One Saturday you’re up at 7am doing squats before you hit Park Run, and the next Saturday you sleep in until 10am and you’d rather eat the worlds hottest pepper than put your sports bra on. It might be something to do with the 5 glasses of wine you had last night with your best friend whilst you were out celebrating any reason you could find… It’s Friday! It hasn’t rained all day! It’s 1 day closer to holidays! It’s Friday!
Exercise is not the be all and end all to doing the right thing for your mind and body. You also need time to switch off and have some fun, so letting your hair down and putting your trainers away is okay some times, but it’s easy to let the good habits slip.
Someone once told me that putting your sports bra on and getting out the door is the hardest part of your run- well clearly they’ve never been for a run before!
Finding the motivation to exercise can be hard, especially in bad weather when you don’t even want to get out of your PJ’s, so try these simple techniques to keep yourself motivated.
Give yourself a goal. Whether it’s signing up to a race, joining a sports club, training your legs to do the splits, learning a new sport or getting the peach bum you’ve always wanted. If you have a vision of what you want to achieve in 6 weeks or 6 months, it will keep your spirits and motivation levels high. Every squat you do or class you attend brings you one step closer to achieving your goal.
Involve a friend. I exercise harder, run faster and lunge deeper if I know my friend is there. A little competition is healthy and I always make sure I turn up to our exercise class or weekly run as I don’t want to be the one that let’s the team down.
Treat yourself. If you’ve been working hard, you deserve a break. That might be a full body massage, a bar of chocolate, a glass of wine, buying a new sports bra. It’s all about balance, and you’ll feel so much better about treating yourself when you know you’ve earned it.
Write a schedule. This will help you to keep on track and less likely to skip days when you promised yourself you would do park run. You can plan your fun days and your exercise days so it won’t impact on either parts of your life, this should help you keep a balanced life.
It’s important to recognise when parts of your life feel unbalanced, so make sure you take the necessary steps to keep your mind and body in shape.