After a pretty long break and some technical glitches, I’m kicking it all back again with a slightly different post this time. There is something about spring that makes us more determined to go back to our best shape and start dieting or working out again. Unless you’re lucky enough to have strong willpower to do this all year round, which is great and I envy the heck out of you. I’m not that kind of person. It’s easy for me to get out of my workout and eating healthy routine during winter, when the weather is horrible, I can get away with few extra pounds hidden underneath heavy winter coat or chunky jumpers and I need some (read: A lot of) ‘comfort me’ food during that time. So all is forgiven…right?!
Spring, however, is the best time to start thinking and acting healthy again towards losing those extra few pound. I feel like it’s just naturally easier to do. The sun is coming out more often, the day is longer, there is more fresh fruit and veg on the market, not to mention there is extra motivation in upcoming holiday season, for those of us who want to get this bikini body back on track…
I sometimes put few extra pounds on during winter. Not to the point where I’d need to go size up with my clothing, (I’m typically size 8-10 UK) but definitely to the point where I can feel it and my clothes are somewhat less roomy…A while back I used to work out a tonne, almost every day and I was very pleased with the results. I became more muscular, had a flat stomach and felt really good about it. The diet was also healthy and green for the most part with some occasional moments of weakness (in a form of chocolate or ice-cream) which I felt immediately very guilty about and quickly had to ‘make up for it’ by exercising even more. It didn’t last long. I was trying very hard to adjust my life and myself to my workout routine, not other way round and there were way too much sacrifices on a daily basis that I just simply could not live with long term. So I stopped. Completely. After so many failed attempts at making it a regular occurrence, I finally realised what I was doing wrong along the way and here are some tips I hope will help you not only start but most importantly sustain a healthy lifestyle.
- First of all, spend some time at finding out what type of workout suits You. Whether you like hitting the gym, working out at home, biking, swimming, running or whatever else. It must be something you won’t get bored with and that you will enjoy doing. I personally couldn’t commit to going to the gym and I hate running, but I really enjoyed working out at home, finding new workouts on YouTube and increasing my intensity level as I go along. The absolute best I found is Fitnessblender. These guys are amazing and have 100s of workouts targeting different body parts and problem areas, as well as ranging from quick, 10 minute sessions, to more advanced, 45 minutes or more, which you can do in the safety of your own home. If you’re looking for a good home workout, I very highly recommend you check them out.
- Compile Your very own favourite playlist that will put some spring to your step and make you go through your exercise routine much easier. It will make your workout more energetic and much more enjoyable
- Fit your workout into your current lifestyle, not other way round. This is so important and one of main reasons why we fail to sustain it. It’s great that this month you may have time to work out every day, but it may not always be the case. You may have a demanding job, running errands, or just busy being a parent. It has a greater chance to last if it’s not too much of a sacrifice. You may have to make some sacrifice at first, say, to get you to your goal weight, after all ‘no pain no gain’, but then make sure you can truly dedicate some time for your workout to make it part of your life and enjoy every minute of it. It doesn’t have to be 7 days a week, in fact it shouldn’t. 3-4 times a week for about 30 minutes is perfect and soon you’ll see the benefits. You pick the day, the time and the place, whatever suits You.
- Make small changes in your daily life. Everything counts after all, so if you can, take stairs not the lift, walk instead of driving and use those beautiful sunny spring Sunday afternoons for a walk in the park, or a bike ride around the area. It doesn’t have to be all sweat and blood after all, it can really be enjoyable and you can involve your family, friends or partner to join you. Working out doesn’t have to involve any cost at all, so you don’t have to pay for gym membership or expensive equipment. Every now and again reward yourself with some new, pretty workout outfit. Trivial as it sounds, it really can make a difference and make you feel much better about exercising.
Ever since I changed my approach to working out, it suddenly became a lot easier. Yes, it still requires a lot of motivation and self preservation, no one is going to do it for me, but I feel like it now fits with everything else going on around me. I’m being more realistic about it. There is so much more to it than just ‘bikini body’. If you look at the big picture and realise that it’s all about your health and feeling good and confident about yourself, these 30 minutes three times per week are really not that horrible and impossible to achieve. Remember, it’s the time that you’re not wasting. You’re dedicating it to your health and wellbeing. And the feeling of satisfaction after each workout…. Priceless!!!