2. Know your body clock
Are you a morning person? Or do you cringe at the thought of an early start? You’ll get more out of your workouts when you exercise during times of alertness. Although most people don’t start as morning exercisers, many have opted for it before their morning coffees to wake them up.
3. Learn to say YES – commit to yourself
You’ve told yourself you are going to exercise, so do it. Don’t ask yourself if you feel like it, just do it. Don’t find excuses, and never turn your back on your own fitness goals. Willpower is like a muscle and only grows stronger the more you use it. Besides, you’re only letting yourself down, and every session you do is taking you closer and closer to your goals.
4. Follow a training schedule
Consistency is the real game-changer, and variation will keep your mind and body guessing. Prioritise exercise and form a healthy habit by sticking to a training schedule every day. Plan out your week with a training guide, go into as much detail about each workout as you can so that way you are more committed to getting the session done and you don't have to think about it. E.g. Monday: 5km run, Tuesday: yoga, Wednesday: HITT training, Thursday: long walk, Friday: boxing, Saturday: pilates, and Sunday: rest. Creating good Habits don’t just happen, they’re formed by you.
5. Set goals
By physically writing out your goals you can refer to them when you are lacking some inspiration or need an encouraging boost. Why do you want to exercise? What’s your end goal? Write it down.
6. Workout with a friend
This is an amazing motivation – planning a workout the night before with a friend and setting your alarm in the morning is great way to ensure you won’t hit that snooze button. When one of you feels like quitting, it is up to the other to raise the energy.
7. Celebrate your progress
Set small and achievable goals to stay motivated, little healthy habits each day create big changes in the future. Celebrate your new personal best with a homemade healthy treat, or enjoy that glass of red on the weekend after a hard training week. Not so Fun Fact: it takes 276 burpees to burn off a pepperoni pizza. Moderation is key to not undo all that hard work.
8. Listen to your body
If you aren’t feeling the gym, go for a light walk or practice some yoga. Strengthen your mind by reminding yourself that you’ll feel better after moving. Stretching, swimming, or yoga can all be part of an active recovery and never undervalue the importance of sleep.
9. Rest and recover
Feeling physically exhausted or emotionally drained? Opt for an early night and start again tomorrow with your workout. Listening to your body is essential for progress, we all need rest to recover and repair our muscles. After all, you’ll get the most out of your session when you are feeling fresh and energised.
Katie Williams is part of the Women's Health Fitfluential Network and her mega passion for life is contagious! Katie’s a champion beach sprinter and Ninja Warrior, and her aim is to "lead and inspire the women of Australia to be best version of themselves".