We all go through stages in our life when we have the urge to give up and quit. Particularly when you are trying to change something, for example - your health and/or fitness. It can be really difficult sticking to a regular exercise routine, especially when it's something you may have never done before. Yes, it's hard work, painful at times and motivation can be hard to find. When you have a bad day, you will find ANY excuse to skip your workout. Don’t let your goals be de-railed!! Here's a few tips on how to get yourself back on track.
You Are Short On Time
This is one of the biggest reason girls are not being able to exercise. The truth is, exercise is just another one of those things you have to MAKE time for. Just like your job or other commitments. However, I know sometimes things get in the way of even the best made plans. When you don’t have time. the best thing to do is just to exercise for a shorter amount of time. A twenty-minute walk is still SO much better than nothing. I have plenty of exercises on my blog that torch lots of calories and can be done in under 14 minutes. Try to wake up 20-30 minutes earlier than normal, no one ever regretted a workout – it WILL be worth it!
You’re Short on Money or Don’t Have Gym Access
You don't need money or access to a gym to exercise. Enjoy the fresh and FREE outdoors! Walk, hike, run or play outdoor sports to get active.
Use stairs. This is one of my biggest tips for exercising outside. Hills and stairs are your best friends for a quick outdoor workout.
You’re Stuck Inside Because of Bad Weather
Weather should never be an excuse for not training. There is always an option. Go to the shopping centre and walk laps – no really! Walking is an excellent form of exercise and if you can "window shop" at the same time, that’s an added bonus.
Use your own body as resistance and find a space at home to do a quick workout. Push-ups, lunges, squats, arm-dips are all great body resistance exercises. Have you seen my 7-day of free workouts download? There is a link at the bottom of this blog for you. Try skipping at home if you've got the space. This is an awesome cardio workout.
You Feel Self-Conscious and Intimidated
If you are really self conscious when you first begin to workout, try avoiding the gym at peak hours when it is really crowded and everyone is fighting for equipment.
Go with a friend or someone you trust and feel comfortable with who already knows what they are doing. Watching them can help you feel more confident and you wont feel like everyone is staring at you. Even though they aren’t...trust me the only people others at the gym worry about – is themselves!
Try not to be so hard on yourself. We all had to start somewhere. Remember your health and fitness have nothing to do with anyone else but YOU.
You’re Bored With The Same Routine
Training the same way, every day can become boring and un-motivating!
Pick training you actually enjoy, if you don’t like running you will never look forward to it and it will be a chore. It's hard to get sick of something you genuinely enjoy doing. If you're still not sure what training style you like, change it up and try new things! It's not only beneficial to your body as you don’t want to plateau but it keeps things interesting.
You’re Tired and Lack Energy
A busy week at work or school can drain you of all your energy. We've ALL been there! Try to fit your workout into your morning, before the day has a chance to tire you out. Alternatively, try getting out on your lunch break and going for a walk. This will give you a burst of energy and help your brain function better towards the end of the day.
If you feel like you can’t put in all the energy you usually do - adjust your workout. Walk at a slower pace, do a few less reps. Once you get going you may surprise yourself! Sometimes we have bursts of energy and we don’t even know where they come from. Roll with it.
Prepare in advance to exercise. Fill up your water bottle, get your gym clothes out and ready. Not only will this make you a little more excited to train but planning your day always makes you feel more motivated!
I hope these tips help to push and motivate you to continue with your training goals. Train hard, girls.
It WILL be worth it.