Winter is perilously close, which means it gets a little harder to motivate yourself to exercise outside! There are lots of strategies you can try, but when you get down to it, what’s your why? Grab some paper and pen, and let’s make a list…
Think about the times you’ve exercise that you’ve absolutely loved it. You know, when time flew and you were possibly even unaware you were actually getting your heart rate up? Can you spend hours in the gym, zumba class or out on a run? Are you sad when your sports game is over? What is it about those situations that brings you happiness – the people, the competition (or lack of), sense of accomplishment, being outdoors/indoors?
2. What brings out your sense of dread?
Now think about the times you have had to dig really really deep to just turn up? Those situations you really just didn’t want to go to for exercise? What is it about those activities that makes you want to curl up under the covers? Quite likely, it’s the opposite of what brings you joy when exercising!
3. What’s your why?
Looking at your lists, can you see any obvious patterns? When have you given up easily? When have you persisted through literal rain and snow? What is it that drives you to exercise?
Now that you’ve got a a few lists, can you see any obvious themes or patterns? Steer clear of activities that don’t get you excited or energised, and search out those that do.
Remember, there is no universal right or perfect answer. There is only the answer that is right and perfect for you. And it might change over time as well, as your skills develop, your confidence grows and your general approach to life changes. On that, we recommend trying new things every now and then – you never know, what you didn’t like five years ago, you might now like!
Term 2 at UC Rec & Sport
The team at UC Rec & Sport aim to provide a diverse range of activities, to meet your needs. We have new courses and leagues starting next week, in addition to different sport options, group fitness, climbing and the gym of course. Keep an eye out on insiders for more info, as registrations for some of these close soon (but don’t worry if you’re not ready yet, we run these every term). All are low fee (below market rate) or free to join for our members. If you’re not a member, you can still access many of our activities, for a fraction more. Why not try us out with a free 14-day trial?
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