If you’re anything like me, you may have started the year with grand plans to lose weight, and generally become one of those people who eats, sleeps, and breathes health. If you’re really like me, your enthusiasm may be dwindling by now. Across the country, there are plenty of people in the same boat. If you’re struggling, here are some tips to help you stay motivated when the novelty of your new regime starts to wear off.
I know what you’re thinking. Exercise can’t possibly be fun. But actually, it can. Not everyone finds it enjoyable to lift weights and run for miles on a treadmill, but going to the gym is just one way of getting fit. There are loads of others you can’t try if you’re bored of the exercise bike, or you’ve lost interest in the leg press. If you can find an activity that you enjoy, you’ll be much more inclined to leave the comfort of home and get your body moving. You can join classes for almost anything these days from trampolining (great trampoline park near me), and trapeze to Zumba, spinning and circuit training. I’ve recently joined the gym, and really enjoying Spinning and swimming at the minute.
Make Clever Swaps
I’ve been trying to cut down majorly on animal products so have switched to Almond milk and dairy free cheese (not as bad as it sounds). It could be a case of taking the stairs instead of the lift, or if you’re a smoker, start using an e cigarette. I’ve found that clever swaps for carbs are keeping the weight off me, courgetti or boodles are a good one to look out for! I also bought some protein powder to up my protein intake, will keep you updated on how this goes!
Have a goal in mind
In life, we always work harder if there’s a goal in sight. Perhaps you want to look incredible on your summer holiday, or you’re getting married this year. When you’re trawling through magazine pages looking at table settings or devoting your time to finding a collection of wedding invitations online, think about how you want to look when you walk down the aisle. If you have a target weight in mind or a vision of what you want to look like, this will spur you on. You could be like me and want to get back down to the weight you were. I’ve stuck some old pictures of me on the fridge. A definite deterrent of sticking my face in the fridge.
Go hard for a short period of time
If you get bored easily or struggle to find the time to fit in a workout with work and social commitments, intense sessions could be the way forward. How would you feel if you could do a workout that burned as many calories in 20 minutes as an hour-long jog? Activities like high-intensity interval training are great for those who don’t want to spend hours exercising. The sessions are short, and they fly by. They’re really hard work, and you’ll be gasping for breath by the end, but they work wonders. The aim is to raise your heart rate rapidly, and then decrease it, and repeat. You’ll know I particularly admire the lovely Joe Wickes. Check out his Instagram and Youtube, he does amazing 20 min work outs that will make you feel like you’ve worked out for a full hour! Bonus is that he’s also a bit of a dish.
It’s dark and miserable outside, and the last thing you want to do is put on your trainers and work out. However, you’ve got goals to achieve, and once you’ve made the decision to go, you won’t regret it. I always find that the hardest thing is getting up or getting to the gym. Once I’m there I really enjoy it.
Remember why you’re putting in the effort, and try and vary the exercises you do. Do something fun or take friends along. If you get bored easily, investigate intensive exercises and short workouts. Good luck!