Why your relationship with fitness isn’t working
It might be 11pm on a work night, but that doesn’t stop you from scrolling (and scrolling and - you get the idea) through social media. We get it. It’s a rabbit hole that you can’t get out of; you keep looking through all the fitspirational pictures and hashtags, but suddenly you see your favourite celebrity has glowed up, and now you’re hooked.
You want to know what they’re eating (probably something with a £100 price tag attached), and what their exercise routine is. You forget that they have the money to pay for their perfect lifestyle, and you swear that you’re going to give up the sugar for good and hit the gym. Well, maybe tomorrow, because it’s someone’s birthday today and health be damned if you’re going to miss out on the free cake!
Here’s the thing, being influenced by those fantastic “before and after” pictures isn’t bad, but that sort of motivation is probably going to disappear quickly. Whether your goals are to eat healthier or get in shape, your motivation starts with you.
We all have different body shapes, metabolism, requirements - the list goes on. What we’re trying to say is, there’s no one-size-fits-all exercise routine, or diet that you saw on Instagram, that’s going to help to achieve your goals. And what if you don’t like going to the gym? If you hate treadmills with a passion, you’ll end up back on the sofa at the end of the night watching Netflix and eating a bag of Maltesers with a glass of red wine. We don’t blame you - have you seen the new series of Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Genius!
Exercise isn’t boring
A part of your fitness journey will be to find out what works for you. If you like to swim, swim; if you enjoy cycling, cycle. See what we mean? Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Do something you enjoy. The key to succeeding in most things is to enjoy what you do! If you hate it, you’ll quit. You can even play fitness games from the comfort of your own home now - say goodbye to sweaty gyms and clingy lycra. There’s no excuse! There are plenty of opportunities to get active.
Just because your favourite celebrity posts about how much they love spin class every night, doesn’t mean you will. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Whatever exercise you choose to participate in, make sure you can fit it comfortably into your day and that it doesn’t leave you craving a pizza at the end of it.
The good news is that you don’t need to exercise all the time - make sure you rest. That’s right, put your beloved phone away, and get some sleep. It’s so underrated! Honestly, why does everyone seem to be a morning person all of a sudden?
Sleep is key to maintaining physical and emotional wellbeing. We spend a third of our life sleeping, and for a good reason. Recharging your batteries, so to speak, is essential. Without it, there are consequences such as poor mental health, weight gain, and vulnerability to illness.
Balance is essential; you won’t be able to maintain a healthy balance if you work out all the time and fool yourself into thinking it’s okay to binge. Seriously, all those fat Fridays are going to add up. If your diet is terrible, you’re not going to achieve your goals. We empathise, we do, putting away the Cadbury’s and Doritos is even more difficult than exercising. However, you need a balance of working out and eating healthy to hit your goals.
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