We’ve all had it. The light bulb moment. Deciding that it’s ‘time’ to get into shape. Armed with activewear, water bottles and energy drinks, we stride out to the park, gym, football pitch or running track. One (or maybe two) sessions later, workout gear is back in the wardrobe and forgotten about. After all, you can always try again later.

The facts are, 23% of the UK population do not consider themselves to be healthy, while 90% of people give up exercise three months after joining a gym. But while exercise can be daunting and time consuming, that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it!

Here’s how you can make fitness goals that last.

Be Reasonable with Yourself

Fixating on size and weight doesn’t always equate to having a healthy body. Instead, consider what you would like to achieve in relation to your lifestyle and wellbeing. Be reasonable: you don’t need to spend hours exercising or meal planning to accomplish the best version of yourself. Small wins towards a bigger goal – it’s easier to lose a 1lb a week than try to lose a stone in three months. Realising your weekly goal will be more motivating too.

Try Different Workouts

The options are endless! If you’re yet to find a workout that you like, try another rather than sticking to something you hate. You’re more likely to reach your fitness goals if you’re doing something you enjoy – remember, exercise is meant to be good for your wellbeing. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Spin class
  • Zumba
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming
  • Football
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • EMS

Get out for a Walk

…and try not to focus on step count. While steps are good for setting benchmarks, simply getting out for 15 minutes a day will take the pressure off and allow you to relax. Walking is crammed with health benefits – it reduces the risk of heart disease, improves balance, advances bone health, and strengthens muscles. So, if you’re wondering what to do on your lunch break or have a spare 15 minutes after work, get outside and go for a walk. You’ll feel all the better for it.

Incorporate Exercise into Everyday Life

It’s easier to meet your fitness goals when they’re incorporated into your daily routine. By swapping out convenience for your own capabilities, your health (and your bank account’s health) will improve. Why not take the stairs instead of the escalator, or cycle to work when you’d usually drive?

Link Up with a Friend

Exercising with a friend can be both beneficial for fitness motivation and social fulfilment. By pursuing similar goals, you’re more likely to stick at them. Here are some activities that work well in pairs, or as a group:

  • Hiking
  • Rowing
  • Running
  • Dance Classes
  • Bodystreet session

Sharing an experience can be fun and rewarding, so reach out to that friend you haven’t seen in a while!

Find Healthy Distractions

If you’re a treadmill or climber machine kind of person, don’t battle aimlessly on with nothing to occupy your thoughts. Without a distraction you may feel tempted to drop-out early, so prepare a playlist of your favourite songs, watch a show, or listen to a podcast.

Reward Yourself

You don’t need to drink blended spinach or exist on chia seeds. After exercise, reward yourself with that hot chocolate you’ve been craving or rustle up a bowl of pasta. Give your body what it needs – it’s worked hard – and you deserve it! By anticipating a fun treat after exercising, you’re giving yourself another reason to work towards your fitness goals. Don’t refuse sustenance when your body is crying out for fuel – it won’t thank you for it.

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