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The Insanely Simple, Straightforward Tip That Helps Me Stay Active

Sometimes, getting motivated can be as easy as changing your outfit. That's the lesson I learned from one of my most active, put-together friends a few years ago when we were talking about how in the world she stays in shape. She's the type of person who manages to keep up a wildly busy schedule while also eating well, maintaining a spotless house, and working out regularly, so when I asked for the secret behind her endless energy, I couldn't believe how simple and straightforward her advice turned out to be.

Put on trainers, she said. Keep a pair by the door, and when you get home from work, put them on right away — before you can be lured in by your cosy sofa or make your way to the stocked fridge. You'll find yourself moving around a bit more, she said, whether that means cleaning up around the house, doing some chores, or deciding to toss on shorts and a t-shirt to head to the gym.

I was sceptical, and I knew there was obviously more to it than a pair of trainers. Still, I decided to give it a try.

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After a couple weeks, I was sold. And listen, I'm not going to say the tip changed my life, but it . . . sort of did? That split-second decision to put on trainers seemed to trigger a let's-get-sh*t-done kind of energy, and the conscious choice to move around — rather than plopping in front of the TV or grabbing a snack — made me much more active each day. I found myself checking things off my to-do list left and right, whether it was organising a wardrobe or cooking healthy meals or staying on top of the laundry pile. When I woke up on weekend mornings feeling particularly lazy, I'd force myself to put on my trainers and I'd feel guilty if I didn't get moving.

Even better: I found myself choosing to work out way more frequently. It's as if putting on trainers after work channelled the days of throwing on my football uniform after school. Once the shoes were on, I'd get a weird, surprising burst of energy (or a clearer focus?) that prompted me to finish changing clothes and go for a run, try an online workout, or head to the gym. In other words, it worked.

Her tip fell along the same lines as laying out your workout clothes the night before. Something about taking that first, small step helps to spark the next step and the next, until you eventually find yourself running around the house to finish chores or sweating it out on the treadmill. Either way, it gets you moving and feeling positive, and every little bit helps, right?

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