Motivational Lifestyle and Exercise Tips

Chartered Physiotherapist Aiveen Lavery

Aiveen Lavery MISCP

 

Motivational Lifestyle and Exercise Tips

  • Think Positive

Healthy PeopleBefore you get out of bed each morning, remind yourself that you have another opportunity to make yourself better than what you were the day before. Each morning, we all have a choice, we can choose to be happy or we can choose to be unhappy. Take an active role in making yourself happy. The same principles apply to exercise; it’s your own choice. The hardest part is getting to the starting line. When you’re finished, you never think to yourself ‘I wish I hadn’t of done that’. Think positive and positive things will happen – believe in yourself.  

  • Get into a routine

Once you get into a routine for anything it makes life a lot easier. Research studies show that if you exercise at the same time every day, it might help you improve more quickly. Other studies have also shown that if you exercise in the morning, you are more likely to stick with your workout. Personally, I find morning workouts great. It’s a positive start to the day and I won’t miss out if other distractions decide to creep up later in the day. Making exercise a habit will take time and practice but before you know it, your brain will learn that it’s time to workout – not time to make excuses.

  • Listen to audiobooks

I really enjoy reading books but due to lack of time, my reading list grows steadily longer and longer.  I tend to listen to audiobooks when I exercise and during long car journeys. This allows me to get a lot more ‘reading’ done than normal. If you don’t like reading books, this can be a really fun and different addition to your workout. It can even encourage you to workout more as you might want to continue listening to hear what happens next in the story. 

  • Record your successes

Write down what you have completed at the end of the day in a journal or diary. This allows you to see what you have achieved and can be good to look back on to see how well you’ve done. It can give you daily inspiration and motivation to think positive, do well and progress even further. Remember successful people never dwell in a negative mind-set.

  • Surround yourself with motivation

This can serve as a constant reminder for you. It can help give you a voice of encouragement in your ear, helping you stay focused and energized to overcome any obstacle. Motivation can be through quotes, pictures, inspiring books or people. Two of my favourite self-help books are ‘As a Man Thinketh’ by James Allen and ‘The Slight Edge’ by Jeff Olson.
A few of my favourite quotes are: “Nothing changes if nothing changes”,  “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right” and “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be”. 

 

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Many thanks for reading,

Chartered Physiotherapist Aiveen Lavery

Chartered Physiotherapist Aiveen Lavery

Aiveen Lavery MISCP

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