FIT Newsletter March 2016 – Top tips to motivate yourself to hit the FIT class

As we move into spring and summer with lighter evenings and warmer weather it’s a great time to be working out in Chorlton Park, doing FIT outdoor fitness classes to help you stay fit and healthy. Here are some tips to help you stay motivated to come down to the class as regularly as possible.

Don’t break the habit in the first place
Sounds obvious but if you can make exercise part of your routine then you will be much more likely to stay in the habit. The longer you leave it between sessions the harder it becomes to get back into the routine.
Plan your diary like it’s a work meeting
You wouldn’t miss a big meeting at work so why should your FIT class be any different. Put the time in your diary so other things don’t get in the way and give yourself some time back to keep fit and healthy.
Tell everyone
Let everyone know you are going to the FIT session. This will help you follow through on your actions. After all, you wouldn’t want to be thinking up excuses the next day on your way to work after making such a big deal about it the night before.
Get ready
Sometimes the hardest thing about the class is getting there in the first place, give yourself a fighting chance by getting ready as soon as possible so there is no excuse. Get changed before you leave the office, as soon as you get home, or put your gear out the night before.
Set some training goals
It’s amazing how setting some realistic goals can give you the motivation to get down to class. Try some short term plans to begin with, in a month I want to be able to….. With a little and often approach you can measure progress and set new goals frequently when existing ones are achieved.
Use peer pressure to your advantage
Buddy up with one of the other class members and commit to each other that you will make it to class. Nothing like a bit of peer pressure to keep your attendance levels high.
 Positive reinforcement
Treat yourself after your park workout to build a nice work reward loop. If you want that treat then set yourself a challenge to get some work done first. You’ll enjoy it all the more post workout knowing you have earned it. Our brunch gang know all about this when we head down to Font Bar once a month for breakfast on a Saturday morning after class.
Visualise yourself at the end of a workout
If you are struggling to motivate yourself try and imagine how you felt after a park session that you really enjoyed. Now put your kit on and get out into the outdoors. I doubt you will ever regret completing a class but you might regret not coming along.
Treat yourself to some new gym gear
I always look forward to my next workout if I have some nice new gym gear to wear, it’s not a fashion contest down at the park and you don’t have to spend a fortune but if it helps you get off the sofa then it’s worth a try.
Look after yourself the rest of the time
Maximise your results by taking care of yourself the rest of the time. You will get the most benefit from regular exercise by supporting with healthy eating, getting plenty of sleep and going easy on the alcohol. And if you smoke, don’t, it’s that simple.

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