In January, I wrote about ‘the harsh realities of getting fit again’ when I first introduced exercise back into my daily routine. Since then, I’ve been working really hard to make sure that every week I’m either running, doing HIIT or going for a walk. But after a few month of exercise, it’s safe to say my motivation has been flagging slightly. This is mainly because I’ve found that my progress has stagnated and I’m not entirely sure that I’m reaching the body shape that I was hoping for. So I just wanted to share a few tips that have helped me stay motivated, especially over the last few weeks.
Shake up your routine
There is nothing worse (for me) than doing the same fitness regime day in and day out. It gets a bit monotonous and can then often feel like a chore, none of which are ideal. So I’ve been trying to change my routine slightly. I was running three or more times a week, but now I’ve started doing quick HIIT sessions in the morning before work and I’ve even started yoga with a few trampolining sessions in between. I’ve found that I’ve started to look forward to them much more than my evening run.
Download some new apps
I rely heavily on technology to keep my motivation levels up in fitness. I think it’s because you can physically see what exercises you’ve done, how frequently and how many calories you’ve burnt. In the last few weeks, I’ve become totally obsessed with Fitstar and Fitstar Yoga. I use Fitstar for my quick and intense morning workouts and I’ve been using Fitstar Yoga to help introduce yoga back into my exercise routine. Both sync with my Fitbit so I can easily keep tabs on everything that I’m doing. I’ve also downloaded the ‘Couch to 5K’ running app to help me fall back in love with running so we’ll see how that turns out.
Adapt your eating habits
This is my ultimate weakness because I love good food (as you can probably see from previous blog posts!). I know it’s slightly stating the obvious but I think my eating habits are hindering my progress so I’m not advancing as quickly as I’d like to be. So I’ve been looking to Women’s Health and BBC Good Food for healthier meal suggestions and I’ve also been trying to incorporate more veggie/ vegan meals into my diet (if you’re in Cardiff you should totally visit Milgi to help with your inspiration for this). After trying this out for a few weeks, although I’m a little hungrier than usual, I do have more energy and I’m feeling more positive about me exercise achievements.
Go easy on yourself
This one is a tip not to be overlooked. I’m the first to criticise myself when I’m not achieving things as quickly as I’d like to be but stressing out only makes it harder to loose weight. It’s important to remember that things take time and if you’re not reaching the goals that you had hoped to, maybe you should re-evaluate your exercise and diet plan before beating yourself up.
How do you stay motivated with your fitness routine?