Today I want to talk about something different – Fitness. January is over now and some of you are thinking about their new year resolutions. While some of you followed their plans for the new year, some of you have to stand up to the fact that their motivation level decreased highly ( I see you!). So that’s why I’m here to help those who are struggling to keep up with their resolutions and help them get back on track with their fitness journey.
I am by no means a fitness freak or anything. In truth, I am probably the biggest anti fitness person you will ever meet. If I have the choice between stairs or lift, I’ll definitely take the lift. As most of you already read in my 20 random facts I love eating and I don’t necessarily gravitate to the healthiest things. Thanks to my very good metabolism (thank my genes!) you can’t really see my unhealthy lifestyle. After the whole Christmas bonanza, I had to face the reality that I’m no longer invincible to those extra pounds. Also, summer is slowly starting to creep around the corner and I decided to try to be at least a bit fitter. And believe me, guys motivating myself is the hardest bit for me but I thought if I can make it you can surely too right?
Do you prefer to train at home? Or do you prefer to go to the gym?
In the beginning, I thought that I can easily workout from home. It’s quite comfortable, in my usual environment and I don’t have to be “pretty”. I then quickly realized that this is not working for me. Whenever I’m was at home I felt totally unmotivated and got distracted by anything. There were a thousand things that I would rather do than do some training. This leads me to the next tip.
After I could not train at home at all, I joined the gym at my campus. As I’m living on campus it doesn’t take me long to get to the gym and I have no excuses not to go. Luckily for me, the gym is super well equipped and has everything you need.
What always helps me to stay motivated, is to go to the gym with other people. My housemate and I regularly get some morning workout done. Even if I sometimes don’t feel like going to the gym I force myself since my housemate is expecting me to come. I also have a fitness group in WhatsApp with my girls and we plan gym dates together.
If you have no idea what to do at the gym and feel a little lost, do not be discouraged. In many studios, you can engage a fitness trainer for a few hours and they will show you some exercises. Alternatively, there are also enough sites on the Internet which show you free exercises that you can easily imitate.
Doing the same exercise routine or being on the stair master every time you go the gym can be a bit boring in the long run. To get a bit of change you can book extra courses. My gym regularly offers courses such as Zumba, Yoga or Pilates. Alternatively, you can also join a sports team or running club. This makes the training much more fun and brings in some variation to your routine.
Nothing motivates you more when you see your first achievements. Whether you see the first differences in a before and after picture, you are able to increase the level on the stair master or you are able to do more repetitions of an exercise. That’s why it’s important to document everything. You can take pictures of you before or even start a fitness journal.
And last but not least: keep your goal in mind. Imagine how you are lying in the summer with your beach body on the beach. Or how you can run 5km without gasping (that’s my goal!). It’s always easier to stay motivated if you have a positive attitude.
What are your tips that help you? Leave them in the comments below!