So 2020 is a total write off. I thought this was going to be my year. A new decade, the fresh start I needed to get my health in check. I’ll start next year, when everything’s back to normal…
Wait hold up a second. Yes I’m talking to you! Remember that absolute boss back in January that set those goals you wanted to achieve by the end of the year? You know what I’m talking about - don’t pretend you didn’t set them. Well, 2020 isn’t over. In fact, I’m sure for a lot of people, this whole spend 80% of your day inside thing is a blessing in disguise. You want to know why? Because the most important thing isn’t cancelled. YOU aren’t cancelled.
Now, thanks to dare I say it, the C-19 bomb you have more time than you could have ever imagined to work on yourself and what’s important to you. Always wanted to start yoga but going to class was too intimidating? Don’t worry about it, now it’s just you and your mat. Always wanted to run a marathon but never had the time? Get up, lace up and start running. Always wanted to start eating clean, nutritious meals that fuel your body instead of eating takeaway? Turn on that oven and pull out that cookbook my friend! You got it - ok. But seriously, what are you waiting for?
Hacks to boost your motivation to exercise:
- Find a workout buddy - This ensures you stay accountable as you won’t want to cancel and let your buddy down
- Create an energy boosting playlist - Once you’re vibe is up, you’ll want to get up and move your body
- Book in your workouts at the start of the week - Physically seeing when you’re workouts are and when you’re busy, prevents you from ‘doing it later’ because you’ll realise it’s now or never
- Organise your clothes the night before - Eliminating the decisions you have to make in the morning will make exercising seem easier and reduce the chances of talking yourself out of it
- Set a time and stick to it - ‘Later’ often becomes never, book it in like an appointment you can’t cancel
- Don’t overthink it, just get moving - The hardest part is getting the motivation to start, once you’re up and moving chances are you’ll want to keep going
The reality is, this year is still 366 days long (you’ve got an extra one there) and time is going to go on whether there’s a pandemic or not. Yes, this year has been hard on all of us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of what’s left of it. Let’s adapt and make healthy changes now, so you can show 2020 what you’re made of and set yourself up for a successful future.
The key is, to participate in exercise that you enjoy. This will keep you on track as it won’t seem like a chore, rather a way to have fun. Also, take baby steps and start slow. Don’t expect that you’re going to become a new person overnight, make little changes over a long period of time so it’s less of a shock to the system and more maintainable. Remember that not every workout has to be strenuous, especially if you are new to the exercise bandwagon. Something simple like a beach walk or a yoga session is a great way to start. I find it helps to keep things interesting and change it up so you don’t get bored. Try new activities, invite friends or go to new places to keep you on your toes.
If you’re looking for new workout ideas or food inspo, follow my instagram page - train.with.jose. Otherwise, Strava is a great app to track your running and log your workouts. It also allows you to keep tabs on what your friends are up to which might spark a competitive streak within you. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with some healthy competition!
You have two choices when you look back at this year. You can look back at 2020 as if it didn’t happen and was a total waste of time or you can look back and be proud of how hard you worked to create the version of yourself you always wanted to be. I know you’ll make your future self proud! A very wise man once said: “You can have results or excuses. Not both.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Come on, there’s only 3 weeks left of the year to tick off those goals. I know you’ve got this!
Love Jose xx