Mix It UpExercise can be boring so in order to keep your regime fresh and exciting mix it up. Always on the treadmill? Try a new machine. Work out alone? Take a friend or book yourself into a class. Always indoors? Head outside! Not tried a particular sport before? Try it now. It's like eating the same meal every night - that would get tedious and so does exercise.
Go With FriendsYou may prefer to exercise alone, and that's fine. However if you fancy a change or are apprehensive about working out alone, exercise with a friend. You'll feel less self conscious, it's a great opportunity to catch up and you'll have a laugh in the process. They'll also motivate you to keep going - just try not to take it too seriously who burns more calories on the cross trainer!
Put Together A Great PlaylistI'd honestly be lost without my music at the gym or when I go on long country runs. It 100% helps me get in the zone and lets me forget anything that's playing on my mind (no pun intended). Download your favourite new songs or find a great playlist that motivates you to move. I find mashups really inspiring and anything upbeat - because whilst I love Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, they don't push me to feel the burn. Look for remixes and popular playlists on the Internet.
Work It Around Your LifeSometimes exercising can be offputting when you're trying to fit your life around it. I say do the opposite, otherwise you won't do it. Make it work for you and your lifestyle. Morning person? Work out then. I deliberately joined a gym that not only do my friends go to (thus encouraging me to go) but that's on my way home from work. So I can't use the excuse that I "can't be bothered to go to the gym" when it's actually more effort to avoid going. I'll also look at my schedule for the week and see what days it can slot into my life without disrupting it. I know I go out most Friday and Saturday nights so never go then. Whereas during the week is when I'm most stressed so I enjoy releasing steam after a hard day.
Set Yourself GoalsGoals aren't always essential but I find they do help. This time last year I had 6 months before I was bridesmaid at my best friend's wedding and although the day wasn't about me, being part of the wedding party, I knew I'd be in a lot of photos that were important - so I wanted to ensure that come the day I was happy with my physique. So come hell or high water I religiously worked out 3-4 times a week. Was it worth it? Hell yes. Whether it's a wedding, holiday, party or whatever - goals help you to be realistic and something to look back on.
I set myself a minimum of 20k distance a week - I usually do 30k+ but I don't beat myself up as long as I hit 20. Adjust your goals depending on your situation. I started off running 2-3k a time and then gradually upped this when my body adjusted. I now usually run 8-10k a time and it's not anywhere near as much of a struggle as it used to be, so I know it's working.