As a PT in Hove, I am aware its the season for setting new goals and I’m writing this to help you follow through with them. Remember, the main aspect of reaching your goals is consistency. Stick with your plan and you will reach the finish line!
Here are 4 strategies to help overcome barriers to exercise:
Barrier: Lack of Motivation
Strategy: Try new and different exercise options. Rather than the typical gym environment, try getting outdoors. With personal training in Brighton and Hove, we are very lucky with access to Hove Park, Hove Lawns and Preston Park, for example.
Find ways to make your workouts more enjoyable, such as playing your favourite music when training. Find new workout material by reading books and magazines.
Barrier: Poor body image
Strategy: Focus on your personal accomplishments and do not compare yourself to others! When you find someone at the gym that distracts you with negative thoughts, remind yourself that they are here working hard on their body too. Focus on the many health and lifestyle benefits of exercise, such as increased energy and sense of wellbeing.
Barrier: Need for support
Strategy: Arrange to have a partner or exercise with a small group of colleagues. Communicate to your friends/family that this is extremely important to you and you need their support to follow through to your goals. Another option here is Parkrun. Having tried all of the Parkruns in Brighton and Hove, I can say that they are all very friendly. My favourite one is Hove Park, followed closely by Preston Park!
Strategy: Find how to seek support of your family and/or friends so that you can remove the feeling of guilt about the time spent exercising. For example, explain to them the healthier you are, the more energy and vitality you will have to spend with family and friends. They will probably also notice your elevated mood and focus when in an exercise routine.
As an approachable PT in Hove, I am happy to answer any questions via email or telephone.