As LOCKDOWN restrictions gradually wear off and more chocolate is enjoyed on the Easter holidays, many Britons will consider re-entering a fitness regime.
After a year of lockdown restrictions, it can be difficult to find the motivation to get up, put on your exercise gear, and begin an exercise, no matter how small.
With so many of us in the same boat, BioFreeze’s pain management experts have compiled a list of tips and tricks to get you back into a fitness program.
Just put on your workout clothes
This is without a doubt one of the toughest hurdles to overcome when you are lacking motivation. But believe us, you’ll be more in the mood to exercise with the right clothes on. Putting on leggings or shorts can completely change your mental attitude.
Draw up a training plan
Think about the day and week before you and consider where you might be able to get a workout, even if it’s only 15 minutes. When you have decided on a time, add it to your calendar. If they come up as appointments, you are more likely to make time for them and fewer excuses.
Make a note of how you feel after your workout
It is known that endorphins are released during exercise. Endorphins are opioid chemicals that your body produces to relieve stress and make you feel euphoric, so you can feel great. Writing down how you feel after each workout will tell you how much better you are feeling and it will motivate you to stay in tune with your exercise.
Change your exercises
If you get bored halfway through your workout, you may need to rearrange your exercise and experiment with something new. Adding variety to your workouts can keep you motivated and excited. You can try a bike ride instead of a run, or bodyweight training instead of a HIIT workout.
Download fitness apps
Fitness apps on your phone or tablet offer extensive exercise libraries that you can use to create your own training plan. You can even track your food and calories in some apps. It can be fun to keep an eye on how you burned yourself last night’s takeaway!
Get a fitness watch
When you purchase fitness accessories, including fitness watches, you will be amazed to use them for your workout and you may feel guilty about not using them! Most fitness watches not only track your workout, but also your heart rate and tell you exactly how many calories you are burning. Combined with other fitness apps on your phone, you can get the most out of your workout and track results and set goals to improve your own results.
Surround yourself with motivation
When you surround yourself with people who have the same goals as you, you are more likely to move to achieve those goals. Whether you can exercise with your friends via video call or just follow personal trainers who share fitness tips on their social media every day, build a community of like-minded people around you who want to get fit, and you will soon finding that motivation comes naturally.
Stop eating unhealthy foods
Unhealthy foods are not only bad for you, they also don’t provide your body with the energy it needs to keep going each day. That’s why you always feel sluggish and lazy after taking it away. This can suppress your motivation and make the workout look even less attractive. So cut out the unhealthy foods and prepare your body to move.
Experts also warn that warming up and preparing for a workout is critical. They want to avoid injuries that set you back and prevent you from continuing your fitness journey.
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