Scrolling through Instagram is sometimes enough to motivate us to get to the gym. Our Instagram feed is full of fitness fanatics who never seem to lack motivation. This isn’t true though, people only show what they want to show on Instagram so it is important to remember these people do run out of energy and can also lack motivation!
Everyone has those months were they are feeling less motivated. Most of the time motivation and consistency is never a problem for us, we look forward to going to the gym in the morning, but we do notice it takes us a little bit longer to get out of bed during those cold winter months.
We love the lifestyle we lead and we never desire another routine or lifestyle. When we have a bad day at work working out really helps us regain a positive attitude. It’s our place where we can switch off from the rest of the world and just focus on our work out. 99% of the time we will leave and have a completely different view on the problems we were facing beforehand.
Below are a few tips to help keep you dedicated and motivated to your fitness regime:
Don’t stress- It’s really important you don’t stress yourself out if you cannot fit a work out in, stress can cause de motivation. Sometimes other things get in the way that you have to prioritise and that’s just life. You aren’t going to throw away all your gains just because you missed a class. On the flip side of you do miss a class don’t let this demotivate you, get back up and go again tomorrow.
Make fitness part of your life but not your life- it’s so important you have the correct balance, that’s not to say that you should feel bad for turning down an event if you have your favourite fitness class that night. If you find yourself constantly doing this you could find yourself falling out of love with fitness.We like to work out in the morning so we can plan to see our friends and family during the evening.
Eat well- when we don’t eat a healthy balanced diet our body tells us off! We wake up feeling sluggish and lethargic with little or no energy. We know our bodies don’t agree with too much sugar and salt so it is important we personally eat this in moderation. Don’t restrict yourself though as you are likely to fall off the wagon, instead eat a balanced diet treating yourself every now and then.
Find a friend- working out with a friend can be so motivating! They are there to motivate you and maybe even get you there in the first place. If you have arranged to meet a friend in the morning you are less likely to stay in bed!
Pack your bag- we always pack our bag for the next day before going to bed! We also like to place our gym clothes by the bed so we just have to pull them on and go!
Set yourself a goal- we like to set ourselves regular goals so we have something to work towards. A few examples would be: run a certain distance, lift a certain weight, do a deadlift, do a pull up etc.
What are your top tips for keeping motivated, we would like to know!
Everyone loves going on holiday right? Stupid question really how can you not. A summer holiday is something most of us look forward to throughout the year. We work hard to get ‘summer beach body ready’ so why when we get on holiday do we over indulge and let go of all our hard work. It is important to relax and enjoy yourself whilst on holiday but this doesn’t mean you have to suddenly start drinking all the larger and eating all the ice cream.
Lack of routine or escaping routine is what a holiday is all about. Enjoying lazy days by the pool were you practically spend every minute laying horizontal is pure bliss. Laying on your deck chair all day (as you should be you are on holiday) will however result in your average daily step count declining rapidly. You could help this by swimming a few lengths in the pool or going for a walk into the local town.
Hotel buffets are full of all things delicious; pancakes, waffles, pan au chocolate, croissants, fried foods and so much more it is almost impossible to say no because after all you are on holiday right? Most people might find they start the holiday off eating well and then fall into a trap and their healthy eating starts to slip. You are on holiday you should be able to over indulge but that doesn’t mean you have to go overboard.
You are likely to eat far more for dinner at a buffet style restaurant, piling your plate high with every cuisine on offer. We have decided this holiday we are going to eat a starter, main and pudding like you would in a restaurant. Choose one main dish instead of a random mixture this way you will be able to keep track and properly enjoy what is on your plate.
Hot weather is likely to dehydrate you, make sure you are drinking lots of water to ensure you do not mistake thirst for hunger. If you are still Hungary in 20 minutes then get yourself a snack.
You have worked hard all year for these holidays make sure that the only thing you come home with is a tan and not a big weight gain, no one wants to be back at square one. Saying that you should not pressure yourself too much when on holiday you should be relaxing and having the time of your life. Your healthy lifestyle shouldn’t stop you having fun and if you are stressing you will not be fully relax.