It’s still really surprising to hear girls talk in the changing rooms about losing weight like it’s a switch they hit – that achieving a beach body can be this week’s target ready for next week’s holiday. Hello celery diet! (Yeah, definitely don’t a celery diet – does one exist? I’m not even going to Google it). Good fitness, and healthy bodies, transpire from
10 minute read for those struggling with motivation to exercise
I read alot of different fitness articles and I’m training up as a personal trainer at the moment so I’m getting closer to understanding the mysteries of the body and the way it clings onto love handles. I’ve learnt that all the fittest bodies transpire from a regular routine that becomes so automatic that you find yourself tying up your shoelaces at 7am in the morning and don’t even question it. Our bodies respond best to routine, it means that we are disciplining ourselves and leaves less room for subjective feelings and poor excuses – our lifestlye is ran with routines and that keeps us in check.
In the world of personal training, recreational exercise for the sake of it is kind of pointless, we like to set goals to motivate and keep people on the straight and narrow. Setting a goal also helps measure improvement and help reduce injury so there is definite value in entering in for a charity race or corporate event to keep your mind focused on something. If that’s not really your cup of tea then picture yourself lying on the sun lounger, looking down and feeling proud of yourself for the work you’ve put in. Start thinking like this sooner rather than later, last minute planning leaves little time for establishing a routine and leads to injury, it encourages a short burst of exercise not a long term habit and exercise routine.
I recently had a week where I overdid it, I went to the gym after a physically intense weekend and I came away and crumpled on my bedroom floor, overwhelmed by tiredness. The rest of the week was a write off, I went from being super fitness enthusiast to an anti-fitness who still loved to eat everything she was eating before. Not okay. Since then I promised I’d make small changes by creating a simple routine that factored in rest and recovery – this involved making fitness promises. My first one was simple, go to a circuits class again. I hadn’t been to an organised class in ages due to injury rehabilitation so this week was going to mark my return.
Foresee a particular event where you’ll want to look your best or pick out a 5k run that’s atleast 8 weeks away and make a pact with yourself that next week will be the first week for that fitness promise. Don’t throw yourself in at the deep end because it’s not sustainable and you’ll just end up hating exercise all over again. Instead, just do one more workout than you’d normally do.