Since the start of this year we’ve all found ourselves spending most of our time at home. We’ve all probably gained a little weight! I was just talking to a friend of mine and he was saying he wanted to start running again and get his fitness routine back on track but wasn’t feeling very motivated. Sounds familiar right?
I know people generally say that women talk about their weight (a lot!) and how they look from certain angles, but it has come to my attention that guys do as well. I mean everybody wants to look and feel good and looking good does not come in one package or category. I think if you feel good, you generally carry yourself better so you look good as well, but what do you do if you are not motivated? That is what we want to talk about today.
When I started on my fitness journey, there were two things I examined: The food that I ate and the exercise I was doing (or not!). I decided to revisit my exercise regime first, because, to be honest I didn’t think I was doing too badly in the food department, but I didn’t have an exercise routine so I was starting that part of my fitness journey from zero.
I went onto Google and came across Beachbody Programs and that was a game-changer for me! Before then, exercise programs were generally one set of exercises that you did day in, day out but now I found there was a different workout for each day. I settled on Les Mills Combat since it looked like fun and something I would enjoy and it was. As I got fitter, I found that the food side of things came along for the ride automatically as I started reaching for healthier foods. I chose better because I didn’t want to undo all my good work in the exercise department.
After I completed the program, I decided to set myself a new challenge and went for Insanity. Again I loved it and something about completing a program that I wouldn’t even have considered months before felt really good. Afterwards, I decided to try out running, so I downloaded Couch to 5k, signed up for a 10k run once I completed the program and that was when I discovered my love for running. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was running marathons!
Through my journey I found that there were some useful things I would like to point out, if you decide you want to make fitness a part of your lifestyle:
- Start with something you enjoy. Maybe you liked the Rocky movies? So start with boxing.
- Start off small and increase gradually. If you have never run before, it’s best not to lace up and try to go for a 5k run right off the bat!
- Get proper gear. This is especially true for those trying out running. Please get your gait analysed and buy proper running shoes. Not doing so can lead to lower back problems and shin splits amongst other things.
- Mix up your routine. I run but also do Pilates, yoga and some weights. A mixture of cardio and strength will do wonders for your overall health, from improving heart health to maintaining muscle mass, decreasing anxiety and so on.
- Rest properly. Your body needs time to rebuild and recover, so sleeping properly and taking rest days are just as important as working out.
- Be easy on yourself. So not all your workouts will feel 100% and that is ok, just keep showing up for yourself.
All that said, our bodies are meant to move, so even if you decide to start with a 30 minute walk daily, just move that body!
I hope this helps you - see you on the next blog post.