Five ways to motivate yourself to exercise
One of the hardest parts of exercising is motivating yourself to get started. Check out our top tips on getting yourself geared up for a workout.
By spreading the word, you'll feel more inclined to keep your promise. Tell your friends, family or workfriends about the workout you have planned for yourself. Likelihood is, the next day they'll ask you how it went so to avoid being caught out, why not ask them to sponsor you as additional motivation to continue your training. Setting up a JustGiving page is easy peasy!
Set yourself a goal
Whilst it's important to have an ultimate goal e.g. to cycle 45 or 90-miles for Palace to Palace, it's important that you create measurable targets for yourself each week so that this ultimate goal feels achievable.
- Improve your average MPH each week
- Increase the distance cycled each week
- Tackle a hill that you've been daunting
- Improve your posture (this can have implications on your endurance)
- Teach yourself how to warm up and cool down properly
Make sure you're setting yourself achievable targets. There's nothing worse than being disappointed with yourself. If you originally set yourself a goal of hitting the gym at 5am every morning and you're finding it's just not working out for you - change your routine.
If you've got something else planned, perhaps it's a trip to the movies or drinks with work friends - whatever it is, give yourself a break. It's important that exercise fits in with your lifestyle, so don't feel guilty for enjoying yourself.
Change it up
To keep yourself engaged with your fitness, it's important to change your workout regularly. Whether it's cycling to a different location or focussing on tackling different things e.g. speed, hills - make sure you change it up every now and again so you don't get bored of the same routine.
Think of the bigger picture
By taking part in either the 45-mile or 90-mile Palace to Palace cycle ride, you're supporting The Prince's Trust to help young people across the UK to fulfil their potential. Every mile you cycle for Palace to Palace, is making a significant difference. You'll be supporting people like Stacey.
Stacey Fox was supported by our Make Your Mark programme, delivered by Marks and Spencer. When both her parents tragically passed away, her whole world was in turmoil. The Make Your Mark programme helped to build her confidence to tackle new challenges.
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