For someone who loves their junk food and spends long hours in front of the TV cuddling my cat Poppy, I'm a hard person to motivate. So it's safe to say that fitness has never really been my strong point, but recently I've found some amazing tips that actually work for me and I'm positive they can work for you too.
I've also found a fabulous freebie from Weight Watchers, whereby if you scan your receipt and upload it to their website, you could win lots of fitness boosting items including yoga mats, skipping ropes, gym balls and skipping ropes, pretty good right?
So, what are my top tips to get you motivated to workout ready for Summer?
Stop making excuses
We're all busy, tired and have lots of things going on in our lives but did you know the following exercises burn up to 100 calories?
- Cleaning for half an hour
- Cooking for 35 minutes
- Playing with children for 25 minutes
- Rearranging furniture for 15 minutes
- Shopping for 40 minutes
- Walking the dog for 25 minutes
There are so many other activities you can do which will burn calories so now there's no excuse to avoid exercise and fit it into your everyday routine.
Work out during your workday
There are so many ways you can work out whilst at work, including taking the stairs instead of the lift, popping out for a walk at lunch time, and even sets of leg lifts whilst at your desk can help get the blood pumping. If you're super eager, you could always join a class before work or encourage employees to play an active game during your lunch break.
Don't skimp on carbs
One of the biggest mistakes people make when on a diet (myself included) is cutting out carbs. Whilst cutting out bad carbs is a positive change you can make, cutting out good carbs and substance like fruit or high-fibre crackers will not help, as your body needs them to fuel a quality workout session. If you're exercising for longer than 90 minutes, take some protein so that the carbs can break down more slowly and give you longer lasting energy.
Exercise at home
During ad breaks on your favourite tv shows, get up and do jumping jacks on the spot while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, or jog up and down the stairs a couple of times or doing leg lifts on the end of your sofa. Even if you do a couple of sit-ups, you’re still being active which is much better than slouching eating snacks.
Give yourself a break
Finally, you don't have to be a fitness goddess or run a marathon to get the results you want. Making simple changes to your lifestyle and accept the fact that sometimes you will slip. However, when you accept that fitness isn't all or nothing and is a steady transition, you're more likely to stick to your goals and change your lifestyle for the better. Good luck!