During winter, we can all struggle with our fitness and motivation. When the weather turns colder, it can be hard to find the energy to resist that extra hour in bed. The sound of the alarm clock no longer signals the start of a bright new day, but instead resembles a war siren; a call to battle from which there’s no escape. Dramatic? Maybe a bit, but for those fighting the early days of changing their lifelong habits, things can and do occasionally feel this way!
If you are new to fitness and are just starting to try and build up a regular workout routine, now might be the time that you need a little extra help. Or even for those who want to shape up and get a little bit fitter ready for summer.
There are lots of little ways that you can change your mindset and find motivational tips and tricks to help you on your new journey. Some of them are simple and others, a little more in depth. Together they could help you to reach your fitness and health goals faster.
Changing your attitude = changing your life
So, you’ve decided that you want to get fit? Now it’s just a case of putting the plan into action. Simple right? Well, not always. For some, those first steps are actually the hardest part of their journey to better fitness.
Whether you are trying to lose weight, get fitter or just tone up, you have made a conscious decision to start making changes. However daunting that might feel at the moment, take comfort in the fact that you are on the right track!
The key thing to remember is that you will need to change some of your old habits. For the first few weeks, you’ll need to change your attitude towards exercise and food a little bit too. From remembering to drink more water, to exercising more, these things will all play their part, and it really isn’t as scary as it sounds. Just break everything down into manageable steps and you’ll be fine.
Start slowly and build your confidence
Try to bear in mind that Rome wasn’t built in a day. You can start slowly and gradually build up your own pace as time goes by. Gaining your confidence takes a little while for some. Finding some exciting workout routines and a few good starting points that make you feel happy within yourself is a good place to begin.
Having confidence that you are doing something positive, not something to be laughed at for is something we all need to remember. You might even inspire someone else to get involved with you. A workout buddy is always a good thing, as you can spur each other on. This works well when one of you is having a down day, and the other is full of motivation. Use it to your advantage!
Find the things that you enjoy
We are all going to have certain aspects of fitness and working out that we like more than others. If you hate cardio, but love weights then try to find a class that will let you make the most of your likes.
Finding a good gym and a supportive instructor or class is essential. You want to find someone who pushes you hard, but doesn’t make you feel inadequate each time you turn up for a session! Having good chemistry with any teacher or instructor that you’ll be spending a lot of time with is key to your enjoyment and success.
If you have a family, then why not try getting them involved in your fitness regime? This doesn’t mean that you need to start dragging them to classes with you. Try to arrange a family walk or run. Walking the dog can be great fun, and the kids won’t even realise that they are exercising.
Another fun way to exercise is by going for a long family bike ride. Pick a good spot and take water and a few healthy veggies to eat as a snack if you stop for a break. You could even bring a picnic blanket and make a day of it!
Motivational music and technology
These days, there is an app for everything. Make the most of this and use it to help motivate you. Make yourself a motivational music playlist and add all of your favourite tracks to it.
If you are going to listen to music and run, then find yourself a pair of good quality headphones for running that won’t pop out of your ears every five minutes. It is also worth investing in a good pair of running trainers to support your ankles and the arch of your foot.
Wear good clothing that moves with your body and doesn’t restrict your movement. There are various options for both cold and warm weather, depending on the season and where you live.
Apps like Runkeeper are perfect for recording how far you’ve been running (or walking), and you can keep track of your stats easily for future reference. There is even the option to post them on your facebook page.
Don’t forget to treat yourself
It is important to let yourself have a small treat every now and again. A little piece of chocolate isn’t going to kill you (everything in moderation) and if you don’t want sweet treats then why not buy yourself something nice?
Often, rewarding yourself with a new piece of jewellery, or clothing that now fits you, feels better than anything else!
However you decide to treat yourself, just remember that life is meant to be enjoyed, so don’t deprive yourself of everything, or you’ll soon feel like giving up. There are plenty of support groups that will help you on your way.
Social networking websites like facebook and Instagram are full of daily inspirational posts, images and recipe ideas that will also help.
If you are enjoying what you are doing, then don’t give up until you’ve reached your goal. You’ll soon be thrilled with the rewarding health and fitness benefits you’ll see.