Fast-track to fitness: 5 top tips
Started well but losing your enthusiasm during lockdown? Award-winning PT Steve Gregory on how to stay motivated and improve your health and wellbeing
Promised yourself you’d eat well and get super fit during lockdown? For many of us, the excuses of commutes, long working days, not enough time and tiredness have been removed – so, er, why can we still not commit to fit?! Steve Gregory (below), former pro footballer and owner of the award-winning FitLife gym in Haddenham, Bucks, is the man who knows how to get a grip on the most important asset we have – our health – during these unprecedented times. Over to you Steve…
Find your fitness mojo
One of the most common questions I have been asked since closing the gym in March is ‘How do I stay motivated to workout?’ and here is what I tell those people:
Motivation and discipline are two different things, and you need them both. Here’s why. Motivation comes from external factors, like I have a marathon I am training for, or I have a holiday I want to get in shape for. These are great and will keep you motivated to workout regularly.
The thing is, right now, we don’t have many external motivators to help us stay on track. Most fitness events have been cancelled, as have most holiday plans.
This is where you need discipline to take over. We all have great intentions when it comes to exercise, how often do we say “I will start on Monday?”. However, as the intended session creeps around there are a million and one other things that can grab your attention to stop you starting that workout. If you remain disciplined enough to start, 9 times out of 10 you’ll finish your workout and I guarantee when that happens you will feel AMAZING. The feeling you have at the end of that session, whether it be a run, yoga or a home workout, will leave you excited for more.
Don’t get me wrong, between then and your next planned session, a million and one things will crop up meaning your discipline will need to step up yet again, but you’ll now have the motive of feeling fantastic waiting for you at the end of the session. JUST START the workout… You won’t regret it.
My top 5 tips to finding your discipline
Schedule in the session at a realistic time. You know yourself better than anyone, if you’re not a morning person, don’t go and schedule in a workout for 6am, you are just setting yourself up for a battle that you’re unlikely to win. Be kind to yourself and ask when is the most likely time for me to start that workout.1
Do something you enjoy. Right now our fitness goals are much less important than our mental wellbeing. Do something that will make you FEEL great over punishing your body, that way exercising will feel like a pleasure rather than a struggle.2
Join a live stream session. Just like a class at the gym, you are much more likely to attend if there is a set start time. We have launched a private facebook group called FITLIVE which is completely free to join. We have 3 sessions a day with 8 different instructors. The classes range from high intensity to yoga, strength sessions to pilates. We have something for everyone. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2115350634202163
Get outside. It’s no coincidence that the government has issued a lockdown BUT are still allowing us to go outside and exercise for 1 hour a day. They understand the importance that has on your mental health and so should you. Use it. Do not underestimate the benefit of a long walk.4
Drop the excuses. Right now, your excuses aren’t valid. I am too busy, I don’t have time, I’m self conscious, I’m not fit enough are all common excuses that I hear to not workout. But right now, no one is commuting meaning we have extra time in our day, most of our workloads have decreased, we can only exercise on our own and no one will know how fit you are… So drop those excuses and start that workout.5
If you want additional help to find your fitness mojo, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org – he’s awesome.