I finally finished unpacking; moving, ironing, washing, hanging, cleaning and making excuses as to why I can’t get back into a schedule with working out. Now, cooking might come easy to me, but by no stretch of the imagination does exercise…especially after a 3 month hiatus from any physical exertion! I really enjoy working out once I’m AT the gym, but I seem to struggle to get up, get dressed and get motivated. I guess we all have those healthy habits we just can’t seem to make…un-habitual? Calling all excuse-givers, avoiders & I-already-do-so-much’ers: here are some cool tips that help me (after years of trial and error) to get some gymspiration and help my healthy habits stick around!
Let’s get TIP-ical
- You are what you aspire to be:It’s important to get inspired; create a board of quotes, pictures & goals you want to promise yourself. Also, get your dusty old ipod out (that you bought thinking you’d DEFINITELY take up running 3 years ago) and download a playlist of music that gets you excited and energetic!
- 30 days:I read that it takes anywhere between 3-4 weeks to make or break a habit. That means go full-on for 30 days, be consistent for this period and extreme. Go the same time every day to the gym, have a strict diet, same playlist…having 30 days in your mind will help you carry on, and by the time you reach it, you won’t even realise what has actually changed!
- Don’t get a buddy:Unless you KNOW your buddy is someone who will carry on with or without you then don’t start trying to be healthy with someone else, they can easily demotivate you if they start to waiver off half way through.
- Know why you started and do it for yourself:These sound simple but it’s all about you, your inspiration board will help with this to remind you why you are pushing yourself in moments that you just want to lay down in a sea of chocolate!
- Activate your mind:Make temptation difficult and being healthy easy. Remove chocolate and junk from your house, this way if your having a weak moment it will be an effort to get what you want, and the chances are it will pass.
- Meet guilt, he’s your new BFF:If you start feeling bad when you, inevitably, miss a day by using previous character-driven habit breakers (excuses etc), then know it means your doing something right, and this is the beginning of when a habit becomes part of your life…let me be clear, you need to get up when you feel guilt!
- Positivity:Try focusing on what you CAN have and not what you CAN’T have. Meal plans are helpful here & @FeedingMrFin, there are loads of new and exciting options out there to get creative and learn how to replace one thing with something better for you! Write down your current diet over a week and start penciling in where you can improve and replace things using the recipes on this site. A few small changes will make a big difference, baby steps win the race and make you far more likely to succeed!