These fitness motivation tips are the ones I find most useful and they usually help me to go back on track once I’ve fallen off the wagon and we all do! READ ON…
Fitness motivation tip 1:
As I exercise first thing in the morning (I really can’t be bothered in the evening!), I usually find that checking my favourite fitness accounts on Instagram when I’m in bed, motives me to work out in the morning. My current favourite accounts are @kaylaitsines @barrebody (stunning) @selfmagazine @clean_eating_alice (for clean eating inspo) @amberdodzweit (for badass girls) and @biancamaycheah who I found uplifting and beautiful.
Fitness motivation tip 2:
The other thing I do is treating myself with new gear and January is the perfect time to do so when the sale kick in.
Always style-conscious, I love wearing all black when I work out. It kind of limit the damages when I’m out of shape and it looks sleek when I’m fit again. Nike has always been a favourite of mine. I love their running tights which I use for my HIIT.
For yoga, I prefer using Sweaty Betty gear and I swear by their Grip Dot Yoga Towel which dries out very quickly and is fantastic when I do Bikram yoga and their yoga mats are the best. Mango has also a good selection and Primark too where I found a black dry-quick top for £8 last time I was in London. I also love the sports bra from Lucas Hugh available on Net-A-Porter. So here a few things on my wishlist I spotted in the sale…
1. this leopard-print dry-FIT sports bra (30% OFF) by Nike
2. This Sloppy Joe sweatshirt in grey marl from Hush. I also like this sweatshirt (£75) by Madewell (not in the sale).
3. This gym bag (33% OFF) from Mango and these stretch gloves by FALKE (the thumbs and forefingers are touchscreen)
4. These Leopard-print sneakers by Isabel Marant (50%OFF)
5. These Adidas leggings by Stella McCartney (30%OFF), these (40% OFF) or these stretch-mesh leggings by Nike
Fitness motivation tip 3:
I practise visualisation which you may do anytime but I usually use the last few minutes before falling asleep to visualise a fitter and slimmer version of myself. I also visualise my well-being and remember how good I felt about myself when I was taking care of myself, feeding my body nutrients and how positively high I felt after exercising once the endorphins had kicked in.
Fitness motivation tip 4:
I work out with a friend who may well be on the other side of the world but we keep each other accountable via Whatsapp, Facebook or Instagram. Usually, I motivate myself but as my dad’s death knocked me off, this time, I have asked Steve to be my fitness coach until my willpower goes back to its normal level. His job is to make sure I train when I’m supposed to and I finish both circuits, my job is to just do them so there is no time-wasting drama in my head.
Fitness motivation tip 5:
I make my health and fitness a priority. If I have work commitments, travels etc, I schedule my workouts ahead and put them in a diary. I also plan catching up diners with my girlfriends in places which will be FODMAPs, gluten-free friendly (like a Japanese restaurant) and will enable me to stay on track food wise.
Fitness motivation tip 6:
I make sure I get enough sleep too. You can not be healthy or stay motivated if you’re really tired. Sleep is legitimately the basis of all my healthy decisions and I normally work well with 7 hours sleep. My goal this year is to set up a bedtime routine and set the alarm 15 minutes before my bedtime to remind me that it’s time to leave my laptop, take care of my face and put my phone in airplane mode to sleep better.
Fitness motivation tip 7:
Don’t compare yourself to others. Being inspired by other people is great but do not compare yourself to others or people you see on Instagram. Everyone is different, just focus on your own things and don’t aim for perfection: “You don’t have to be good at it, you just have to do it!”
Fitness motivation tip 8:
After two months off, I’m finally back in “the zone” which means that my healthy habits are back in place:
– I drink my 2.5 Lt of water a day to clear my skin
– I have half a lemon squeezed into a glass of lukewarm water to clear my digestive system first thing in the morning,
– I take probiotics (avoid so-called probiotic yogurts which are high in sugar)
– I do HIIT (high-intensity interval training) three times/week and LISS (low-intensity steady state) twice/week
– Watch my portions and record what I eat on myfitnesspal
– Snack on fruits and proteins
– and this month, Steve and I are going alcohol free like last year (read about this guy who hasn’t had a drink for two years)
Making small, manageable changes that last is definitively the one thing that sends the right signal back to my brain and says: “This is it, let’s do this!” If I have a day off or an evening fuelled with alcohol, drinking that lemon juice first thing in the morning, 1.5 Lt of water by the time it’s lunch time and have a delicious, healthy breakfast will definitively help me to re-set my mind and be focused rather than having another day off and another one and another one. The same way, these healthy habits lure me back after a 2-month break.
I’m a foodie but I found that if I go back to my healthy, clean-eating habits, within a week or two, I feel like working out again.
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