Michael Haddin, managing director of Haddin’s Fitness, offers his tips on how to best stick with exercise.
1. Plan it: Make sure you have your training planned into your diary each week, just like you would with any other important appointment. It is only a small part of your day, but the positive effects it has on your physical and mental well-being are unquestionable.
2. Enjoy it: If you don't enjoy what you are doing, you won't stick with it. Try to incorporate exercise that you find enjoyable into your training schedule. Don't feel like you need to follow traditional exercise programmes. If you like to dance, then dance, if you like to play football, then go kick a ball. You are more likely to keep coming back for more if you are enjoying what you are doing.
3. Make it easily accessible: If you have to drive an hour to exercise each day, it becomes too easy to cancel your session. Try to make exercise convenient in your daily schedule. Try training on the way to work, or on the way home, maybe a short lunchtime blast, or plan sessions on the weekend when it may be easier to involve the family. The first step to training is getting there, so make sure this initial step is not a chore.
4. It must be time efficient: We use a term at the gym that if you are training for longer than an hour, you are just there to make friends. Exercise does not always need to come in the form of a full-hour workout. Sometimes a short 20-minute blast is all you need. We all have other important things in life we could be doing, most notably spending time with family and friends – training should not take you away from this.
5. It must generate the desired results: If you are training and not achieving the results you desire, it can be disheartening and will not be long before you lose interest. If you need help with your training to achieve the result you require, consult the experts. Getting a little guidance to help structure your programme may be all you need to ensure you are training more effectively. Once you start to see results with training it can become very motivating in helping you to continue with your regime.