In terms of exercise routines, you’re more likely to stick to it if it’s fun. I found a sport that I love and made it my job, so in many ways I got lucky. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a professional athlete to enjoy fitness. Play around with different activities until you find ones that jell. You might find the pool is more inviting than a treadmill, or that free weights work better with your body than weight machines.
Lifestyle is also important when establishing a sustainable fitness routine. Of course, if you have kids and a demanding job, you’ll need to factor in the unexpected. But it’s never any use saying, “I’ll come home from work, say a quick hello to the family, and then maybe exercise for an hour.” Your days are full of routine – getting out of bed, taking a shower, brushing your teeth. Look at exercise with the same mindset: it’s an everyday activity that you should file under ‘essential’, even if it’s three or four workouts a week. If you don’t have a concrete plan to exercise, you’re setting yourself up to fail.
When it comes to achieving fitness goals, you also need to be well rested. This might seem like a no-brainer, but amazingly around 40 per cent of Australians aren't getting enough sleep. A solid sleep routine – which largely come down to going to bed and waking up at the same time every day – gives you the energy to work out and the structure to keep at it.