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How to stay motivated to exercise during lockdown

How to stay motivated to exercise during lockdown

It’s hard enough to find the motivation to get out of your pyjamas during lockdown, let alone get fit!

How to stay motivated to exercise during lockdown

Kate Allott, national fitness manager at Anytime Fitness, has shared some tips for how to start a workout routine during isolation and stick to it.

Five ways to keep up your fitness motivation

1. Find your ‘why’

It’s hard to exercise just for the sake of it. Ask any athlete – they train because they have a purpose and a reason to. How do you want to feel after this session? What do you want to gain from it? This helps set your expectations, and helps fuel you to finish the session. Whether you want to stretch, or really push yourself, knowing your ‘why’ will motivate you to chase that feeling through to the end. 

2. Don’t try to find time, make time. 

Give yourself the gift of time and intentionally block schedule time for exercise. A 30-minute workout is just 2% of your day! Write down the night before, or at the start of your day what workout you want to do, and how you’ll spend doing it. Writing it into your daily schedule ahead of time makes you more accountable to those time excuses. 

3. Find a friend 

Whether it’s your partner, housemate, or an online trainer, having someone to exercise with makes it super easy to set a time and commit to it. Plus, you can get competitive! 

4. Make space 

Especially for apartment dwellers, finding a space to move around can be really difficult. Not to mention, it’s hard getting in the zone in your living room. Allocate an area where you can quickly find plenty of room to move, and keep all your workout essentials permanently there. This helps streamline your transition from work to sweat.

5. As long as you’re moving! 

Though you might start the day with big intentions, things can change. If you can’t dedicate time to a structured workout, doing little things like a short yoga flow, 10 mins of abs, or dancing around in your kitchen are all great ways to keep moving. Doing something to move will help keep your body and mind on track to pick up the plans again tomorrow.

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