Exercise: two simple fitness strategies to increase your motivation

Hit an exercise plateau? Feeling uninspired and unmotivated to workout? Here are two surefire strategies to get your fitness back on track.

1.    Set Goals

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By setting specific goals and having a structured plan of how to achieve them the fact that the weather is cold or your schedule is busy become irrelevant. When you set a goal and want it badly enough, the usual exercise excuses won’t get in your way. Set specific goals and make sure you can monitor your progress. It’s also important to have a clear date in mind to achieve them. An open-ended goal is simply an idea and won’t come into fruition until you commit to a start and completion date. What’s your goal?

TOP TIP – Pick something specific you really want to work on, an outcome that will keep you pushing really hard and make it your passion. If you don’t have a goal already set one today and tell a friend who will support you all the way.

2.    Try a fitness challenge with friends

We are all social creatures and a little more competitive than we realise. This can be harnessed to improve your fitness by inviting a few friends or colleagues to join you in a workout challenge. Train together, push each other, support each other and use a little friendly competition to drive you. Celebrate your results and strengthened friendship come summer when you all have achieved great results.

TOP TIP – Join a training group together to find more like-minded people to push, support and compete with.

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Neil Russell
Neil Russell is the founder of ATLETA and one of the most highly qualified, experienced and sought after trainers in Sydney. He has trained Hollywood celebrities, models, top athletes and high profile corporate clients. He started working in the fitness industry as a gym instructor in 2001, while studying Human Movement Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). In 2004, he spent hours performing physiological testing on athletes in the UTS human performance laboratory and wrote his thesis examining the physiology of team sports performance. For his research paper he received a First Class Honours Degree. Since completing his major work, Neil has built a reputation of being an authority on exercise and sports performance training having had a number of articles published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. He is currently the resident expert exercise consultant for Weight Watchers magazine, and has featured in other publications such as CLEO, Men’s Style and Woman’s Day. Neil also lectures at the State Sport Centre (ACPE) and has taught at UTS and UNSW. As an Exercise Physiologist Neil is able to safely help professional athletes and his personal training clients achieve their individual goals, even when they present with an injury or chronic pain. Boasting unparalleled professional experience and knowledge, combined with his passion for maximizing his clients physical and psychological wellbeing, Neil is the ideal person to help you achieve your goals.