Are you someone who thinks about exercising a lot but doesn’t seem to translate that to action?
The thing about motivation is that you’ve got a small window between thinking about doing something and actually putting the thought into action.
The bigger that window gets, the slimmer the chance that you will actually act on the thought and get moving.
The way forward is thinking less. As soon as you find yourself thinking “hmmm, I could go for a walk/run/do an exercise dvd now”, DO IT! Don’t give your mind the chance to put it off, talk yourself out of it or give yourself an excuse.
Plan ahead. Set some realistic goals about when you are going to exercise the week ahead. Not crazy talk like you are going to run for an hour every day or anything, but what you can realistically fit in around the non negotiables of life like work and looking after kids. Be conservative at first and build up. Twice a week is great and is way better than none at all.
Schedule it. Tell everyone who needs to know. Tell them that it’s important to you. Organise someone to look after the kids if you need to. Put it on the calendar or in your diary and stick to it. If it’s raining put a coat on and go.
Change your mind set. If you feel like exercise is a chore or an extra stress, it will be. Make it about self-care, and do activities that you enjoy and are energizing.
If you continue to do these things over a few weeks, exercise will become a habit rather than something that you have to make a conscious decision to do, which in turn uses up your precious mental energy.
So go on, get your diary out!
Lee is a life coach, runner and wannabe triathlete.
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