New Year, Same You

With it being a New Year you might feel a bit more inspired to make a change in your life. You might feel motivated to increase your exercise, if you're a bit of a couch potato then start off by walking a few times a week and gradually introduce jogging by a few minutes walking followed by a few minutes jogging.

If you're already pretty active, then try giving yourself a new goal such as aiming towards a new personal best or even try a new class out.

There are so many more benefits to exercise than getting in shape, here's a few:

  • It melts away stress
  • Gives you energy
  • Boosts brainpower
  • Can help build friendships, with a spouse, siblings, or an old friend
  • Helps ward off disease

Here are some ways to keep you on track if you're struggling a bit with motivation

Reward Yourself

If you're not motivated by 'getting healthy' then try rewarding yourself with your favourite smoothie or watch an episode of your favourite TV show. If you do this often enough it should trigger a 'habit loop' which means that when you get your running gear on, your brain will know there is a reward latched onto them.

Sign a 'Commitment' Contract

We're more likely to follow through with something if we commit to do it in front of friends. You could even give them £5 every time you miss a workout.

Rethink Positive Thinking

You've got to mentally imagine the benefits of exercising for this one to work. Such as imagining the sun on your face when you're out running.

This should convince you to at least get out of bed. Another example is if you're struggling to go to the gym after work, then discover what the problem is and start to go to the gym before work or during your lunchtime break.

If you haven't already, sign up to our 2016 challenge 'here' and choose one of the options that will challenge your current abilities so that by the time March comes around you can really push yourself.

Tweet or Facebook us to let us know how you stay motivated!

About 5x50

5x50 Challenge started with a vision to make people who are inactive become more active. Challengers become part of something that inspires, motivates, encourages you to live a healthier lifestyle. 5x50 Challenges are open to all. Individuals or groups regardless of age, health condition/ disability or fitness level can take part.

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