You may know by now that I have been sick with the flu these past few weeks (I mean I only mentioned it the last two blog posts.. I never get sick, it was a big deal, ok??!) One of the things I missed the most during the great sickness of 2015 (apart from my appetite.. not enjoying/wanting food really took away a lot of joy from my life!) was my daily exercise. As far as I can remember I have never taken two weeks off from exercising. In saying that though when it came to the crunch (crunch, get it?!) the motivation to get back into it and start exercising again was severely lacking!
I know a lot of people struggle with the motivation to start exercising too so I thought I would share some of the things I did to get me back in the saddle again.. (So to speak, please note: horse riding is not by preferred method of fitness!)
1. Cute workout clothes – I know, I know.. how superficial, but it actually works, if you feel good about yourself, you are more likely to want to exercise. So ensuring your workout wardrobe is just as stylish as your regular clothes definitely helps!
2. Start slow – A massive, sweat inducing, high intensity workout can be daunting at the best of times, so try breaking it down to start with, maybe 20 minutes the first day, and slowly add time and intensity levels each day.
3. Reward – This one is pretty self explanatory. Do the workout, get a reward. Set yourself little goals for the week and reward yourself with a delicious treat or a new piece of active wear when you reach the goal!
4. Inspiration – I hate to say it because there are some really, really unrealistic expectations when it comes to body shape by comparing yourself to others BUT I think that finding a healthy, fit source of inspiration is an excellent source of motivation.
5. Keep your eye on the bigger picture – It takes 21 days to form a habit, right? Exercising regularly is a habit everyone should be forming, in my opinion, so remind yourself that every day you can get through a workout brings you one step closer to leading an active and healthy lifestyle by incorporating fitness into your weekly routine!
Oh and of course I couldn’t finish this post without throwing in a cheeky bonus tip: