The summer has finally decided to make an appearance and inevitably we’re going for lovely days out to seaside towns, having picnics in parks and wearing less clothes! Year on year I hear phrases like “beach body ready” and “no carbs before Marbs” which I totally understand. It’s incredibly daunting living in a country with months and months of dark, cold, wet weather where we cover every inch of skin on our bodies in coats and jumpers; then suddenly we’re in Tenerife in a bikini! Or we unexpectedly get 32 degree heat here in the UK and we’re forced to wear shorts. Unless you’re my partner who wears shorts 365 days a year. Apparently his legs don’t get cold.
So, I think where I’m going with this blog post is that getting motivation to exercise shouldn’t purely be for aesthetics. It’s so important to keep your mind and body healthy and a great way to do that is through exercise. Find something that works for you and that you enjoy. If you live an incredibly stressful and busy life stuck inside all day try and find the balance. Tell yourself you’re going to put your headphones on and power walk somewhere beautiful or where you can clear your head twice a week in your lunch break and then maybe a swim before or after work. Perhaps a cycle at the weekend? Or if you have young children and it’s impossible to leave the house without them, there are some fantastic workouts online you can follow in your living room. You can find vloggers on Youtube posting yoga flows, hiit workouts and other great exercises to get you moving and stretching. Other things to consider is taking up a hobby that you can do with your children. Maybe learn to play tennis as a family so that you can all get out in the fresh air and get some exercise together. You don’t have to have a gym membership to feel like you’re capable of keeping active. I don’t have a gym membership anymore. My life is so sporadic these days I need to pick and chose when I can and can’t exercise. I tend to mix it up with going out for a run or workouts at home in my garden with hiit sessions, weights and also some yoga on my mat. I also sometimes buddy up with a friend and do a workout together in a park, on the beach or one of our gardens. Committing to a workout with a friend makes it harder to cancel if you feel like you can’t be arsed and you’d rather sit on the sofa with Netflix and ice-cream. There’s a time and a place for Netflix and ice-cream, find the balance.
You have to try to keep yourself motivated. The only person that can do that is you. No amount of scrolling through images on Instagram or in magazines will truly keep you motivated, real motivation comes from within. You need to take a look at your lifestyle and see where the imbalances are. Perhaps you go out too much and you could benefit from a night in alcohol free and a soothing yoga flow before bed. Perhaps you really aren’t very active at all so you would be best off starting with some fresh air and walking to get you out and moving. Last night we took ourselves off to the beach for an evening walk. We took off our shoes and put our feet in the sea and felt the sand (and stones) under our feet. We talked about the electrolytes in the ground and how they were keeping us calm and restoring balance – definitely one to Google guys! We could have sat on the sofa watching TV all evening but we decided it would be a waste of a beautiful evening and we felt we needed to get out and get moving.
Enjoy this beautiful weather and use it as a catalyst to get out and get active! Not for a beach body, not for a wedding but for you. Release those endorphins and feel like a Goddess/God!!