Staying Healthy - A Quick Tip For Motivation To ExerciseToday we have the first post from our second new contributor - Natasha Gelder. Natasha is a full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs. She believes exercising is a vital part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle and should not be seen as a chore. I think you will enjoy her post and I know she is taking her own advice.
Each night do you set your alarm an hour early, with the intention of having an early morning workout, but when the morning comes you opt for an extra hour in bed instead? Feeling guilty, you tell yourself that you’ll go when you leave the office, but by half past five the idea of skipping the gym and opting for a night curled up on the couch with a glass of wine and a movie seems much more appealing. In fact, you’ve had a hard day at work and cooking is the last thing you want to do, why not treat yourself to a Chinese takeaway?
Even though your good intentions are there, it can often be difficult to find the motivation to turn your thoughts into actions. One way to find that extra little push that you are in need of is by signing up to participate in an exercise based charity event. I don’t mean that you should go to the extreme of signing up for the London marathon but by signing up for a 5k jog for charity, for instance, you will find the motivation that you’re missing. A looming event gives you a date to work towards and you will be more determined to raise your fitness levels in order to be able to complete the task at hand. If you find it easy to skip a session in the gym, you will find it a lot more difficult to miss a charity event; especially if you have sponsors. If you back out, you won’t just be letting yourself down. Imagine having to explain to all those people who gave you their support that you dropped out at the last minute because you simply didn’t feel like it.
Do a little bit of research, find out what locally organised events are on; why not get a group of friends together and have a competition to see who can raise the most money? Make training plans and count down the days left until the event. Encourage each other to support your local charities and get fit. I guarantee that you will not regret it. The sense of achievement you feel after finishing one of these events borders euphoric. Your body will be rife with endorphins from the exercise and your fitness levels will be sky high from the couple of months of training you have just done. Knowing that you have done your part for charity is an added bonus and you really will be left feeling amazing.