Starting to be more active takes effort, and it can be easy slip back into old habits, but it is important to keep going, you will feel the benefits.
What motivates you?
We are all motivated by different things. Some of us want to be thinner, if that is you make sure you take your measurements before you start exercising so you can keep track of how well you are doing. Remember exercise might not make you lose as much weight as you’d think, but it will make you more toned and healthier. You may well lose inches but not necessarily pounds. Keeping a record might help you stay motivated.
If you like to set yourself targets or goals then that might help you stay motivated. There are lots of ways you can record your activity, from a paper record of every time you achieve 10 or more minutes, to using a pedometer or smartphone app.
Be aware of your weaknesses
It’s very easy to think “I won’t go tonight, I’ll go again next week” and before you know it you’ve stopped going altogether. It helps to know what puts you off and to find ways to overcome them.
Outside activity is harder to sustain in the winter, the evenings are dark and the weather is cold. If this is going to put you off exercising look for an indoor activity you can do instead until the weather improves.
If you are busy it is easy to think you don’t have time to exercise, remind yourself that you have more energy when you exercise and you concentrate better. You might find you get more done even allowing for the time you are exercising.
Don’t let yourself be put off, you have worked really hard to get going, keep at it!