Sunday, 26 June 2016

Fitness // Top tips for getting back in to it

We've all been there, something gets in the way of you heading to the gym or completing your run and before you know it, you've missed a whole week of exercise and are finding every excuse under the sun not to restart your fitness regime. 
It's very easy to find an excuse when you really don't want to do something - I mean, who wouldn't want to spend an extra hour in bed in the morning or head straight home from work to sit on your sofa all evening watching trash tv. 
I went through a phase of find excuse after excuse, and it wasn't until I really physically couldn't go to the gym after injury that I realised how much I was missing out. Below are my top tips for getting back in to your routine!

1. Put it in to perspective - If you go for an hour, that's only 1 hour of your day out of 24, is it really that time consuming? Your sofa and bed will still be there once you're done!

2. Find a fitness buddy - it's easy to kid yourself in to not wanting to go by making up some excuse, but the same can't be said trying to justify that to your gym partner who, probably like you, would rather be sat in a hot bath instead of sweating away on a static bike. 

3.  Find a class or routine that you enjoy - There are so many studies conducted on people putting off jobs that they really don't want to do, and the gym is no different. I'm not afraid to admit that at work I'll try and put off the jobs I don't want to do, but they're still going to be there, no matter how much I don't want to do it. If you have a certain fitness class like spinning or pilates that you don't dread, you'll be much more likely to tie up your trainers, put your hair in a ponytail and get on with it. 

4. Take progress photos - I had never been one for progress photos, but after taking some to get me back in to exercise after having 8 weeks off with hip troubles, I was amazed with my progress. I genuinely didn't think that I had made any progress, but the photos (below) show that in a month period, I most certainly had made progress!