You would be forgiven for thinking we are still in the depth of winter. But, if the last few days are anything to go by, the warmer spring days are just around the corner, which means SUMMER is almost here. And, Im sure many of you have uttered those words to yourself “ I’ll start training as soon as the weather improves!” To me that sounds like procrastination. The best time is NOW. There is no such thing as “bad weather.” just “the wrong clothes” 

So here are 7 tips to help reignite that passion for health and fitness WITHOUT ending up on the treatment table:

Start small – don’t expect to be able to start up from where you last left off. Sadly our fitness drops off quite rapidly with a reduction in activity, and somehow seems to suck our motivation with it. Set realistic achievable goals. Start gently – maybe a walk, a light run or a Yoga class. Dust off the foam roller and start preparing your body for exercise. Enjoy being back in your gym gear, and the knowledge you have started!

Schedule your exercise. Write down your specific exercise times in your daily or weekly planner. Try to avoid mentally agreeing to 3 sessions per week. These “mental plans” are easily forgotten or replaced by other activities. Book work / assignments and reports will all take precedence over exercise. BUT these activities will also STILL GET DONE when your exercise routine is planned in advance. This planning makes you accountable for you actions. You will be more productive during the day knowing you have an allocated time for exercise. Deciding its time to exercise isn’t enough – write it down and STICK TO IT!

Register for an Event. – We have just seen the Melbourne Marathon been run and won. Maybe 42.2km is not your thing, But Melbourne has a number of fun runs, Tough Mudders, or Spartan type events throughout the year. http://runcalendar.com.au/melbourne – Choose an event, tell a friend, register and use this as motivation for your fitness campaign. Simply having a date set for your return is enough to kick start the motivation.

Collaborate with a Friend – How easy is it to hit snooze on the alarm and stay in bed? But if you are training with a friend, there is someone holding you accountable for your actions. Small group trainings encourage social interaction between team members, team bonding and hopefully FUN. Have read of our previous blog https://equilibriumsas.com.au/winter-training-tips/ – for training in the colder months.

Make it FUN – exercise should be fun and not a chore. You are more likely to succeed and maintain your exercise program if its something you enjoy. There is very little benefit from choosing an activity you DONT enjoy just because you heard or read somewhere that its the “NEW” in craze. Choose activates you enjoy participating in for long term benefits.

Make it FUN – exercise should be fun and not a chore. You are more likely to succeed and maintain your exercise program if its something you enjoy. There is very little benefit from choosing an activity you DONT enjoy just because you heard or read somewhere that its the “NEW” in craze. Choose activates you enjoy participating in for long term benefits

Isolate Your Weakness – If falling off the exercise wagon is a common occurrence for you, find out why. Do you not enjoy exercising? Is it a lack of time? Is it feeling self-conscious at the gym? Perhaps a change of environment or chosen activity is needed. As soon as you can isolate your weakness, you can take steps to improve the situation an ensure you don’t drop off the wagon next time.