Wednesday, 28 January 2015

My Fitness Motivation

I've been really into fitness for a while now. When I get into it I really enjoy it and it makes me feel great. I've always enjoyed healthy food and I find exercise a really great stress relief.

I know at this time of year people have started their health kick and it's around now they start to struggle. I just wanted to share a couple of tips of mine to keep yourself going.

Be realistic
You're not going to drop from a 14 to a 6 just by cutting out fizzy drinks. You won't drop a dress size by going to the gym once a week and still eating rubbish every day. 
Visible results are not going to happen overnight. They say it takes 4 weeks for you to notice a change, 8 weeks for your friends to notice and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice. These things take time. But you will feel the health benefits inside a lot quicker, which still feels great.

Don't be too hard on yourself
I admit I'm convinced I feel 'soft' after a few days rest and I hate it but I know its all in my mind. Resting the body is a good thing to give it a chance to repair and for it to be in the best shape for the next work out.

Make it fun

If you dread working out you are not going to do it. You'll make every excuse you can. And if it's first thing in the morning it's hard enough to get up and exercise anyway, if it's something you find a chore you will give up very quickly. There's so many options out there, mix it up a bit, maybe try yoga, pilates, a water aerobics class (which I find really fun!) or a dance class. Vary it a bit, don't do the same work out every day as it will feel repetitive. 

Treat yourself
If you look the part you feel the part! Buy yourself some nice work out gear to get you motivated. There's some great pieces on the high street that are really affordable. Gym-Talk have some great slogan tops for working out too.The 'Witness the fitness' and 'Drop it like a squat' tank tops are brilliant and they're on £16.99 so are really affordable. I love my 'Strong is the new Skinny' vest*, it's a  motto I really believe in, while to some I might look like I don't need to work out (I hate when people say that) being stronger is only a good thing, especially for me having a heavy 2 year old to lug about!  


Change your eating habits too
Fitness alone isn't going to solve all your problems. And while 'eat less, more more' makes sense there's more to it. Eat the foods that give you energy when you need it, snack on fruit to get rid of the sugar craving, drink a glass of water to see if you really are hungry. If you think you are eating fine then start a food diary, then really look at it. I was surprised how much pasta and bread I used to eat in the same meal, it just wasn't needed. I didn't realise how many sugary drinks I used to have a day too. Sometimes you do these things without even noticing. Even some minor differences like smaller portions make a huge difference.

Be inspired
Follow instagram accounts, when you don't feel like working out a picture of toned legs or abs always give me the kick up the bum to get out of bed.

Document your progress

Some might not like this one. But you should be proud that you are doing your body some good.  I post up my work out pics not only for the push from my followers but for me to see how I'm doing, I can look back on my pics and see how far I've come and over what time period. 
At times I've had people say I've motivated them to work out that day too which is great to hear.


Don't make excuses

If you think you have no time make some time. Get up  half an hour earlier, there's loads of quick and easy work outs you can do each morning. If your kids will be in the way find something they can get involved in, run around, dance, play football,  take a walk and do some stretches. M can massively wear me out just through a silly playing session and we love a good dance!

Don't deprive yourself

Give yourself a treat, you worked out 5 times this week and have eaten healthy food every day- well then a big pasta dinner and a glass of wine is well deserved! Don't stick to food you don't like, and don't cut out food groups -you'll never enjoy what you're doing and the second you eat something 'bad' you'll pile a load of weight on anyway as your body will cling to it. Try and make your healthy food something you enjoy, adding spices is a really easy way to give your food a bit of flavour and make it a bit more exciting.

Do it for the right reasons

You want to be thinner?  Want to be stronger? You just want to be able to run for the bus without needing a doctor afterwards? It's all fine. Whether it's a few dress sizes or you just want that bulge over your jeans to go away and you'll be happy it's all down to you. But make sure it's you that you're doing it for. It's your body, this hard work is only worth it if you feel good for it.

Drink lots of water

It fuels you, fills you up, gives you better skin and it's free. Water is good!

So I hope that helped a bit and didn't sound patronising. I'm by no means a fitness guru, I just enjoy looking after myself and it's making me feel happier. 

What's your fitness motivation?


1 comment:

  1. I think being realistic is the most important one, and making goals that are still challenging but you can still realistically achieve - that means you'll always reach your goals and end up having even more motivation!

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