Easy tips on being active
Thinking about lacing up your trainers? Here’s how to amp up your motivation
We’ll be the first to admit that motivation comes in waves. Some days we wake up raring to go. Other days we reach for the snooze button and extra slice of toast. Both are totally fine, but if you’re looking to find that extra bit of fitness oomph, we’re here to help.
Along with wellness expert Uxshely Chotai, we’ve pinned down some easy fitness tips. Spoiler alert: staying active is a lot easier than you might think.
"I've got no motivation"
A few lucky people need nothing more than the knowledge that they’ll be fitter to get them out of the changing room door – but many of us need more incentive. Here’s where to start.
V is for visualise
"Whether it’s weight management, fitness, better health or all of the above," says Uxshely, visualising your goals can help you achieve them.
Research for Virgin Active found that women who exercised together trained for longer and burnt more calories. You go, girls.
"I find exercise boring"
Forget the idea that working out is dull! You’ve just got to find an activity you enjoy – it could be skipping, running, boxing, yoga… the list goes on.
Researchers have found that connecting a positive experience with exercising can inspire you to do more. It could have been a fun-filled bike ride with friends, a swim in a lake that made you feel free, or a happy lift after a party where you danced the night away – they all count as exercise!
More workout tips? Uxshely also advises dressing to make exercise an ‘event’ instead of a chore. "Invest in workout clothes you feel good in, rather than turning up in your ugliest baggies." Why not get yourself a reusable water bottle? It’s a great addition to your new workout outfit and it’ll come in handy, too! What's not to love?
"I'll be surrounded by people fitter than me"
Sport England has found that one of the biggest barriers to women exercising is the fear of being judged on appearance or ability. With that in mind, one of our biggest fitness tips for beginners (or anyone for that matter), is to forget what other people think.
You’ve got this
We are our own worst critics, and at times we project our negative thoughts onto those around us. Chances are that everyone else is too busy worrying about themselves to be watching you anyway.
Fake it ‘til you make it
If you feel nervous before a workout, try a ‘Power Pose’ for a couple of minutes. Stand with your chest lifted and head held high, with your hands propped on your hips. This helps to increase your level of testosterone, raising your courage to try something new. Give it a go!
"I'm too tired"
It’s normal to feel tired after a long day at the office, but regular exercise can actually help energise you.
Keep it simple
A study has shown that regular, low-intensity exercise such as walking, gentle swimming or yoga can help reduce fatigue by 65 percent in inactive people. Impressive, right?
Go at your own pace
Scheduling in exercise, whether it’s before or after work, can help to relieve your tiredness and give you energy. If you feel fatigued, it’s better to start off slow and steady.