Level up your life: Why you need an exercise goal (even if you think you hate working out)

Let’s face it, exercise isn’t always the most thrilling activity for everyone. But before you resign yourself to a life on the couch, consider the power of setting an exercise goal. It might just be the key to unlocking a healthier, happier you.

Here’s why having an exercise goal in your sights is a recipe for success:

1. Motivation Magic: Goals give you something to work towards, a reason to lace up your shoes even when you’d rather hit the snooze button. They provide a sense of purpose and direction, keeping you focused on the long-term benefits rather than the momentary discomfort.

2. Progress, Not Perfection: Setting a goal allows you to track your progress. Witnessing your own improvement, no matter how small, is a powerful motivator. Did you walk an extra kilometre this week? Celebrate! Every step counts towards reaching your ultimate objective.

3. The Confidence Boost: Achieving your goals, big or small, is a surefire way to boost your confidence. It shows you what you’re capable of, fostering a sense of accomplishment and self-belief that spills over into other areas of your life.

4. It’s Not Just Physical: Exercise isn’t just about building biceps. It’s a fantastic way to improve your mood, reduce stress, and boost your mental well-being. Setting a goal helps you prioritize this essential aspect of your health, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

5. Find Your Fun: Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. Explore different activities until you find something you enjoy. Whether it’s dancing in your living room, swimming laps, or exploring nature on a hike, there’s an exercise out there waiting to become your favourite hobby.

Ready to get started?

  • Start small and specific. Don’t aim to run a marathon next week if you haven’t jogged in years. Begin with a manageable goal, like walking for 30 minutes three times a week.  But if you are interested in a half-marathon or 10km goal, why not join our social Run Canterbury crew?  We’ll guide you to your goal safely.  Our next intake starts March 11th!  
  • Find an accountability buddy. Share your goals with a friend who can support and encourage you on your journey.  It’s harder to not show up when you’re depending on each other.  
  • Celebrate your wins! Acknowledge your achievements, no matter how small. This will keep you motivated and focused on the bigger picture. 

Remember, the most important goal is to get moving and find what works for you.  The RecCentre has a huge range of activities, so register today (if you haven’t already!), download the app, and start exploring.   There are workouts in the app, virtual classes, or you can book in for a Discovery session to try things out in a small and encouraging environment.   Set your sights on a healthier you and get ready to experience the transformative power of exercise!

Ngā mihi 
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 

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