracking your exercise routine, whether it be the number of minutes jogging on the treadmill or the amount of weight you are lifting, provides immediate visual feedback of your commitment.
9 Allow yourself a break if necessary – don’t give up if you miss a few days or even weeks, of your exercise routine. What is important is getting started again as soon as you can.
10 Reward yourself for your success – remember how good you feel after exercising when you don’t want to workout. Reward yourself with healthy options such as new exercise apparel, new music or a massage.