Let’s talk about exercise.
I’ve never been into sport. Not doing it, not watching it – it’s never really been my thing, but I don’t mind a spot of exercise.
Don’t get me wrong, I never have been (and probably never will be) someone who is desperate to get up and go to the gym. In fact, I’ve been known to dread even the most fun and enjoyable of fitness classes. Most of the time, however, I really enjoy myself when I’m there – whether it’s a class where I can have a laugh with a friend, or a tough session where I can release some stress, I’m usually fine when I’m there. I also LOVE the feeling after working out. I know everyone is supposed to enjoy a release of endorphins after exercise, but I always feel both satisfied, relaxed and full of energy afterwards – I’m always in a great mood. I just need to keep that post-exercise feeling in mind to encourage myself to go and work out!
I’ve recently been thinking a lot about exercise and ways in which to motivate myself. In fact, there’s a lot to be motivated by.
- The opportunity to improve your fitness levels. This definitely applies to me, as I don’t consider myself to be as fit as I once was. I’m easily out of breath when walking (okay running) up the stairs on the Tube, and little things in my day-to-day life like that make me wish I was just that bit more fit.
- The way you look. Whilst weight loss is often associated with exercise, it isn’t just about that. It’s about strengthening and toning your muscles. Personally, I’m content with my current weight but there are parts of me that definitely need toning. My upper arms are no longer as slender as they once were, and I know my booty could definitely do with a bit of a lift! I know it’s vain, but sometimes the way you look and the way your clothes fit can be your biggest motivation.
- The opportunity to try something new. At the beginning of the year, I decided I wanted to try a new class. A long story short, my best friend and I have attended a few classes for Aerial Silks and Aerial Hoop. (It’s literally as it sounds – hanging in the air from various parts of your anatomy, attached to either pieces of material or a large hoop!) Whilst they look incredible elegant in photos and videos of professionals, I can assure you I’m not a natural. Each week, I have returned home having pulled every muscle in my body and covered in bruises. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun whilst exercising though!
- Socialising. Exercising with a friend or family member can be a great opportunity to bond. Whether you get to talk through your workout, on your journey to and from a class, or simply something you have in common to talk about afterwards. It’s great to find something to do together that doesn’t involve eating or drinking!
- New fitness wear. I don’t know about you, but I am always hugely motivated by new fitness wear. I’m not someone who spends hundreds of pounds on the latest trainers of equipment, but a new sports bra or pair of leggings can make you feel your best and make you want to make the most of them. I’ve recently picked up this incredible patterned set from Milochie (a beautiful range of eco-friendly and ethically-sourced yoga and fitness wear) and I immediately downloaded an app to practise at-home yoga in them! (Exercise doesn’t have to cost you anything!) Speaking of fitness wear, I’ve also been lusting over the workout leggings at Manure De Voir too!
Whatever it is that’s motivating you, just make sure that your reasons are personal to you – not because of someone else. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.
Full yoga outfit: Fire range from Milochie
I’m now on the look out for a new class to try or join. Are there any in particular that you recommend or that you would like to try?