Every year on New Year’s Eve, many people think about their fitness goals for the following year. At the beginning of last year my boyfriend and I went to the gym a lot. While I was looking for a job, I had time to focus my days around exercise. I was incredibly motivated because I didn’t have much else to do. Now I’m blogging, editing my novel, working and thinking about the upcoming uni semester. After I found a job in February last year, I thought of alternative exercise routines to the gym. I needed something cheaper and more accessible, and ended up deciding that working out at home was the only option. I tried sticking to a fitness programme, but couldn’t motivate myself to cook the meals and struggled to keep up with the workouts. When I lived in Australia, it was much easier to go outside in the sunshine and workout. Here in England, it’s cold and miserable outside most of the time (apart from this summer, which blessed us with sixty days of sunshine), and I’m much happier staying indoors.
Motivation is something I struggle with because of my anxiety. However, going to the gym really helped when I had a muddled head and was feeling low. Exercising every day gave me something to focus on, and made me feel good. When I stopped going to the gym because work and uni got in the way, I needed an easier form of fitness to fill that void.
While scrolling through Pinterest one day, I stumbled upon yoga. I’d done Pilates in the past to heal a knee injury, but had never considered yoga. I gave it a go. Basic stretches to begin with, then some more difficult ones. My flexibility has grown significantly, although there’s so much room to progress. I don’t find it too hard to motivate myself to get the yoga mat out, lay down a towel and workout. It’s more enjoyable than weighted lunges and crunches or running on the treadmill. Yoga is also a great opportunity to clear your mind after a long day or a busy week. I find that, if my mind is restless, stretching and focusing on my breathing pattern helps to calm my anxiety and give my brain a break. Another great thing is that it doesn’t take as long as a gym workout. When I went to the gym, I’d start in the back room for example, and end up in the dumbbell room, then finish off with twenty minutes on the Cross Trainer.
So, you might be asking, what difference am I making this year? The other day I bought a Cross Trainer – an affordable one, nothing too glam – from Argos. So far, for four days straight, I’ve used it for fifteen to twenty-five minutes per day. This has been a great step forward for me, as I haven’t worked out consistently for ages. I love the fact I can track how many calories I’m burning, how far I’m travelling, and my heart-rate from the machine.
In my post Setting Goals for 2019 (read it here), one of my goals was to go back to the gym. To save money on membership fees and travel, I’m going to continue working out at home. How am I going to achieve this? By continuing the routine I’ve started of getting up in the morning and heading to the Cross Trainer.
What are your main goals for 2019?
– S x