We all know that exercise is good for us, but sometimes going to the gym is easier said than done. Many people struggle to get off the couch and begin a routine. Here are some exercise tips to help you make it happen.
- Put gym appointments on your schedule. If you carve out time for the gym ahead of time, you’ll be more likely to stick to the schedule.
- Imagine yourself in the future. Will your future be better or worse if you don’t exercise? Will you be at higher risk for heart disease? Will you get out of breath running after your kids? What about if you do exercise? Picturing how your decisions today might impact your future helps you make good decisions.
- Pick a TV show or book that you really enjoy and commit to only watching/reading/listening to it at the gym. Combining something you love with an activity you may not love is a good way to boost motivation.
- Use visual imagery. Imagine your workout going perfectly before you get to the gym. Olympic athletes use this technique to relieve nerves; you can use it to alleviate stress about exercising.