Gold's Gym in America has identified the beginning of February as the point at which people start giving up on their fitness goals. The good news is that people who push through this period tend to make it to the 6 month mark. These 10 tips can help you stay motivated during this crucial time.
1.Use Music For Motivation
If music makes you feel good and exercise makes you feel great, just imagine the power of putting these two activities together. For an especially pleasing endorphin rush, consider investing in Bluetooth headphones. Once you make the switch, you'll find it very difficult to go back.
2. Run For Mind And Body
The latest research indicates that consistent aerobic exercise can vastly reduce the likelihood of dementia in later life. This is an extremely compelling reason to incorporate cardio into your training. For more info, Google "Kirk Ericson dementia prevention".
3. Measure The Right Metric
There is nothing wrong with the all too familiar goal of losing weight, but for some people, consistent body fat measurements can be more meaningful. This is primarily because losing fat and losing weight aren't necessarily the same thing, especially if you are building strength with regular resistance training.
4. Pull Your Own Weight
If a strong upper body and a powerful core are on your 2017 agenda, a reliable pull-up bar might be exactly what you need. While traditional movements such as chin-ups will strengthen your upper back and arms, less common exercises like hanging leg raises can help you build a rock solid core.
5. Crank Up The Gears
Over and above the amazing cardiovascular benefits that accrue from regular riding, cycling is also one of the most enjoyable ways to stay fit and healthy. South Africans are also spoilt for choice when it comes to cycling, with plenty of amazing routes, roads and trails to explore.
6. Transform Your Training With Tech
Activity trackers allow you to access and record valuable fitness metrics on a daily basis. This makes it very easy to set goals, evaluate your performance, and readjust your targets as your fitness levels improve. The net result can be very powerful over the long term.
7. Setup For Success
It's hard to overestimate the convenience of being able to exercise in the comfort of your own home. You never have to wait in queues, the WiFi actually works, and the changing rooms are pretty good to.
8. Skip To It
Simply put, skipping is a great way to burn calories, shred fat and improve agility. It’s also one of the more affordable exercise options out there, and you can do it virtually anywhere.
9. Sink Or Swim
Swimming is a great way to improve your strength and cardiovascular fitness at the same time. It’s also very low impact, so you can do it often without worrying about excessive wear and tear on your body.
10. Centre Yourself With Yoga
Practicing yoga regularly opens up a long list of perks. Increased flexibility, better posture, protection from injury, weight loss and improvements in mood are just some of the many benefits you can look forward to.