With the warmer weather approaching, it’s natural to be conscious about being in our happiest places for the summer months. Whether you have summer fitness goals, or just general fitness goals, getting on top of them can be a daunting prospect, especially when you feel like you have little to no time as it is already!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has spent more time than they’d like to admit scrolling through Instagram staring at the vast amount of people who seem to have their fitness routines figured out down to a tee. All the while I can’t even get on top of my schedule enough to pre-pack my lunch most nights! Ha! Well, last year I decided it was time to get into fitness and figuring out how to be a happier, healthier version of myself – and I have to say that it has absolutely changed my life for the better. Not just from a vanity point of view, but getting outside and getting an exercise in completely changes your mental state, literally pumping you with endorphins that make you feel like you’re on top of the world!
When I initially got into exercising I was one of those people who was stressed constantly, I never felt like I had enough time and I had so desperately been waiting and waiting for the day to come where I felt like I had an extra hour or two to go work out… But guess what? The day never came. So instead, I brought the day to me! And here’s how…
#1 The Seven Minute Workout
Before using this app, I had no idea how much I could get done in seven minutes. LITERALLY JUST SEVEN MINUTES. It sounds almost laughable, completing a whole circuit in seven minutes and actually seeing changes from it – but I promise you, it works.
The Seven Minute Workout app is free to download from the app store, and it has a variety of different exercise routines you can try out. Each move lasts 30-45 seconds before you’re taken to the next one, and by the end of the circuit I was left sweaty, and feeling like I’d just ran 10km!
This is a great place to start if you’re chasing a workout you never have time for. Even just to pump you through the week before having more time on the weekends!
#2 Evening Workouts
When I first got into exercising, everybody I knew said they preferred working out in the morning. It ‘sets them up for the day’ – that’s great. But I don’t know if I have attachment issues with my bed or something, because when my alarm would ring 2 hours before I’d normally have to get up and I knew it was just to go to the gym? I couldn’t face leaving the comfy warm hug of my duvet. It was just too much! Ha!
Instead, I devoted evenings to my workout. Once getting home I’d have a dinner, which I would ensure was something ‘healthier’ because I knew immediately afterwards I’d be heading to the gym, then I’d workout for 45 minutes to an hour, before coming home and having my protein shake. The whole process would be finished by 9 pm and then I’d have the rest of the night to do whatever I pleased!
Even if you only do this 2/3 nights a week it’s a great way to fit exercise into your routine, and knowing that you’re heading to the gym after eating dinner can help motivate you to have a healthier plate of food, too!
#3 Immediately After Waking Up
Similar to the seven-minute workout, some people swear by rolling out of bed and hitting a circuit then and there. Whether you invest in a yoga mat or not, you could do a great bunch of ab workouts or different bodyweight exercises to wake you up and get you going, without even having to leave the comfort of your bedroom!
This is a great way to start incorporating exercise into your day more, and you could even do this on alternating days depending on your schedule, giving you certain circuits that you do on certain mornings!
#4 During Your Lunch Break
This is a pretty touch and go one, depending on the length of your lunch break and the facilities that your workplace offers, but when I first joined the company I work at, on days where I wouldn’t be out on set, I’d sometimes go jogging during my lunch break.
I’d only devote 25-30 minutes to running so that I had enough time to get back and have some food before getting back to work. But the routine was pretty great and it helped me feel like I was accomplishing something while breaking up the day at work!
#5 Fitting Little Bursts into Your Day
And finally, whether you’re doing triceps dips on your couch while watching the evening TV, or you do some quick lunges or cardio on the staircases at work, finding little ways to do exercise during your day can be another way of accomplishing goals and getting exercise into your routine. You can burn a bunch of calories this way without having to devote extra time to work out!
This could be paired really well with a weekend workout routine, where you spend the time during the week fitting in little bursts of exercises where you can, then on the weekends, you have a trip to the gym or a different kind of exercise scheduled in.
Getting exercise into your routine can change your life in so many great ways. The motivation alone will make you feel like you can take on anything, and feeling that burst of self-confidence from finishing a workout is something I look forward to constantly!
Another thing that motivates me to workout if through buying new fitness gear – it sounds so cliche but honestly, having a new outfit makes me excited to get burning some calories in it!
I’ve put together some awesome pieces below for fitness wear if you’re interested in cheap but brilliant gear to get you started!
Do you like working out? Or is it something you’re not a huge fan of? Make sure to comment below or tweet/Instagram me @mileinmyglasses! I’d love to talk all about working out! Ha!
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I hope you’re having a wonderful day,