January already feels well behind us and those New Years resolutions seem a long time ago. If one of yours was to get fit in 2018 then by now the excitement of a new beginning is wearing off and the long slog continues.
I completely fell off the fitness bandwagon when I graduated university, suddenly I had no on-site gym and a membership was well out of my price range. Alongside starting full-time work and the days seeming ever darker and more dreary I was finding it hard to muster any form of motivation.
But don’t despair! I’ve managed to get back into it and here’s how you can too.
Setting a realistic goal
New years resolutions are basically a year-long goal, and a year is a very long time. The most effective goals are short-term goals, ones in which you can see a progression and not lose motivation. Instead of setting a goal to work-out 3 times a week for a year, try 3 times a week for a month or even a week. Having more attainable goals keeps me in the mindset of success and spurs me on to do more.
Get some new gear
Part of getting healthy is living an active lifestyle, and by wearing active-wear you’re putting yourself in the best position to do this. You’re not going to squeeze in a quick workout if it means squeezing out of your jeans and into your sports bra. Try wearing your active-wear around the house and it will seem a lot easier to fit in your workouts. Also, invest in work-out clothes that are suitable for the weather, I seemed to own a lot of sheer tops and leggings but nothing to keep me warm in the cold dreary winter months. Check out brands such as Hunkemoller for pretty yet practical active-wear. They do all the usual pretty leggings and sports-bras but also have a fantastic range of warm and affordable outerwear such as these gorgeous limited edition fleece lined boyfriend sweat-pants. They’re the most beautiful dusky pink colour with an adorable tie front which elevates them from the usual sweatpant style. They’re perfect for those colder days when you want to feel all snuggly without spending the entire day in your duvet. Designed in collaboration with the model Doutzen, they’re stylish, comfortable and practical.
Spice it up
One of the reasons I tend to fall off the wagon is through boredom. I was seeing great results using the Emily Skye FIIT Programme but once I came to the end and was faced with repeating it I just lost my mojo. Reading fitness blogs and following fitness Youtubers such as Carly Rowena, Whitney Simmons, and Sarahs Day helped me find it again by seeing fitness as a lifestyle, not just a means to an end. If you tend to workout indoors, get outside, a change of scenery can be all it takes to relight your fire.
The thing I always forget about fitness is it doesn’t need to be all about gruelling workouts – taking the stairs more, walking to the next bus-stop along and doing something fun like yoga or boxing are all ways to increase your heart rate without feeling like you’re exercising.
What are your fitness tips for getting back on track?