It’s that time of year again. No, not New Years, rather that dreaded second week after the New Year holiday. You’ve eaten and drank too much and doing so, made resolutions to make changes in 2018. Now, 11 days into the New Year resolutions made so, well, resolutely, are starting to look a bit more daunting now that you have to actually put the trainers on and start pounding the pavement.

Well, it’s not too late to make good on the resolution and here’s the top five tips to motivate everyone in Kampala who needs some help getting out of bed, off the couch, or out of that chair.

  1. Set a realistic goal and look at it every day: If you don’t know where you’re trying to get to you won’t feel a sense of progress or accomplishment upon reaching it. It’s motivating to see the kilos coming off or to feel more energy but it’s not always going to be fun getting there. You’ll need hard work and determination and being able to keep your goal in mind will help you get there.
  2. Sign up for a class: Kampala is FILLED with different gyms and classes (don’t believe us? We had so many gyms to write about we had to divide the city! Check out the gyms on the South Side here:  http://www.inkampala.com/check-out-the-south-side-gyms/ and the North Side gyms here: http://www.inkampala.com/check-out-the-north-side-gyms/. If hitting the gym isn’t your style then try Yoga (http://www.inkampala.com/kampala-embraces-yoga/), golf (http://www.inkampala.com/golf-ugandas-best-kept-secret/), tennis (http://www.inkampala.com/tennis-courts-around-kampala/), or even Salsa dancing (http://www.inkampala.com/salsa-taking-kampala-by-storm/).  And with Kampala’s near-perfect weather there’s no reason not to go for a walk or swim any time of year!
  3. Get some motivational music: Music is a great motivator and if you have a smart phone or MP3 player you have an easy way to listen to some music while you exercise. Fitness magazine has published the top 100 workout songs here: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/music/popular-playlists/the-fitness-top-100-workout-songs/. Or you can visit www.jog.fm and put in your running pace and they’ll give you song suggestions to match it. You can also make music your reward by allowing yourself to buy a new album or playlist every time you reach a milestone toward your goal.
  4. Get a buddy: It’s much easier to quit if no one knows that you’re trying to reach a goal. Tell someone. You don’t have to publicise it to everyone but tell a close friend what your goal is and ask them to help you reach it. This could be as simple as them checking in and encouraging you or, who knows, they might want to join you! It’s far easier to get up for that run or walk if you know that someone will be disappointed if you don’t turn up. It’s also less daunting to walk into that new fitness class with someone else.
  5. Get moving and keep moving: Remember Newton’s Laws of Motion from school? A body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest tends to stay at rest. The same goes for you. There’s no time like the present. You don’t have to start big or fast but you do have to start and that might as well be today. Go for that walk on your lunch hour, get up just a bit earlier, take the stairs. And whatever you do, keep going.  Need some more inspiration? Check out these quotes: http://pinterest.com/fitsugar/inspirational-fitness-quotes/.

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