Brrrrriiing. The alarm wakes me. Eugh. Already? It feels like only seconds ago my head hit the pillow.
I press snooze then remember what motivated my early alarm. Oh… a sunrise walk. But it’s dark, freezing and rainy outside. Damn… Just a few more minutes in heaven.
The phone barks again. I decide to commit to sleep therapy instead as I turn it off, slide deeper under my doona and escape back to my dreams.
An hour later I wake in a panic, late. I fly into the shower, grab a coffee and rush to the office, feeling grumpy and sluggish.
And then I beat myself up for not doing the one thing that will make me feel happy, healthy and energised for the whole day.
Bec and Robin talk about our obsession with body image and how to find exercises that work for you. (Post continues after audio.)
If this sounds like you too, here are my top five tips to keep you motivated to work out daily.
1. Get a buddy.
Research shows that when you commit to a friend or a trainer it’s easier override the temptation to stay in bed or cancel your workout. You kill two birds with one stone when you make exercise social. So, book in a time with your partner, friend, FitBit or dog. If you have arranged to meet a friend, you are much less likely to cancel. And you can plan the next workout together.
2. Get a routine.
Pick a workout routine, put it in your diary and do it for 21 days. This will get you into a habit. Choose a time and location each day that works around your usual schedule. Treat this as an unbreakable commitment and work other commitments around it.
3. Love what you do.
There is no point trying to drag yourself out for a run, to the gym or a swim if you dread it all week and hate doing it. Find an activity that you love doing. Think outside the box. If you don’t like the gym, try walking, hiking, bike riding, yoga, meditation, pilates, kayaking, dancing, Zumba, skating, skate boarding, barre body, swimming or netball. The gym is great when you’re injured or if you need specific strength and conditioning exercises for a specific weakness, but there are lots of other activities that might be more fun for you. Better to walk every day than pay for a gym membership you only use once.
Check out more of Di’s adventures on Instagram. (Post continues after gallery.)