So it’s the new year and you’re feeling all pumped with promises to yourself with your fitness intentions for the year ahead. You will notice here that I am using the word intentions – not goals – because actually, I think goals can make us feel totally stressed out and set us up for failure. And we don’t need that getting in the way of us and actually getting the fitness balance right this year.
A word can really make all the difference, because how likely are we to keep to something that we feel we won’t be able to achieve? And so with that said, here are my tips for keeping your fitness intentions this year:
As a busy mum, I know there is no point me promising that I’m going do four thirty minute workout sessions a week – that just ain’t going to happen. And what is realistic for one person is not realistic for another person. For me, my intention is simply to do some form of exercise most days of the week.
Yes I know this might sound woolly but actually, it makes me far more likely to do it than having ridiculous intentions which I know will never see the light of day. So this might be walking a little more each day, doing some press ups during my daughters bath time (yes really, and she finds it very amusing too!), perhaps a couple of 10 minute HIIT videos off You Tube once the house if child free, or a 10 minute yoga flow when I can fit it in. You have to take it where you can get it.
Take it one day at a time
Lets face it, when you think about fitting in fitness in the span of a week, the prospect can feel pretty daunting. So instead take a day by day approach depending on what has happened that day, your energy levels, and what your body needs or can do.
Yes enjoyment and fitness can go together believe it or not! This might come in the form of having some awesome workout clothes like those lovely threads by Fabletics that you love to wear for your fitness sessions; or it might mean choosing an exercise you really love to do rather than what you think you should do.
There is so much choice out there and so if dancing is what you love to do, do a dance based-exercise, if you feel like punching the stresses of the week out, choose a boxing-based exercise and so on. Again, You Tube is your best friend on this one. I am also a big fan of doing Yoga workouts where they have been filmed against beautiful backdrops on beaches and snow-laden mountains which help to transport you to another world, and I love Boho Beautiful on You Tube who really know how to soften the blow of exercising in this way!
Make it interesting
Don’t feel you have to stick to the same type of fitness all the time – mix it up. It can be yoga one day, pilates the next, Zumba the other, and a brisk walk in the park on another day. Remember variety is the spice of life….and fitness too!
Being accountable to somebody with our fitness intentions can make all the difference. So tell a friend and a family member what your intentions are and make yourself accountable to them.
If you have a workout buddy to help you realise your intentions, then all the more better. Find a friend or workout group who also has similar fitness intentions as you and do it together.
Know there will be bad days
Our bodies and energy levels are different every day. There will be days when you feel like you really have to force yourself to exercise. When you really have to drag yourself through. Perhaps you are sick, have had a nightmare day, or it’s your time of the month. Just know that these are only temporary and don’t give it up!
What are your fitness intentions for the year ahead? And what do you think of these tips to help you keep them? Do share in a comment below.
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