We’ve all been there…
You follow your diet religiously for a week only to break it by accidentally eating a 12′ inch Dominos pizza, 2 packets of crisps and a Mars Bar.
Don’t worry I’ve been there too.
August didn’t go exactly as I planned. I set some goals at the beginning of the month, some of which I managed to complete and others – well, let’s just say the others didn’t get finished. But you know what? That’s okay. It’s okay to fall off track. It’s okay to make a mistake. It’s okay to eat that burger or have that glass of wine. It’s okay to have these hiccups because that’s what makes us human.
For me it was my health and fitness goals I struggled with. My partner surprised me with having five days off work in which we spent the majority shopping and snacking. We don’t get to treat ourselves that often so we indulged in some naughty treats whilst he was off. We still went to the gym though not as often as we usually would but I don’t feel bad about it. I was focused on having a good time and enjoying time with my partner and that’s exactly what I did!
But now alas it’s time to get back on track – at least for me it is. I have goals I want achieve and the only way I’m gonna do that is to get cracking and make shit happen! I’ve left 10 fitnessy tips and tricks below that help me stay focused, hopefully they may help some of you too!
1. Stick to a routine
I’m a creature of habit. So sticking to a routine for me is essential as it gives me structure. I like to know exactly what needs to be done that day and when. Sticking to a routine also helps creates good habits and can help when motivation is low.
2. It’s all about balance
There are 167,837837 diets out there. All of which claim to be the best and get you the body that you want. Well I say scrap that. I say don’t worry about what society wants you to look like and focus on how you want to look and feel. Don’t fall for fad diets and crash eating. Don’t fall for the BS. I personally don’t really follow any diet I just try to make good food choices. Some days we eat salad and other days we eat donuts. It’s called balance.
3. Drink water
This one is pretty self-explanatory. We all know water is good for you. So drink up and stay hydrated!
4. Prep your bag
If like me you love coming home and getting into your pyjamas then this tip is for you! Try prepping your gym bag the night before you intend to go or have your gym clothes out ready beside your bed. This way you’ll see your things all ready and all you need to do is pick them up and go instead of wandering around trying to find everything, not wanting to go and taking longer than you should which for me usually results in me giving up and changing into my PJ’S rather than my gym wear.
5. Meal Prep
Meal prepping is a great way to help you from binging or making bad food choices. With meal prep you know exactly what you’ll be eating and when. This is really helpful for me on the days I have been to the gym and return home starving and seeking any anything edible I can get my mitts on but instead of reaching for a packet of shitty noodles I can reach for whatever meal I’ve prepared earlier that day. I also like to plan all the meals I’m going to be eating that week as I tend to make my bad food decisions when I’m hungry and cant make a decision on what to eat.
6. Do exercise you enjoy!
There is nothing worse than forcing yourself to do something you hate. If you are doing something you don’t like, truth is your motivation for doing it probably isn’t going to last long. If you like the gym, try changing your routine. Hate the gym? Try classes instead! If you don’t like exercising in front of people, try a home workout. Don’t be afraid to try something new. For me, I love kickboxing. I go to a club once a week as well as well as the gym as I don’t enjoy the gym as much but I love some of the classes they run there so I’ll go to them instead. Find what you love and it won’t feel like exercise. It’ll just be fun.
7. Find a gym buddy
Okay so like many people I’m not comfortable going to the gym on my own – at least not yet but I’m working on it. If you feel a bit anxious about going it solo ask a friend along! Working out with someone else is a lot more fun than on your own. You can do partnered workouts, motivate one and other and honestly it just feels nice to have someone there to talk and go through the pain with you!
8. Listen to your body
When it comes to exercise, whether you are a newbie or a buff gym bunny it is important to listen to your body. By that I mean learn to know what’s right for your body. Know your limits and how far to push yourself. Is the exercise you’re doing hurting or is it aching? Exercise should never cause you pain, yes you may feel uncomfortable or ache but it should never hurt you whilst doing it. Be aware of what your body is saying, push yourself but don’t hurt yourself.
No matter how fit or strong you may be we all need rest. The body needs time to recover and recuperate so make sure you give yourself time to rest. I usually workout between 3-4 times a week meaning I get plenty of time to recover so make sure you give yourself time to heal!
10. If in doubt, just shout!
Like with anything new you’re going to make mistakes and generally not know what the heck is going on. Walking into a gym for the first time is like walking into another world. But never be afraid to ask for help. That’s what the instructors are there for. Whenever you’re in doubt just shout! Trust me there will always be someone there to help, be it an instructor or that hot guy next to you someone will help you.
So that’s it from me today. I’d just like to say I’m no fitness guru I am just someone beginning their own fitness journey and sharing a few pointers that may help others along the way!
Good luck and thanks for stopping by!
Until next time,