Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.
I can’t remember where I read it, but I remember someone saying that using energy creates energy. So when you expend energy during exercise that in turn creates energy, leaving you feeling fresh, invigorated, and ready to face the day. I know we’re all struggling with having to be inside all the time during this social distancing thing; it feels like the days are starting to blend into one. However, it’s more important than ever to try and get some exercise in every day, even if it’s just a brisk walk around the block. Here are my top tips for motivating yourself to work out during quarantine…
1. Do it first thing in the morning
My rationale is this: the longer the day goes on, the longer you have to talk yourself out of it, and that’s certainly what happens when I put it off and tell myself that I’ll go later. I just don’t end up going. My advice is to get up, have a cup of tea or coffee first if you like, and then get up and go. if work prohibits morning workouts then do it after dinner but you need to be very discipline for night time workouts.
2. Remember how good you’ll feel afterwards
Taking that first step out the door or pressing play on that workout video is always the hardest part. However, like I’ve talked about above, you just have to remind yourself how amazing you’ll feel afterwards. You’ll feel more awake, alert, energised and ready to get on with the rest of your day.
3. Save different workout videos on your phone
Some days I’ll bounce out of bed and am perfectly happy to do a 6 mile hike up Rocky Peak Mountain but most days I jump on the Eliptical machine for 1 hour and then pump iron for another 30 minutes and then some days it feels like a struggle to get up at all. That’s why I have a number of different workouts I can choose from all bookmarked on my phone. On those days when I’m really not feeling it I do a yoga workout video, or arms video which seems a lot more manageable when I’m trying to get myself up.
4. Have good music to listen to on the go
I put on my different playlist on Spotify and just GO! Sometimes it's just Drake playlist and then it's woman impowerment playlist and then other times the hot hip hop current songs. This all depends on my mood but it keeps me moving and pump up!
5. Reward yourself with a tasty breakfast
Remind yourself that as soon as you get back from your run or workout you can have a hot shower and a tasty breakfast. For me, protein shake or a cup of tea served with oatmeal and blueberries or poached eggs on toast.
Working out can change your life!