6 Things that give me motivation to workout… when it is the last thing I feel like doing

Some mornings, afternoons and nights we really just don’t feel like moving our bodies- and that’s okay! We all have these days/weeks. But we all know that being active is good for our mental health and wellbeing. So here are six things that will hopefully give you motivation when you really need it- especially as the end of the year is near!

Go for a walk

Getting outside, coming into a good breathing pattern and getting our heart rate up can absolutely get us into a ‘workout’ state of mind, especially if you are listening to an upbeat playlist. Even if you don’t get a session in after the walk- at least you’ve done something!

Drink something that makes you feel like being active

This could be anything for you(pls don’t say redbull). Drinking anything that will hydrate you and tell your brain you are getting ready to move will make you want to move, especially if you take your time and mentally prepare. Coffee stimulates our mind, gets our digestive system going and gives us energy. A black coffee or shot of coffee is what you’d have if you were hardcore, I guess- but have coffee the way that you want to have it prior to working out. I’ve also been trying BCAA’s recently which is nice to have something other than water in the morning, its a passionfruit flavour- yum. BCAA’s stand for branched chain amino acid’s and are considered the building blocks for muscle recovery. They are filled with electrolytes and help with muscle soreness post workout. I’m still yet to see ‘results’ or ‘change’ with BCAA’s as I wonder if they are a little placebo driven but also- If a placebo works- it works. AND if you’re getting more daily movement/workouts in due to this, having an extra coffee, possibly a sweetner/sugar in a drink- then its so worth it in my opinion. Lemon water is also a good one or a homemade iced tea!

Get inspiration from Instagram

I’m sure our fave fitness peeps have these days too. Scrolling through a workout they’ve posted, blog they’ve written, looking at a pic of their bangin’ bod LOL will surely give you motivation. Just don’t keep scrolling. 10 min limit.

Music

Our go-to playlists always lift our spirits! Workout beats + tropical house workout are good playlists on Spotify

Use YouTube

YouTube has it all! Type in ’20 min arms’ and there will be a video of someone instructing you, music to keep your energy up and a timer. Plus it feels like you aren’t working out alone.

Try something new

We all get sick of the same sequences, exercises, moves etc so if you’re in a bit of a rut- try something new! If you are dreading lengthy/hard strength workout- don’t do a strength workout! Go for a light jog, do 15 mins of ab work, go for a swim, do a pilates YouTube vid(loving these lately). SOMETHING is always better than NOTHING. I also think having the intention is saying something in itself and even if you get through 10 mins and decide that’s enough- well done! Thats dicipline. And we’ll do better tomorrow! Lets not be so hard on ourselves, but also keep active through this busy, fun, exciting and indulgent time of year!

To a great week! Tully x

7 Mood boosting morning habits

Implementing good daily habits into my routine have been an absolute savor for me during this slow/uncertain/semi-unemployed year. There are so many things that can make or break our day and starting our day ‘right’ makes a massive difference on our moods and productivity! Keep reading to find out 7 of the most beneficial daily habits for a twenty something gal-

  1. GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Being able to actually write down things that we are grateful for rather than just silently going over them in our heads makes a massive difference. When I write out my list in the mornings, (sometimes I will be grateful for 3 things and other times 20- depending on how I’m feeling). I feel a weight off my chest straight away, I just feel so happy automatically that I’m able to list things like “the sun on my skin”, “a bed to wake up in and make”, “a roof over my head”, “how loving and supportive my partner is”, “how lucky I am to have my parents around and the relationship I have with them”, “that I am able to pay my own rent”, “to have access to clean drinking water, all day everyday” etc… once you get writing, the list really can go on for ever. A massive mental health hack is keeping one of these babies and expressing yourself if you ask me!

2. YOGA

Can safely say yoga has changed my life. The breathwork, the movement and mindfulness of it all does WONDERS for our bodies and most importantly, brains. I have just started my 200HR YYT whoop whoop, so this has been keeping me busy also which is an absolute blessing and a half! Whether its 5 minutes in the morning or 50, it is all so beneficial. The mat is such a happy, positive place to be. Youtube videos like Yoga with Adriene(everyone has heard of this queen) are super helpful if you’re lacking inspo that day! Even putting some mellow music on Spotify and having a stretch feels so so good! Can’t speak highly enough of this beautiful practice.

3. MEDITATION

There is a reason that we hear so much of meditation and that’s because it is such a useful tool. I would love to say that I meditate everyday, but to be honest i struggle. I have recently set a goal for myself to meditate for 5 mins on my made bed when I wake up in the mornings. It is something I have to work on but the thought is there and I have intentions to gradually increase my timeframe as I become more familiar/comfortable with the practice! Happy people meditate. Mindset and perspective are everything.

4. BODY MOVIN’

Exercise is an absolute gem when it comes to boosting our moods. There is nothing quite like the post workout high. I must admit some days are SO MUCH HARDER than others. But I get it done and feel proud of myself for it. I generally do a 30minute HIIT/Pilates/Strength workout in the mornings that I have written up myself or again, YouTube! Kayla Itsines and Pamela Reif are great accounts for quick body weight workouts! If you have the space for a yoga mat you really can workout anywhere- no excuses. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

5. CALL SOMEONE YOU LOVE

This is another super important habit to get into. This year we need to be keeping in contact with our loved ones more than ever! It can be a friend you haven’ spoken to in ages or a sibling/parent. Call them, check in and tell them that you love them. Human connection is the most important thing there is, and again- so favorable for our mental health to have a vent/laugh/much needed conversation.

6. READ A FEW PAGES

I really feel like when I read I learn a lot. It can be a few pages or a chapter(I try to read a chapter a day). It can take our minds off unnecessary things, its time consuming and good for our brains. This can be something that you do waking up with your morning coffee or even taking a book to a nearby park. It really is a relaxing ‘habit’ that slows us down.

7. A WALK AND A PODCAST A DAY

Find a podcast that you really enjoy, I like My millennial money, Happy hour, KIC, Oprah and Do you F**king mind as I feel as though they are uplifting and informative. Podcasts also feel a bit like you’re having a conversation with a friend. Aim for half an hour a day(its so nice to get out of the house) Steps + sunshine + spontaneous learning = success.

“Create before you consume” is a quote I heard recently and I couldn’t vouch for it more! Instead of waking up and scrolling or putting on the news to get smashed by depressing media coverage at the very start of a fresh day- have a stretch, take in the sunrise on your balcony, read something, write in your journal, make yourself a nice drink and relax- take it all in, think positive thoughts and just how lucky you are to be here, another day alive and well! There isn’t much else we can ask for!

I have spoken about these habit trackers in a recent blog but a great way to stay on top of your good habits! Keep on fridge! Just google ‘habit tracker’