My favourite exercise hacks

Health and Lifestyle Editor
03 February 2016
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While I enjoy exercising, sometimes I need a little help to get motivated and get out the door. The reason varies; it could simply be cold outside or I could have had a particularly intense session that I’m feeling the ache from. But, one thing’s certain, I need some serious inspiring.

I’m a big fan of life hacks, so I decided to give some of them a try and collect some of my favourites to share. Try some of these useful tips and see if they help you too.

Buddy up

Exercise doesn’t have to be a solo sport; try doing it with your friends. Having someone there to help you stay motivated when you feel like giving up can prove to be really useful.

Joining a sports club, signing up for exercise classes or forming a running group means you can spend time with your pals while staying fit. I joined an exercise class with one of my friends and we kept cheering each other on to push ourselves further than we would have done alone.

Get appy

As apps have become increasingly popular you can pretty much find one to help you with anything. And getting fit is no exception. There are plenty of apps that can help you stay fit. Some will guide you through your workout and advise you on how to get the best results, and others can be used to track your activity.

With more and more people using wearable tech, fitness apps are coming thick and fast. Some of my favourites include MyFitnessPal, C25k (for those just starting out) and the Spotify Running feature, which matches your running speed to the tempo of the music.

Find your inspiration

We’re all prone to aimlessly scrolling through our social media channels every now and then. Why not try using this time to remind yourself what you’re striving for?

If you’re partial to an inspirational quote to help you feel pumped before a gym session, want to look at people you admire to motivate you, or enjoy seeing healthy feel-good recipes on your feed, there will be someone on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for you. So get following!

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Reward yourself

There’s no point in setting unrealistic goals, so don’t commit to doing more than you can do. Think of something that’s achievable for you. Start small and build it up gradually. And remember to reward yourself when you exercise. Within reason obviously, because there’s no point in doing a full work out and then going home to eat a whole chocolate cake! But making a tasty, healthy smoothie to enjoy afterwards, or a nutritious meal packed full of flavour, will make it feel worthwhile.

Choose your times wisely

Sometimes you’re not going to be motivated to exercise. But you’ll often find that pushing through and working out leaves you feeling fantastic, like you’ve accomplished something. If you think you’re going to have a lazy day, perhaps you’re tired or busy at work, then choosing the right time to exercise is wise.

If I’m pushed for time, I’ll aim to work out in the morning before I start work. This stops me from abandoning my evening fitness plans by midday, and I feel great for the whole day.

Or if you are totally lacking motivation, you could try doing some High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) so you can get your workout over and done with more quickly.

Living well

Regular exercise can benefit your health, both physically and mentally. But sometimes we need a bit of help to get back into our running shoes. Try these tips and let us know if they work – we’d love to hear from you over on our Facebook and Twitter.

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Sophie Mellor
Health and Lifestyle Editor

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