Spring is nearly upon us, and instead of feeling guilty from the lack of exercise done over winter, now is the time to start being proactive.
You really can’t put a price on feeling healthy and confident in your own body, so investing time into exercise is a lifestyle choice with long-term benefits.
Benefits of regular exercise?
- Positive outlook, increased mental health
- Euphoric feeling from endorphins, a boost in happy chemicals
- Healthier working body, including improved cardiovascular and cognitive function
- Reduced stress levels and alleviated anxiety
- Self confidence
- Looking fantastic
- Etc, ect, etc.
If those benefits alone don’t motivate you, we’ve listed our 6 top tips to help you start to get back into shape in time for spring.
1. Morning routine
Morning routines have been proven to increase efficiency and productivity. So it makes sense to have a morning routine that allows us to start forming healthy habits. If your days are filled with work and other commitments, then mornings could be the perfect opportunity to fit in a workout. Not only will you begin to have more energy throughout the day, you’ll start your working day feeling energised.
2. Plan your workouts
Having a plan in mind will help to keep you on track and accountable for your workouts. If mornings work for you, schedule your workouts for then, and plan the rest of your day accordingly. Putting pen to paper and writing down your goals is also an easy way to remind yourself why exercise is important to you, and you can refer to this later when you’re in need of inspiration.
3. Train with a friend
Working out with a friend will make you accountable for turning up to your workouts, and will increase your enjoyment! If you're surrounded by people who also have active lifestyles and healthy habits, there is a high chance that these habits will rub off on you in a good way.
4. Find balance
Try to be consistent with your workouts. Developing a good routine will help you stay on track. Trying to move your body every day is important, even if it’s brisk walk or spending an hour gardening. If you don’t feel like going to the gym, go for a run outside instead. Rest and recovery is just as important as exercise itself. You need to listen to your body - don’t push yourself too hard if you’re feeling worn out, and give your muscles a rest if they are sore.
5. Mindful eating
As body uses more energy, you need to make sure you’re feeding yourself with the nutrients you need to recover properly. To restore your energy levels after a workout, and to help your muscles recover, try getting some protein in your diet. A protein boost will help your overall wellness, energy levels, and immunity. It will assist your recovery after exercise, help to combat hunger cravings, and help with weight management and lean muscle building. A natural protein such as Bare Blends’ Vanilla Bean WPI is perfect support for those with an active lifestyle.
6. Celebrate your success
Every time you reach a small goal, celebrate your progress. Make sure your goals are achievable and realistic, and stick to your guns. Working towards a reward also helps, for example, if you’ve stuck to your goal of four gym sessions for four weeks, reward yourself by going to get a massage, or buy yourself a new pair of running shoes. Your body will love you for it!