With all the uncertainty we have faced over the last few months it is fair to say that life has been challenging for many of us. With another lockdown just around the corner, it is no surprise that we might be feeling anxious or worried about how another 4 weeks at home might affect our health and fitness habits.
From settling back into our home working environment, to trying to find the time and energy to work out, to deciding how best to manage and utilise our time; all while trying to digest what is going on with the world – needless to say there is a lot going on in our heads right now! Our nervous systems can only cope for so long before we experience that inevitable ‘lull’; the energy & motivation sapping feeling that leaves us wanting to swap the trainers for slippers!
We are here to give you the boost of inspiration you need to grab life by the horns over the next 4 weeks and take care of both your physical and mental health and find that motivation you have been lacking… Have a read of these tips
1. Build a routine and stick to it like glue!
Routine is so key, even more so when our lives get thrown upside down. Creating a detailed, daily schedule or to do list is such a great way to stay positive, motivated and on track. Be sure to schedule in everything from daily movement, meals, regular work breaks and self-care (yep that means a nice long bath or some time with your favourite book!). If you work from home, another great idea is to get up and fake your commute and create yourself a proper workspace away from your comfy lounge or bedroom. Rather than just rolling downstairs in your PJ’s, get yourself up and dressed and get yourself some fresh air before settling down at your desk.
2. Reframe your goals
With changing plans comes the changing of goals. You might have had your sights set on training for a big event that may no longer be happening. That does not mean you need to give up and throw your goals away, simply reframe them to be more suitable to your current situation. Your goals may need to change from longer term to more immediate. For example, setting yourself a habit of waking at a certain time, daily movement, learning something new etc, over the next 4 weeks so you can leave lockdown feeling less frustrated, more productive and positive might be more relevant.
3. Be kind to yourself and your body
Nourishing your body with good, healthy and nutritious food and getting a minimum of 10 – 20 minutes of movement a day is going to be fundamental to building positive habits and keeping motivation high over the next few weeks. Planning healthy meals and snacks to have ready for when you feel hungry will make you far less likely to reach for the biscuit tin when the afternoon slump kicks in. Be sure to stretch and move your body daily even if it is something as simple as a 20- minute walk. The fresh air combined with the production of endorphins is amazing for the mind and body and will keep you feeling energized and productive, improve your sleep habits and boost your mood. Something we could all do with at the moment!
4. Focus on micro victories
You might find it too overwhelming to set a big goal right now, particularly if your life is a little up in the air. Instead, focus on the smaller, daily victories. By being realistic with yourself and your targets you are far more likely to hit them. Hitting your targets automatically boosts your motivation levels and can really assist in building a long term, healthy and sustainable habit. Start small and build your way up. Instead of setting yourself a (very scary if you ask me) target of running a marathon when lockdown is up, break it down. Start by setting a goal of running for 10-15 minutes 3 or 4 times a week. Build this up to 20, 30 and so on.
5. Don’t do it alone
‘We may not be in the same boat, but we’re in the same storm’. This next few weeks, months is going to impact us all completely in different ways but we are all in this together. While our situations or circumstances might be different, one thing we are all united on is coming out of this the other side as better people. Never feel like you have to do this alone. We have a brilliant & supportive community of niix women all on a journey to become fitter, stronger, happier and healthier versions of themselves. Our community is a place for people to share motivation, advice, stories but most importantly at this point, support, click here and get involved today, we can’t wait for you to join us!