Routines can be hard to get back into.
Unless you don’t stop your routine, it can be a challenge to find motivation to stick to it.
Whether that’s going back to school after a summer of sleeping in and fun or going to regular rehearsals for a band and choir after having the summer off, no doubt it takes some time to get used to it.
It’s important to stay active all the time, but summers can be busy and oftentimes people don’t regularly get some exercise. Now this isn’t the case for all people. In fact a lot of people will get regular exercise year-round, such as sticking with a fitness class or going for a daily walk.
Of course we all need vacation time and there are many things to do in the summer. I am fully in support of this, which is why we need to find ways to motivate ourselves to get physical exercise.
After a while it will become routine and after a certain amount of time, routine will become habit. The time it takes is unique to you.
Now that it’s September, it’s another great time to get back into a routine.
I don’t believe summer is over, but for all the kids back at school it would certainly seem it is over. With the start-up of school also comes the start-up of rehearsals, club and group meetings and fitness classes.
For example, this past week YaraCentre offered a few free fitness classes for people to try before regular programming begins on Monday.
I tried one of YaraCentre’s new classes this week. I’d never done any type of fitness activity at YaraCentre before. I’d been there many times, sure, but it was always to cover something for the Times-Herald.
I didn’t even think I was looking for another fitness class because I still go to yoga every week at The Yoga Loft (unless, as noted earlier, I am out of town on vacation).
But I thought the YaraCentre class sounded fun so I decided to give it a try. The class, which lasted nearly an hour, was definitely a full-body workout, but I enjoyed it. Next thing I knew I’d registered and paid for the class.
Sometimes motivation can come when you try something once and find you enjoy it. Sometimes motivation can come because you have a goal and you want to stay fit. Sometimes motivation can come because you’ve paid money for a class and want to get your money’s worth.
Sometimes motivation can come from other people. One of my friends posted an update on Facebook saying he joined Gold’s Gym and the staff made him feel welcome.
He added he’s excited to try group classes and is feeling motivated. He shared his thanks with another friend for providing him with information.
Group classes are great, by the way. You’re not alone and the class can become a way to meet new people.
There are a lot of great fitness centres and facilities in the city and, in my experience so far, all of them have been great and the staff and instructors have been extremely friendly.
Motivation can come in many forms and there is no universal solution to motivate everyone.
Each of us finds motivation in different ways. It doesn’t matter how we find it, only that we do.
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