As summer edges closer, a thought on a lot of our minds is how we're going to get that "beach body" we've been dreaming of. Although this can act as good motivation, you should never think of fitness and exercise as solely a means to the end of this "perfect" body. The fact is, the perfect body does not exist. However, this is only because we can continuously improve forever, which is even more motivational for me. Below are just a few tips I have found to work for me whilst getting more into my fitness which I hope can benefit you too!
- Start slowly. Set achievable goals. Don't throw yourself in at the deep end, promising yourself you'll exercise 7 times a week for 2 hours. You're setting yourself up for failure before you even begin, and when you fail to reach your goals you'll lose the motivation you started with.
- Start today. If you don't, a year from now you'll be wishing you did. There's no time like the present, and you're not going to get the body you want by just sitting around waiting for it, you have to get up and work for it just like everything else in life.
- Make time. It's no excuse to say you're too busy, because I can guarantee you spend at least 30 minutes mindlessly scrolling through your phone every day, if not more. Now, if you used that 30 minutes to go on a jog, follow a workout video or even just do a few squats and sit ups, you're being far more productive with that time.
- Commit. Don't blow off a trip to the gym because your favourite TV show is on, or because you've had a stressful day at school/college/uni/work. Chances are, upping your heart rate will make you feel far better afterwards. You need to hold yourself accountable.
- Do something you enjoy. Don't go on a long jog if you find running mindlessly boring, don't swim if you hate getting your hair wet, don't do Zumba if you can't stand the music. Find an activity you enjoy doing, do it often, and make it challenging for yourself. I'd highly recommend joining a gym, not just for the convenient machines but also for the wide range of, often free, classes they offer. Classes are a great way to change up your workout, have a bit of fun and meet new people. If you can't afford a gym membership, there are plenty of other things you can do outdoors or in your own home.
- Keep yourself motivated. I have a board on Pinterest for all my motivation pictures, which I sometimes scroll through on my phone on the way to the gym to ensure I put maximum effort in. One thing I tell myself if I'm really lacking motivation is "You'll never wake up the morning after a workout and regret doing it like you would if you hadn't got off your ass and done it".
Please let me know if this post was helpful! I'm thinking of doing a mini-series on healthy lifestyles, possibly including my exercise routines, my vegan diet and also tips on how to manage stress around exams. I'd love to hear your opinions and any post suggestions!
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