Through these crazy times, quarantine has been a time of relaxing, pyjamas and being at home all day. As important as it is to take some time off, rest and rejuvenate. Now that it seems that circumstances don’t appear to be changing any time soon, its important to keep our bodies healthy and moving
With most gyms closed it can be so incredibly difficult to muster up the motivation to do a workout.
Here are some of my favourite tips that i have found to really help get me off the couch
1.Pick a form of movement that you actually enjoy
We all have personal preferences. I have found the best way to get off the couch is to do a form of exercise that you find the least daunting. For me, this is often a walk. I find walks to be a great form of low intensity exercise that is not only great for my body, but also for getting some fresh air. In choosing a form of exercise that you enjoy, you’re more likely to actually follow through and do it!
2. Start off slowly
Do not expect too much from yourself too soon. Set realistic expectations that are attainable. So for example, if you haven’t exercised for a while, set the goal of exercising maybe 10-15 minutes twice or three times a week. That’s it. Build yourself up slowly and focus on consistency rather than volume and perfection.
3. Get some music going
I have a workout playlist filled with songs that are upbeat and make me want to dance. This helps get me up, and helps getting through my workout a lot easier
4.Set a schedule
Writing down what workouts you plan to complete in the week. Setting a schedule helps give you structure, and takes the guessing work out of the equation. You’re also less likely to procrastinate and make excuses, because you have a set schedule and to-do list for the day.
5.Give yourself a non food related reward
After completing your goal it is always so important to reward yourself. I like to do it with non food related items, as using food to reward yourself can cause an unhealthy relationship with how we view foods. I personally love rewarding myself with new workout gear, or a new bath bomb to enjoy at the end of the week.
6. Work at making healthy habits
The truth is, motivation always fluctuates. You simply can’t only rely on motivation to get you to do your workout. The best way to ensure consistency is to make it a habit. This can best be done through creating a routine. I like to set a certain time that i workout every day and stick to it. Over time, this will become your norm and even if you are not feeling particularly motivation, your healthy habits will carry you through.
7.Do some online classes
This takes a lot of the guessing work of ‘what to do today in my workout’. If you don’t want to have to think about workouts and what to do- i highly recommend. It can also help get you pumped up, with an enthusiastic instructor and motivator! There are some great free classes on youtube