Stay motivated to exercise

Winter walking and exercise

Which type of exercise is right for you?

Many people I talk to say that lack of exercise is one of the biggest things holding them back from achieving their health goals. The colder days and longer hours of darkness make winter the hardest time of year to stay motivated to exercise. So if you are already struggling to stay on track, I’m here to make sure you don’t throw in the towel until summer.

It really helps if the exercise you choose suits your lifestyle and personality. I’d much rather do an exercise class than workout in the gym on my own, that’s no surprise considering my outgoing personality.

Not sure what exercise suits you?

Here’s some things to get you thinking about your perfect exercise:

  1. Work in a job that’s mentally demanding? You might prefer exercise that doesn’t involve a lot of thinking such as cycling or swimming (find a heated pool)
  2. Need to blow off some steam? Racket sports or boxing might be just the thing you need
  3. Rather be socialising? Join a team sport or invite your friends to come on a walk with you rather than catching up for coffee
  4. Like a bit of competition? If team sport is not an option, try logging your workouts with an app. Create goals based on the progress you want to make, or the distance you want to walk each week to keep you focused.
  5. Keen for some time alone? Jogging or walking is the perfect exercise for some downtime
  6. Perhaps you’re the creative type? Dance, yoga or tai chi might be more your style

Whatever you choose, if it’s something you enjoy, you will be more likely to stay motivated to exercise when the days are shorter and colder.

Need more help with motivation? Read this post to find out how to stay motivated


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