Fitness: 9 Ways to Stay Motivated

Drop the TV remote and back away from the carbs: just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean your wellbeing should take a back seat.


    Drop the TV remote and back away from the carbs: just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean your wellbeing should take a back seat.

    Auckland-based personal trainer Kristy Robertson is known for getting brides-to-be on the path to being fit and looking fabulous. Like marriage, it takes commitment to see fruitful results. Staying motivated is key to your success – follow Kristy’s lead to keep focused.

    • Set short-term daily and longer-term weekly exercise goals: enlist the support of a friend or personal trainer for extra help achieving them.
    • Most of us don’t appreciate how far we’ve come. Looking back and taking stock of your achievements will help to propel you forward.
    • Find an exercise that you enjoy to help you persist. If you are having fun with an activity it will also become a de-stressor rather than a chore.
    • Keep a journal or an exercise log. This could be as simple as taking trainers to work and going out for a 20-minute walk at lunchtime or meeting a colleague for a powerwalk straight after work.
    • Try group fitness classes to keep up your motivation and energy levels – think kick-boxing or spinning.
    • Keep a food diary and have it assessed by your trainer each week to make sure you’re on track.
    • Add interest to your meals by visiting different food stores for inspiration – you could source fresh seeds and spices from an Indian market to add low-calorie zing to dishes. Browse health food stores for high-protein whole grains such as amaranth and quinoa, which will add variety to your meals.
    • Experiment with five flavours at every meal – bitter (orange zest), sweet (currants), salt (kelp powder), spicy (dried red chilis) and sour (lemon or lime). This will help you feel satisfied and prevent cravings.
    • Keep your health goals posted on a wall in your house as a regular reminder.


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