So the predictably unpredictable English spring is in full swing: sunshine, heavy showers, pollen; wedges, rain coats, and blossoms. And the countdown to summer, and if you’re lucky, your summer holiday, has started. The six-week countdown to my summer holiday has started…dah dah dah!!
So, in honour of the Summer Holiday Countdown, I will be writing a series of blog posts to help get you motivated, tips on getting bikini-body ready, nutrition inspiration and anything else that may be useful in preparation for flouncing about on a Spanish island in a bikini – smugly at least.
Top Tips for Getting Motivated, Staying Motivated and Getting your Ass to Gym!
I get it. We all have those days when we feel too tired to get up early to get to gym, so we roll over and hit snooze. Or when we work late and just want to get home and eat, and not go on that run. Or keep saying ‘next week I will workout more’… I’ve just been too busy, I’m too tired, I haven’t felt like it. Raise your hand if you’re guilty…
And in this very common situation that most of us face are two clear factors.
The first, is about the time and the logistics of it – sometimes it really is difficult to fit it in, and if it’s a choice between an extra hour of sleep or a run, some weeks it feels like sleep is the lifeline. But I’m a big believer that if you want to you’ll make time for something. Or at least if you want the results, you’ve got to make it a priority. As Stephen Covey says in ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ [don’t give yourself a headache from the eye-rolling]: The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities’. Boom.
The second issue here, is about motivation. Sometimes our motivation flags, it’s not a priority and well, we just don’t feel like it.
So here are the Running in High Heels Top Tips for getting motivated, staying motivated and getting your ass to gym!
What is it you want and why?
Be very clear on what your aim is and what you’ll get from it. One of the first, and really, fundamental, things I ask athletes and people I coach, is: What is it you want, what is the goal here (the Big Bold Badass goal)? And how fucking bad do you want it? If you can’t answer yourself with a truly honest and raw I WANT IT SO FUCKING BAD – then you’re stumbling at the first hurdle. YOU’VE GOT TO WANT IT! (Or spend some time figuring out what you really want. Check out Liz Goodchild’s blog post on setting goals: http://www.lizgoodchild.co.uk/the-first-two-steps-in-goal-setting/)
It is only up to you.
No-one is going to do it for you, and honestly, no-one really gives a shit if you do it or not. It’s up to you. Take accountability. Step up and follow-through. Keep the promises you make to yourself, or don’t make them. It’s not good for the psyche to keep letting yourself down. On that note, it’s blooming marvellous when you fulfil your own promises and achieve your goals!
Find something that you actually enjoy doing.
There are so many different activities and ways to exercise that there really isn’t an excuse. You don’t have to pay gym fees, you don’t have to enjoy running, you don’t have to join a team sport. Try something new, experiment, think outside the box. Make it interesting and have fun. It should be enjoyable, albeit in a challenging and sweaty way, but it should be enjoyable. Don’t do shit you don’t like…And don’t tell me you don’t like exercise – there is ALWAYS some form of exercise you will enjoy. We are hard-wired as human beings to get pleasure from exercise and physical activity – it’s science, don’t argue with it ;).
Do whatever it takes.
It’s a battle, so bring your big guns! And the battle is against that sneaky little voice inside of you saying ‘You don’t need to do it today’. Use images, quotes, music, motivational video clips – whatever – we all need a little nudge sometimes. Do whatever it takes to keep you pepped, pumped and motivated! Like Leonidas, the King of Sparta over here…
Work towards it daily.
Keep having challenges, enter a race, have a deadline, set small goals, have a plan – and step by step work towards it. It’s not about perfection, it’s about progress. And consistency. The change happens in doing these things daily.
And in the words of Britney [yes, I am quoting a pop song by Ms Spears – don’t judge me]: ‘If you want to look hot in a bikini, you better work b*&ch!’
Time to take my own advice.
Here’s to the next six weeks Running in High Heelers – let’s own it!