Department of Health & Human Services Premiers Active April
10 tips to make getting active enjoyable
Physical activity should be fun. If you’re enjoying being active, you’ll find it much easier sticking to your goals.
Here are some tips to enjoy exercise
Think positive. See it as an opportunity, not a chore.
Ask a friend, family member or trainer to join you to help keep you motivated. The activity will be more enjoyable and you are less likely to opt out if you have a commitment to meet someone.
Join a local club. This can be an effective way to schedule regular activity and gain the support of a team of people with the same goals and interests who can provide encouragement and motivation.
Get involved in your neighbourhood. Your local community probably has lots of opportunities to be active – from leisure centres and sports clubs to parks, trails, swimming pools and classes.
Increase activity time and intensity gradually. If you push too hard or too fast, you may burn out or get injured. Try not to be impatient – the results will come. Taking shortcuts may defeat your long-term efforts.
Set yourself a challenge by trying a new activity or entering a community fun run.
Include a mix of activities to provide variety, new challenges and work those muscles you didn’t even know you had!
Be realistic. Set short-term goals that are achievable and that you can measure, as well as longer-term goals.
Review your progress regularly and focus on what you have achieved.
Reward yourself. Celebrate your efforts and achievements to give you some impetus to keep going. Treat yourself to something you enjoy, but make sure your rewards match your healthy lifestyle!