How to keep mo­ti­vated over Christ­mas


Sum­mer is here. With deca­dent food beck­on­ing and lay­ing on the beach a top pri­or­ity, Cigna Round the Bays can seem far away. But it pays not to for­get your train­ing or you could re­gret be­ing at that start-line un­der trained.

Here are four tips to keep you and the kids mo­ti­vated over Christ­mas:

1. Be mind­ful to move ev­ery day. Get out­doors and do some­thing phys­i­cal. Walk to a lo­cal park, go cy­cling, prac­tice some ball skills or play foot­ball or cricket. All these things will get the whole fam­ily mov­ing, puff­ing and smil­ing – and hav­ing fun.

2. Set a daily re­minder on your phone to make sure you do some­thing phys­i­cal. If you have a smart watch, use that to reach a tar­get num­ber of steps daily. I love do­ing my ex­er­cise in the morn­ing and then it’s done. That way, I don’t feel guilty when I’m sit­ting on the beach later. But just fit in ex­er­cise when it fits in with your fam­ily.

3. Write up the fam­ily’s goals each week and tick them off. It could be three lots of ex­er­cise for the kids, and two or three walks or runs for the adults. Let the kids choose their ac­tiv­i­ties – so they are more in­spired to do them. At the end of each week have a re­ward for those who achieved their tar­get. The re­ward doesn’t need to be big or ex­pen­sive. The lit­tle ones might look for­ward to choos­ing a cool sticker or stamp. I some­times re­ward my older kids with ex­tra time on their dig­i­tal de­vices. Re­mem­ber life is all about bal­ance.

4. Get the kids to write a diary each week. They could write a line, or draw a pic­ture, about their train­ing that week and what they en­joyed or achieved. This could help them to keep fo­cused.


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Col­umn by Rachel Grunwell, Cigna Health and Well­be­ing Am­bas­sador - a run­ner, qual­i­fied yoga teacher and di­rec­tor of life­style web­site In­ Fol­low her per­sonal jour­ney to get race-ready with her fam­ily on Face­book: In­spiredHealthNZ and In­sta­gram: @In­spired­healthand­fit­ness.

Cricket is a great way to get the fam­ily mov­ing.

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