This past week, my fitness mojo has been struggling. It’s a real, begrudging, constantly-hitting-snooze kind of struggle.
The weather is now cold, wet and rainy… and the LAST thing I want to do is take off my 3 layers of warm, snuggly clothing, put on my running shorts and go outside – oh god!
But it turned out that my various pseudo-motivation techniques won out and I did manage to get a few workouts done haha.
I’m not a fitness guru, or model, or celebrity, or anyone who has to work out and look good as part of their job.
I’m just a regular, suburban mother of 3 kids… I genuinely love the feeling I get when I exercise, I love when I feel fit and strong, I love being out and about, I love pushing myself, I love the dialogue in my head when I exercise, I love the post-exercise feeling and I love my body being the shape it is.
So here are some ways I keep myself motivated and active!
1) Have fitness buddies.
I don’t actually exercise with them! I just have a few fitness-keen friends, who I chat to over Whatsapp or Messenger… we shoot each other messages now and then, saying “Been to yoga recently?” or “Did you run on the weekend?” or “My bum hurts from my workout!!”
Fortunately for me, I have 2 very keen fitness crazy sons (aged 13 and 11) and they like to keep fit for their sports. So they are always nagging me to go for a run, do a round of workouts, do some weights. It’s awesome.
2) Mix it up.
Yes I get hell bored when I do the same thing over and over.
I always try to mix my fitness up: Yoga. Running. Sprinting. Boxing. Weights. Pilates. Workout routines. High intensity interval training workouts from Youtube.
3) Be flexible.
If I make too many goals or plans, I often break them and feel really annoyed at myself.
So I don’t have a structured routine. I tend to be very flexible with what I do each week.
4) Try something completely new.
I’m about to start Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide, (not so much because I want rock hard abs like the girls on Instagram) I just want some new routines and a more structured workout.
Rock hard abs maaaaay be a nice side effect, but I doubt it, because I eat too much chocolate and instant noodles.
5) Try a drop in class
To find new activities and to add a bit of fun and adventure in my life… I’ve been popping into places which offer a free trail.
I tried Hot Yoga class (38C) the other day aaaaand…. it’s not for me. I didn’t really like the sweating and the intense heat. I felt that I could get an equally effective workout doing a regular yoga class or a HIIT workout.
I’m keen to try a barre class, a proper boxing class and do a bit more rock climbing?
6) Buy in bulk.
Buy a pack of 10 class passes to save money.
I’m not a fan of gyms anymore, as they don’t suit my fitness interest, lifestyle and the fact that I get bored easily.
But I appreciate they suit of lot of other people. And I know that “Not Wasting Money” is a good motivator!
Hence if I buy a pack of 10 passes, you can be sure that I’ll be going to all 10 classes dammit.
7) Exercise at night
My kids go to bed around 8-8:30pm. My husband and I will usually head over to the lounge room to relax, chat about our day, turn on the TV or hop on our computers.
I will usually set up my yoga mat and start doing some gentle stretches (because it feels really good at the end of the day)… soon my body warms up and I’ll start to do harder stuff (like crunches), then I’ll get annoyed that I’m doing a workout in my jeans, so I’ll change into my fitness gear and start doing a full workout.
I usually do this every evening. And I feel absolutely fantastic after!
8) Get nice activewear.
Yep I’m pretty vain. I like the nice stuff. I like the quality. I looooove the feeling of amazing tights against my skin. No more Target or Kmart stuff for me.
I get the good stuff so I can make an excuse to wear them every day!
Yep, I think that’s about all the motivational stuff that actually keeps me going.
Hope you find it useful!
Have an amazing week!