New Year’s Resolutions: How to Stay Motivated

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As you may know I’ve been on a mission, a kind of New Year’s Resolution to get more active. Blogging and writing is a great way to earn a living but it comes at a price, that of your activity levels. I spend so much of my day simply sitting and writing that my legs are giving up! I’ve really noticed a difference since I stopped running my much more active business in the middle of last year, and I’m just so sedentary. I’m finding it takes real determination to step away from the laptop though and go and do some activity, and I must admit I’ve not been doing very well in the last week or so.

In my previous posts about this I’ve told you about my new bike and about the fitbit monitor that I’ve been wearing. I really like wearing it and watching to see how many steps I’ve done in a particular day and when I’ve improved. In the last week though I seem to be going backwards. I had a huge piece of work with a very tight deadline and so everything got put aside so I could finish it, the activity included. Because of this I had to spend more time sitting and writing and consequently had less energy to go out and do my walking. I have to admit, it seems I’ve fallen off the wagon. This week hasn’t been any better either so I need to find a way to get back to it, and to stay motivated.

I’ve been looking at tips for staying motivated when exercising. Women’s Health magazine says I need to book it in. And I’m sure they’re right. What I need to do to is actually plan the fitness into my routine at least a week in advance. For me, it would probably work better if I book into a class, that way it’s harder to get out of it. I find, even if I’ve planned to do a big walk on a certain day, if no-one else is going then I just do something else instead! Apparently it’s better to have contingency plans in place too, in case circumstance cause you to cancel. You’re 40% more likely to work out if you have strategies in place to help you overcome obstacles in your way.

Another thing I’m going to consider is to treat myself once I reach a certain goal. So, for example if I can do 10,000 steps in 3 consecutive days I’ll treat myself to a manicure. Then if I can get out walking for an hour 3 times a week, (which is more difficult I find) then I could treat myself to some new workout clothes which I really fancy. I’m going to sit down and combine these two actions. I’m going to plan in the activity, and then workout what goals I need to reach and how I’m going to treat myself when I obtain them. It will be like my own little reward chart. I like the sound of that.

It’s just over 3 weeks until I’m doing the walk to Derby with some fellow bloggers in aid of Sport Relief. Two hundred bloggers are coming together to travel 3,000 miles across the UK in the hope of raising £20k. We’re getting there. The baton is making its way across the UK as we speak and they’ve raised over £12k already. Next week I’m dressing up in my Maid Marion costume to be photographed for the local paper too. It’s all becoming more real so I really need to get moving! I’ll be writing more about this adventure soon but please feel free to sponsor us in advance. That will motivate me for sure.

The ultimate treat if I can do this walk would be some new Gym Equipment, something like my very own exercise bike that I can just hop on without getting wet or cold (I know I’m a fairweather cyclist) and still get the exercise that I need. Do you think I could type whilst I cycle? Mmm, maybe not but it’s a thought.

Right, I’ll be back next week to let you know how it’s going and if I’m making some progress. Wish me luck!

My New Year’s Resolution is brought to you in Collaboration with Argos, and all comments and opinions are genuine, honest and my own.

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