21 November 2015

Ways to stay focused on your Health & Fitness


Bikini season is officially over in the UK, there's Quality Street everywhere you look and the idea of cuddling up in front of the TV with a festive film and a giant Hot Chocolate and Baileys is all just too tempting. Keeping fit and healthy is the last thing on our minds as the days get shorter and a whole lot colder, but it's still important to me to keep in shape and to not feel sluggish and fall ill over the festive period. I find it tough to keep up the motivation that I had in summer to work out, so I thought i'd share a few ways that I find help me through the colder seasons!

Switch up the way you workout

I remember when I first started going to the gym, the weight section was daunting, so the treadmill or the bike it was. You can quickly become bored or lose motivation if you don't change your workouts (your body and muscles get bored too, meaning slower progress). I now opt for home workouts 9/10 times. I like to use the SWORKIT app, which you can download via the App Store on iPhones, but there is probably hundreds of great apps and websites which offer a huge variety of home workouts that don't require equipment! SWORKIT offers everything from a Cardio Bootcamp to Pilates and Yoga, you can chose areas that you want to focus on and how long you want to work out for. There's something that seems a little less chore like about a home workout after a day at the office, if i've had a particularly stressful day I can do Yoga for half an hour or when I'm feeling good then jump squats it is!

Buy some new work out gear

You will have heard this one before, but it really works. You can't say no to a jog when you've just bought pretty new Nikes, and when those bright patterned yoga pants are staring at you every time you open your draw, you know that that yoga class just got a whole lot more appealing. I recently bought (fell in love with) the sports bra pictured above from Stella McCartney's line at Adidas, Stella Sport. I got mine in a sale because they are a little pricey, but you can get some equally gorgeous ones for a lot cheaper.  I love Sports Direct for all my gym wear, those running shorts are even better when they're a bargain.

Set yourself goals and track your progress

It's easy to slip into a lazy mindset when you feel like you aren't working towards something or making any progress. I find that keeping a food diary helps; whilst my sister for example likes to count calories via the My Fitness Pal App - you can also log any exercise so that it can keep you fully updated on any weight loss progress. After losing some weight last year and dropping to a size 6-8 my new goal for this year was to get toned and stronger and to just feel good. It's no longer all about what I look like, I want to be healthy and what you put inside your body is so crucial. When they say that your body is made in the kitchen they mean it. Now I have a HUGE sweet tooth and if you think i'm ever giving up pizza then you can think again. It's all about finding a good balance and i've found that when I keep a food diary I actually feel guilty about writing down the fact that i'm onto my third bag of crisps for the day. I put the packet down and feel that little sense of achievement when what i've ate for the day doesn't look all that bad. It keeps me on track and motivated and I feel in control of my diet without counting every calorie which is the best thing for me. When I have idea of where I want to be and by when it doesn't seem like such a burden.

Leave your comfort zone

The excitement and fear of the unknown. Try a spin class, go to hot yoga or simply try some new foods. When my motivation takes a little dip I like to seek out something new. Even if it's just finally taking the plunge and getting on that strange machine in the gym when it's quietthe one you've been trying to suss out how to use for months by watching other people from the safety of your cross trainer. You'll come out of that workout feeling proud and maybe a little excited to go back the next day and use it again. I try to no longer be too hard on myself. You have to push yourself if you want results, but sometimes it's okay to ditch the diet for that Dominoes you've craving. Balance is key.

10 comments:

  1. Great tips! There's seriously nothing more motivating than new gym gear haha! :)
    Urban Obsessions // Vegan Food, Beauty & Lifestyle

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    1. I know! Makes me excited to go to the gym and wear them! haha x

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  2. Lovely tips. It's so hard to stay motivated! (:
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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    1. Thank you! I know, it's so hard now it's getting cold! :( x

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  3. Great tips Sheridan! I've never heard of that app before so I'm definitely going to check it out!
    Have a great start to the week babe xx
    MUCH LOVE KAREN
    (STYLESMORGASBORD) [BLOGLOVIN])

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  4. Really nice tips ♥♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  5. Great post! I find myself finding excuses way too often - its even harder to find motivation knowing my next bikini isn't coming out for at least 6 months! I think I need some new gym wear to motivate me!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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    1. I know! It's so hard to stay motivated in winter, new gym gear is my favourite way though of course haha x

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