Updated: Jan 15
Fitness and working out is actually a secondary passion of mine and it’s been a big part of my life for around 6 years! Believe me when I say I know how hard it is in the beginning, I was never sporty in school and I’ve always loved my food but you know what – that doesn’t mean you can’t lead a healthy and balance lifestyle.
TIP 1 – Build habits.
Honestly this is probably my most important tip, but start small, create habits that you can stick to, it could be as simple as ensuring you go for a 30 minute walk each day or you’ll replace your sugary drinks with water. A habit is something you do even without thinking, like cleaning your teeth or making your bed, it becomes programmed into us even when we don’t necessarily feel like it. I’ve made working out every morning a non-negotiable habit for me and it’s helped me so much!!
TIP 2 – Find something you love & mix it up.
Working out doesn’t need to be boring, nor does it need to be confined to going on runs or lifting weights in the gym (unless you love that of course). It’s so important to find an activity or workout that you love otherwise it’s unlikely you’ll stick to it when you’re lacking motivation. You could try hiking, swimming, team sport, dancing, gym classes, yoga, cross fit, weight lifting and of course track and field style activities – there is so much to choose from! As long as you are moving your body and enjoying what you do, that’s what is important. Another point to add is that it’s always a good idea to mix it up if you find yourself getting bored, for example I love weight lifting but if I find myself lacking motivation, I tend to mix it up with a hike or a gym class to give me a boost.
TIP 3 – Create a fire playlist.
Music is one hell of a motivator; I don't know about you but there is nothing better than getting into the gym and listening to a fresh playlist with new music. I actually create different playlists dependent on what I’m doing. If I’m doing High Intensity Training or some form of cardio I have a specific playlist with super upbeat music to keep me going. Whereas my weight lifting playlist consists of more gritty, powerful music to keep me motivated when I’m struggling. Whatever your favourite music is, keep your playlist up-to-date and blast it during whatever workout you like to do – it’s a game changer I promise.
TIP 4 – Look and feel your best.
For me personally I love treating myself to new gym outfits - now obviously only do this if you are able to, if you can’t afford new workout gear maybe mix up your current gym outfits. Whatever you do make sure you feel confident, I feel super confident whenever I’m wearing a cute gym outfit but for you maybe it’s doing your hair nicely or wearing a little makeup or perfume. Do not let others shame you for wanting to look and feel your best while you work out, I think it’s totally down to the person and what makes them happy!
TIP 5 – Track your progress.
Now this does not mean weighing yourself! Personally, I’ve stopped weighing myself completely as it fluctuates too much and to be perfectly honest it doesn’t make me feel good about myself. You need to track your progress in a way that suits you, whether that’s taking measurements or progress pics for an aesthetic goal, or tracking the improvements during workouts. I prefer the latter, once you start to see your endurance or your strength improve its addictive and you can’t wait to continue! Similarly, if it is an aesthetic goal you’re after, progress pictures are an amazing way to clearly track your progress.
Let me know in the comments below if these tips were helpful and if you’re going to try any of them out!
Lots of love