Stop feeling guilty and do something about it!

Lockdown Fitness Guilt

Reports are showing that our activity levels are decreasing and that over half the population is feeling guilty about not exercising more during the COVID19 lockdown.

Sure, the initial workout numbers were high at the start of lockdown. Everyone was excited and we had celebrity trainer, Joe Wicks, doing his morning PE on the daily. New Online Fitness communities were popping up everywhere you looked and ZOOM workouts became the norm. It was all very exciting and it seemed the silver lining of all the restrictions may have been the spike in daily activity levels and the sudden priority of personal fitness our nations so desperately needed. 

People were feeling invigorated, SO WHAT HAPPENED? I mean even our friend Joe quickly dropped his daily dose of PE appearances. 

Well here is what happened. Remember my post about Motivation & Routine?

Rule number 1… Plan! Did we have a plan? Or were we just going to do online workouts during lockdown. That plan seems a little too vague. 

Rule number 2 …  Keep it Varied. Many of these online workouts were breaking our incredibly important rule number 2, keep it varied!  Watching the same old dull routine and going through the motions is not only incredibly boring, but it doesn’t do much for improving our fitness levels.

Rule number 3 … Make it a priority! There is no accountability when it comes to meeting Joe Wicks at 9am, I mean he’s not going to give you a call if you sleep in. Or what about all those recordings you were going to follow on YouTube, they are always there so what was making you prioritise them now when you can always watch it later… No sense of urgency and no accountability, equals no priority. 

Rule number 4 … No Excuses! Again, these excuses come a whole lot easier when we are following a free online program and there is no sense of accountability. 

Rule number 5 … Have a why? Were we just starting in a routine because quarantine sounded like a good time for change? Or were we digging deep and thinking about WHY! Yes this is a great time to change, but we won’t commit without reason. 

If you are one of many who are feeling guilty about your lack of exercise during lockdown or any other time, I encourage you to STOP immediately. There is no sense feeling guilty about who we were or what we did yesterday. However, I challenge you to make a change and embrace it. Take that next step in your fitness journey. Click here and schedule a free no-obligation call with me and let’s talk through your goals and your current barriers. We will work together to come up with a plan for you to get you where you want to be. We will work together to introduce fitness into your life in a lasting and sustainable way that will bring about transformative change inside and out!

Change is hard, but necessary and it is a hell of a lot easier when you have the knowledge and support from someone who has been there before. 

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Getting Motivated to Workout – 5 Quick Tips – To Find Routine

? Routine in 2020? ? Here are our 5 Quick Tips to Stay Motivated & Find Routine ??

 

Are you finding it hard to stick to routine right now and get motivated to exercise? We get it!

Things have been turned upside down, but this is all the more reason it is more important than ever to stick to a regular exercise routine. Having a routine can help with our stress levels, our sleep patterns, our eating habits, and our overall physical and mental health.

So we have broken down our five top tips for getting in a routine and staying motivated to exercise.

 

Tip #1 Plan for it!

 

Every week we need to be setting aside some time to plan our schedule for the forthcoming week. What are your actions going to be and how are these going to get you one step closer to what it is you are looking to achieve? So schedule the time to plan, commit in writing on your calendar or planner and stick to it!

For me it is Sunday evening, I take less than an hour and plan the week’s workouts.?If you need help planning your workouts or are unfamiliar with how to create workout programming that will help you achieve your goals, get in touch today for a free discussion or pop us a question on social. We are always happy to help!

 

Tip #2 Variety is the spice of life!

 

You wouldn?t eat the same meal every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you wouldn?t watch the same movie on repeat everyday? so why repeat the same exercise routine multiple times a week. Switching up the routine will keep you engaged and it will also get you fit! Repeating the same workouts is not only boring, but it can also limit our progress. The human body is pretty adaptable and if we are always repeating the same workouts without changing the frequency or intensity we will adapt and reach a plateau on our progress. So mix it up and try new things!

 

Tip #3 Make it a priority.

 

I recommend working out first thing in the morning or before lunch, the later you leave it, the easier it is to set it aside for something else. However, regardless of when you workout make sure that it is a priority. Working out and exercise is essential to our mental and physical health so we need to treat it that way. It should be as routine as going to the bathroom and drinking water.

 

Tip #4 No excuses.

 

We can all find a reason not to exercise, in fact, it?s easy? I?m too hungry, I didn?t sleep well last night, I woke up late, I?ll start tomorrow, it?s too cold or too hot, too early or too late? These excuses will always be here, so let?s forget about them and move on.

 

Tip #5 Have a why.

 

Do you want to fit into those old jeans? Are you preparing for your first 5k? Do you want to achieve your first pull-up?

Whatever your reason is for exercising, remember that and let it motivate you to commit. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Bound) around your health and fitness, and then when you go back to number 1 and plan, you have some direction, you can make sure your actions are going to get you to where you want to be.

Also, I have to stress, do not leave out the ?M? (measurable), this is an absolute game-changer! If we are measuring our achievements on the way to our goals, we will see progress and progress motivates.

 

So that’s it! 5 Quick Tips!

 

Please, if you are struggling with your routine, get in touch and we can set a plan in place to make it work! Even if it is just for a quick chat, we are always happy to help and have a conversation to set you off in the right direction.

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