You guys may remember from my previous post, ‘5 Life changes I want to make‘; that I mentioned feeling healthier and making it a priority to look after myself a little bit more. Well, I was serious about it! A couple of weeks have passed, and I’ve made health and fitness a priority within my routine, and I feel so proud of myself already. I have a long way to go to improve my overall health and fitness, but I’ve made small steps which have been really positive in such a short amount of time.
Shortly after my blog post went out discussing my hopes for improving my fitness; MotivatePT got in touch with me asking how I keep myself motivated, if I had specific things which have helped me so far, and what tips I would pass on to others. I decided to share the five little tips I have so far, which I hope could help other people wanting to feel a little fitter.
1. Explore your area.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my videos exploring the woods near my home, and going on hikes. I’ve made this much more of a regular thing, as I find it so enjoyable to explore this beautiful woodland area, and to track the distances I’m making. No matter how slow I go, or how out of breath I am after a steep incline; I know I can do it at my own pace and feel really proud of my progress. I 100% recommend everyone explore nature walks near them and woodland areas that they could explore for a few hours. It feels SO good to get outside away from screens, and see some beautiful views. I track my distance/time/etc using the S Health app on my Galaxy phone, but I’m sure there are loads of cool apps out there to do this.
2. Make it a challenge.
As someone who works from home, it can be easy to get lazy and not make time for workouts. I’m either working all the time, or I’m ‘off’ and I just want to chill out. So how do I make sure I’m getting some exercise? Well, little things make a big difference. I enjoy challenging myself by adding at least one form of exercise on to my to-do list each day. It could be walking the post office instead of taking the bus, running up and down the stairs 50 times, or starting my day off with some light yoga. As long as there’s SOMETHING each day. I feel motivated when ticking it off my list!
3. Get help from a personal Trainer.
MotivatePT is based in London, and they make it their priority to help everyone push themselves. Whether young, old, pregnant, working out alone or in a group; MotivatePT help people raise their fitness levels and feel good about themselves as they watch their progression. the thing I LOVE most is that they are available anywhere; you don’t have to go to the gym! They’ll help you work out at home, outside, even during your lunch break at work. They’re available from 6 am up until 9 pm and will help you make any space your training ground. THIS is the reason they appealed to me so much. I’m not at all comfortable in a gym, so has never looked into a personal trainer before. But if I could have someone encouraging me as I’m tackling a steep climb uphill? Hells yes! If you’re based on London, look them up!
4. Try new hobbies.
I might not be the gym bunny kind of girl, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help my fitness in other ways. Why not try to see what classes are available near to your home? Yoga, pilates or dance classes can be less daunting than the gym, and way more fun! Even try things where you can get your kids involved, like foldable kids scooters which you’re running or even just get scooter yourself. I absolutely LOVE swimming, and always have; so I’ll be looking into the nearest swimming pools available near me. Skating, boxing classes, and rock climbing centres are also great alternatives! For when kids are a little older, you could even try more active sports like badminton, BadmintonHQ has all the gear you need to get started. There are so many possibilities and so much fun to be had.
5. Walk a dog.
Okay, is this not the best idea ever, or what?! Long walks can be so much easier and more enjoyable with a cute furry friend to accompany you. But if you’re like me and don’t have a dog… that can be a little tricky I guess! Try to see if any friends or family mind you taking their dog for a walk every now and again (they’ll probably love the idea!) or volunteer at local shelters which can be so rewarding and helpful for needy dogs.
This post was in collaboration with MotivatePT, but all thoughts, opinions and words are 100% my own. I hope it helps you guys, and thank you for supporting the brands that support me!
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