You’ve just dragged yourself home. It’s been a huge day at the office and you’re exhausted. The last thing you feel like is a sweaty workout.
We’ve all been there, and we all know how easy it is to just fall onto the couch and stay there until bed time. Lazy nights are great, but exercising has a plethora of benefits too. So here’s how to get off your butt and get it moving.
Flood your feed with #fitspo
Jump on Instagram and find and follow as many fitness blogs as you can. Whether it be trainers with guides like Kayla Itsines or women documenting their own fitness journeys, get on there and get as inspired as you can. Pinterest is great too, because you can start a fitness board and fill it with dedicated images, workout circuits and inspiring words. You’ll have workout tips literally in the palm of your hand as you smash it out!
Find a buddy
It’s true – having an exercise buddy forces you to work out on days when if you were alone you might forgo it. Having someone to meet up with means that bailing would be letting them down. Get closer to a friend from work or use the time for catching up with your crazy-busy bestie! Having someone by your side can actually make you work harder too, as you’ll encourage each other and be determined to keep up. Or win. Who, me, competitive? Not at all...
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If you know you have a workout planned for later, don’t binge on heavy foods like potatoes, bread or pasta. Don’t get me wrong, I love my carbs! But a mound of spag bol never made anyone keen for the gym. Have a wrap packed with salad and a protein, or a handful of nuts. A more fun version of the old celery stick-dip combo is to use long slices of raw capsicum. Snacks to energise you will stop you from feeling sluggish, which can put you off working out.
Break it up
Does your fitness goal seem overwhelming or impossible? Just break it down into smaller, more manageable mini-goals. Instead of aiming to lose six kilos in a month, try for one per week, which is realistic, plus you’re less likely to gain a huge lump back if you fall off the wagon for a week or two. Or try to just increase your distance, workout length or exercise difficulty in small increments each day. You’ll be amazed at your progress in a month’s time!
Get in the gear
If you’re dressed for exercise, you’re more likely to get active. No, not athleisure – throw on your actual workout gear. Not only is it vaguely uncomfortable to laze around in high-impact sports bras or tightly laced running shoes, but no one wants to take off their workout gear knowing they never got to the workout part. You’ll look the part, and a switch will flip in your brain that tells you it’s go time.
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Remind yourself: this is for you
Don’t just tell yourself you HAVE to get in shape or that you need to punish your body for bingeing on chocolates while watching The Bachelor. If you change the way you think about exercise – hard to do but possible with perseverance – you’ll start to see it as something you are doing for yourself. Tell yourself you are treating your body to some endorphins, or rejuvenating your skin by breaking out in a cleansing sweat. Make it seem like a treat to your body and motivation will follow!
Try something new
If doing the same old workout every day is what’s draining your motivation, shake things up a bit. Try out a salsa dancing class to shake and shimmy yourself fit. Go to a Bikram yoga session to get your blood flowing and raise a sweat. Try Barre Body or a similar ballet-pilates blend to make you feel graceful, toned and strong from your core. For a full-body workout that is fun and amazing for strength, try a pole class. Whatever sounds fun and interesting to you, give it a go. If you associate exercise with fun, you’re more likely to keep it up!
Words: Hanna Sloan