Staying motivated to keep fit during the summer season 

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Health Assured team

08 July 2022

When temperatures start to rise, the nights get longer, and social events become ever more frequent, it can be difficult to maintain your usual fitness routine. 

You might find yourself in a motivation slump, short on time and falling off track with your goals. Try not to let this dishearten you. Managing work, physical wellbeing, finances, relationships, and personal commitments take time and energy. Things are always changing, and, naturally, these changes will somehow impact your routine.

Motivation comes in peaks and troughs too. Some days it will be easier to head out on your run or post-work workout than others. When you become aware of this fact, you can more easily anticipate these moments— and prepare for them. There are ways to keep up your routine and stick to your usual schedule despite interruptions. Below we’ve put together some tips to keep you motivated over the summer season this year.

 

Just start 

Often the most challenging part of any exercise routine is getting started. Once you get the ball rolling with a couple of minutes of your chosen activity, you’re more likely to get in the flow and feel engaged with what you’re doing.

Motivation tends to come after you’ve started your activity. You just need to take that first step. Make this step as easy as possible for yourself by preparing everything you can. Pack your workout clothes the night before, go to a class at the same time each week or make your run the first thing you do in the morning. Preparation eliminates distractions and navigates a path of least resistance to your goal.

 

Remember your why 

Keep in mind why you started. Was it the mood boost you get afterwards? A goal to get stronger? Or maybe you’re training for an upcoming event. Either way, remembering your why can often provide the little boost needed to get you where you need to be. Focus on how you’ll feel after your workout and the plus that you’ll be a small step closer to achieving your goals.

 

Every little counts 

Even if you don’t play your best game or you don’t lift as heavy weights as you usually do, you showed up—and that’s a victory worth celebrating. You might need to cut your activity short because of other commitments, or maybe you drop a day to enjoy an evening in the sunshine instead. Don’t let one bad day become a bad week. Beating yourself up about missing a day or two isn’t worth it when you look at it over a long period of time. The main thing that counts is consistency, so pick back up from where you started and try again.

 

Switch it up 

Feeling demotivated to go and plough through your usual routine? Mix things up and get active by trying something new. It could be making the most of the sunny days with a long hike, finding a local park run or taking a new class you’ve never tried before. Typically when engaging in new activities, your focus is higher as you’re required to pay more attention to the novel task. You might not have completed your usual routine. But you got up and moving—and that’s the main thing.  

 

Do it together 

Get a group together or ask a friend to join you in an activity. If your routine is starting to feel more like a chore, finding new ways to mix it up by doing it with a partner can keep the enjoyment flowing. Plus, social connections boost mood and mental wellbeing, so you’re improving your health in other ways at the same time.

 

Health Assured can help you stay fit and healthy 

Our mental and physical health experts can help you stay on track with your goals. If you’ve been feeling low in motivation or need someone to talk to—don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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