It’s no secret that after the festive period, exercise is the last thing we actually want to do. With our bellies still full of delicious chocolates & mulled wine, we may tend to ignore that our trousers are feeling that little bit tight. In light of this, from the 1 January, we will be on a mission…to actually keep our New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Will this year finally be the year that you reach your goal? Tell yourself that yes it will! To help you on your journey, I have some guidance for your new exercise plan.
Exercise does not have to such an effort
For those of you who hate working out, I have some recommendations on different workouts to try to discover what exercise you enjoy the most. When you enjoy what you’re doing you will not feel that it is a huge chore. Instead, it’s simply a hobby that you are fond of. As a result, your whole mindset about exercise will change. What’s even more beneficial is to focus on your goals. To emphasize, envision yourself with a defined torso wearing that crop top. That tight little black dress that you have been avoiding lately. You don’t find willpower, you create it. I don’t want to hear any more excuses like “I’m too tired”, “It’s raining”, or “It’s too late”. Instead, I want to hear “I want to become the best version of myself”.
Try the gym at a discount
First and foremost, you are going to achieve your physical goals through exercise. With this in mind, I have two of the most effective options to get you into shape. To begin with, we have the gym. I completely understand if you are feeling a little anxious about going to the gym. I have also experienced this feeling before. To be working out in front of everyone, and maybe people will look at you and you feel uncomfortable. Girl, relax, they are obviously checking you out! Every person in the gym is there with the same motive. You are all in this together. Forget about what everyone else is thinking and focus only on yourself.
Owing to the traditional New Year’s resolution to lose weight, most gyms will capitalize on this. Now is the perfect time to try out your local gym whilst heavily discounted memberships or free trial periods are available. Having said that, be sure to shop around to find the best deal. Generally speaking, most gyms have more or less the same equipment. Even so, try and find a gym offering classes. Classes will introduce you to exercise that you would never have thought to try, whilst they also mix up your daily workout to work all parts of your body.
Workout from your phone
On the other hand, if you much prefer to avoid gyms, or simply, you do not have a gym close by to you then work out from the comfort of your own home. With an abundance of workout apps available, you can find one for a certain type of exercise, another to work a certain part of your body, etc. You will however find that some of these apps have hidden costs. Be that as it may, sometimes they are worth their cost. This year, I tried the Sweat app by Kayla Itsines. After signing up, you pay a monthly subscription which provides you with access to plenty of workouts to keep you occupied. What’s more, with every new month, comes new workout programs. I personally could not believe which exercises I was doing after 2 months and the progress I made in such a short amount of time. Highly recommended!
In light of the current pandemic, I have a cheeky little loophole to share with you. Whilst we were in lockdown and couldn’t leave the house, I still wanted to exercise. However, I could not go out for a run, let alone go to the gym. During this time, I instead followed my local gym’s Facebook page and started to follow personal trainers on Instagram. They provided me with workout videos to follow at home. They only did this because they also could not go to work and used the time productivity to attract more followers. All in all, I must now have up to 100 different videos saved on my social media to repeat the workout whenever I wish, for free! Genius.