I’m very happy to be bringing you my first Guest Post of 2017, and aptly it is a post full of great exercise tips to ensure you stay fit and healthy in 2017 – after all resolutions are for life, not just for Christmas! This post was written by Niamh Wallis, who is a budding content writer from London that loves writing about all things health, exercise and fitness. When Niamh asked if she could share something with the Wildcat Fitness readers I was only too happy to oblige, so without further ado I’ll let Niamh share her top tips with you….
Want to keep your New Year’s resolution to hit the gym before work? Or just attend your Zumba class once a week? There are tons of tips out there on how to get motivated to exercise, but many of them will be easy to ignore if you’re not 100 percent dedicated. So, what is going to really work? If it’s a case of creating a routine, how do you even get started it in the first place?
Luckily, the professionals have done the hard work and here’s what they’ve found about how to resist the urge to hit the snooze button and instead get up and at it, gym bunny!
Make A Long-Term Goal
Apparently, if you want to achieve a fitness goal it’s best to make it as long-term as you can. Goldhaber-Fiebert creator of the contract site www.stickk.com, found that people who agreed to go to the gym three times a week for six months were more likely to keep going than those who committed to just 12 weeks. Golhaber-Fiebert believes this is because the first few days or weeks of a new exercise regime are the most difficult. We all know the feeling of finally making it to the gym only to find that our fitness levels are so low that we never want to go back again! Setting yourself a longer time to reach you target will mean that you are more likely to power through the initial tricky stage. Once you begin to see positive results, the motivation to keep going will come easier, phew.
Bet On It
Giving yourself a long-term goal is all well and good but how do you find the motivation to start in the first place? This is where you’ll need to put your money where your mouth is. The Stickk team found that those who bet on the successful outcome of their own contract were three times more likely to succeed. So, if you really want a flat tum and super sleek thighs, you’ll need to put a wager on your goal. The possibility of losing money if you fail should get you through the difficult first part of your routine and by then you’ll be on an exercise roll – go you!
There are some people out there whose end goal of ‘toning up’ or ‘glowing skin’ will be enough motivation for them to keep going. If this works for you – what is your secret?! If like the rest of us mere mortals, this isn’t enough, you may need a little more encouragement. Charles Duhigg best-selling author of Smarter Faster Better counsels that giving yourself a treat after working out or completing a goal will make the benefits of the activity feel more tangible. If you kept your promise of riding to work every day for example, then getting yourself some fresh urban cycle wear will not only create positive feelings around cycling but will also keep you motivated for the next week.
Get a Personal Trainer
According to Meridith Elliott Powell, an award-winning keynote speaker and business strategist, accountability is the basis of motivation. This may not be about starting a company but getting fit is a serious business! So, how to feel accountable? Hire a personal trainer! They will monitor your progress and make you feel responsible to someone other than yourself. Personal trainers are a goldmine of helpful tips and knowledge routines and watch out because they’ll notice if you haven’t been sticking to your goals! There’s also the major fact that you’ll have A LOT more fun with someone to push you more than you would on your own.
Motivation can be evasive at the best of times despite our many resolutions and promises. Getting into a routine is half the battle, but armed with these tips it should be one you can win hands down!