During these unprecedented times, it’s important to keep your fitness up. Not only does exercise improve your physical health, but it releases endorphins that help you feel more upbeat and positive. And we all need that right now!
Of course, keeping fit is easier said than done if you can’t find the motivation.
Perhaps your plans to get ‘beach body ready’ at the start of lockdown have fallen by the wayside as the rot of boredom has set in? Or maybe you’ve found yourself seeking solace in a pack of sausage rolls, rather than a set of fifty squats?
If that’s the case, don’t worry. Core Balance is here to help you rekindle your motivation and get back on track to achieving your fitness goals.
For many people, a thirty-minute workout is the last thing they want to be doing after finishing work, cooking dinner, and doing their household chores.
Part of the problem is the common misconception that you need to do all your exercise in one go. Not only is this daunting, but it simply isn’t true.
Doing five-minutes of exercise in the morning, taking a fifteen-minute walk at lunch, and doing a ten-minute workout in the evening all counts towards your daily recommended exercise. In other words, fit exercise around your day, don’t fit your day around exercise.
You’ll find it a lot easier to motivate yourself if you have time to spin some tunes, veg out on the sofa, and watch your favourite show on Netflix.
Try Something New
Bored of the same old exercise routine? Then switch things up by trying something new. Keeping things fresh by doing different workouts is a great way to beat the boredom and fuel your motivation.
When we get bored of the same routine, we like to switch things up by watching fitness videos on Instagram or YouTube. One of our favourite Instagrammers is Rachel Bowen-Jones, the brains behind the brilliant @huladancercise. Rachel combines hula-hooping with dance to create a calorie-burning workout that is really, really, really fun.
Trust us, once you’ve watched a couple of videos and seen how Rachel puts her heart and soul into it, you won’t be able to stop yourself from joining in.
Listen to Music
Everyone has rhythm, even if they don’t know it. Rhythm is the reason you find yourself tapping your feet when you hear a banging tune or bobbing your head to the beat of the music. It’s what gets you moving.
Listening to music when you’re exercising is no different. Not only does it make exercise less boring, but it motivates you to move. If it’s fast-paced or has a motoric beat, it can help you push yourself harder and exercise for longer.
Every week, we like to create a playlist of fast-paced tunes that we can listen to when we’re working out, but if you don’t want to create your own, there are plenty of playlists on YouTube and Spotify to pump you up and get you moving.
If you’ve only just started exercising, it can take weeks before you start to notice a change in your appearance. For some, this can really affect their motivation. After all, why bother if you can’t see results?
The important thing to remember is that as long as you’re burning more calories than you’re taking in, you will lose weight, tone up, and build those muscles – even if you can’t immediately see it.
Fitness trackers are an easy way to keep track of how many calories you’re burning and how many you’re taking in, so you know you’re heading in the right direction.
But if you don’t want to splash the cash on a fitness tracker, taking a full body photo of yourself and looking back at it a month later can open your eyes to the progress you’re making and motivate you to carry on.
Sometimes, treating yourself to a new piece of equipment can motivate you to get back into the groove of things.
At Core Balance, we sell quality fitness equipment at an affordable price, so anyone can keep fit from the comfort of their home.
If you don’t own any equipment, our Premium Fitness Mat is a perfect place to start as it’s suitable for every type of workout, including Yoga, Pilates, and HIIT.
If you’re already a fitness fanatic, why not check out our Mini Loop Bands? Made from natural latex for ultimate durability and elasticity, they’re a brilliant way to add resistance to your workout, challenge your muscles, and improve your strength and flexibility.
Want to know more? Then check out our blog on Why You Need a Set of Mini Loop Bands.