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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Healthy Habits .4 - Gym Motivation

I'm an all or nothing type of person, either I'll be at the gym 5/6 times a week or I won't go at all. I just struggle with finding motivation to actually get up and do it, so here are some things I learnt over the past couple of years.



PLAN YOUR WORKOUTS

If I'm feeling unsure of what to do for my next workout, I take to instagram, fitness blogs, or health/fitness books, I sit with a notepad and write down what I think looks good. I then take this with me (or usually take a picture on my phone, don't wanna be the weirdo with the list) and I use this to refer to at the gym. This also means that if you've planned it you're less likely to get 20 minutes in and leave, you'll try to finish your workout plan, just don't give yourself an unrealistic amount to do.


GET A WORKOUT WATCH & NICE GYM CLOTHES

I was given a Polar FT7 two years ago for my birthday and I love it. It uses a band around your chest to track your heart rate and tells you your heart rate and calories you've burnt throughout the workout. It also tells you how much of your workout was fitness and how much was weight loss and it stores your workout if you need to refer to it later. Also I find getting new gym gear makes me want to go to the gym so I can show it all off!


MY FITNESS PAL

I usually use my Polar watch in conjunction with MFP to track my calorie intake and my exercise to make sure I'm keeping on track with my goal. For example your goal could be to lose 1.5lb per week and it will calculate the amount of calories you can eat per day in order to achieve this. 


USE APPS TO PROGRESS

Apps such as the Nike app and Couch to 5k from the NHS are so helpful. I'm an awful runner and I've been using the couch to 5k app which slowly builds up to running 5k, I'm on week 4 and I'm loving it.


KEEP MEASUREMENTS

If you measure yourself every couple of weeks it will keep you motivated and you'll be able to see progress even if you may not be seeing it on the scales. I write my measurements in my diary so I can go all the way back and compare how much I've lost.


JUST GET UP AND GO

Finally, instead of lying in bed thinking about working out, just go do it! Yes it's horrible getting out of bed, but honestly once you're there it's always better than you think it's going to be, and you get such a great sense of achievement once you're done.


Do you have any gym motivation tips?


elise rose

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