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My name is Nikki and I’m missing my regular exercise routine.
Yes, I don’t know who I am either.
On my recent holidays I was definitely active. I managed a couple of quick yoga sessions using an app on my iPad and we did some serious walking most days (hello 7km in one morning in Paris … just to get to THE Chanel store and to the Eiffel Tower for lunch) but my regular routine is calling me.
Arriving home with an unknown respiratory virus also set me back last week but this week, I’m back ON.
If you’ve been following along with my health story updates, then you’ll know that I really do mean business.
I also know that four weeks off the routine will make for a hard slog getting back on track.
You too may have been on holidays? Or the call of your doona has been too deafening on these super chilly mornings? Or you’re just not sure where to start to set fitness goals and keep them?
I’m not a personal trainer … but you knew that, right? 😉
I’m just an *ahhem* mature chick who’s tried to stick to an exercise routine many, many times over her adult years but without success … until digging deep two years ago when I realised that without prioritising my health, I would not be able to keep up with my increased workload in my business.
Here are my five simple tips for how to set fitness goals and keep them … from one woman to another. From a woman who’s been where you may be now. I hope that at least one of them gives you the motivation to set fitness goals now (in winter) that will be habits by the time that summer arrives.
Remember, they don’t have to be big goals, just goals you know you can be consistent at maintaining.
1. Talk to your GP before your start. I don’t want this to be a stumbling block for you but it really is important to have a full health check-up. My GP has been very much a guide for me in the type of exercise (and frequency) that I can do with my Hashimoto’s autoimmune condition.
2. Think about what types of exercise you enjoy. If the answer is none, I’m laughing with you too, but trust me if you can somehow marry what you enjoy with an exercise or activity then you’re more likely to stick at it. For me, it was a combination of the suggested exercise types from my GP (yoga and walking) and giving it a go. I’ve always loved walking – it’s meditative for me – and a chance to check out other people’s houses. Yoga is a more recent obsession. I love how strong it makes me feel and how it calms my mind. You may be more a marathon runner or spin-class lover.
3. Map out the times in your day/week that you can schedule for exercise. This was a big one for me. It is way easier now that we are no longer a commuting family. I used to have a small window very early in the morning before my husband started his commute; evenings were out as he wouldn’t get home until late. After playing around with all my “spare” time last year after our move to Brisbane, it quickly became apparent that exercising in the morning was best for me and our new family schedule. Evenings placed stress on my husband to get home from work to tag-team the parenting. Mornings mean I’m done, dusted and set up for the day. I also maximise the time my son spends at swim squad twice a week and walk while he’s churning out the laps. If it were a public pool, I’d swim while he swims.
4. Work out your “why”. I can honestly say this has been the main reason why I’ve been able to create a fitness goal plan and stick to it. I really do want to wake up each day feeling the best that I can, knowing I’ve done as much as I can to help create that feeling through regular exercise and a diet that suits my condition and subsequent metabolism. Sure, I’m only human, and the call of the Champagne on a Friday afternoon is usually a loud one, but 90% of the time I’ve got my eye on the WHY.
5. Create a fitness wardrobe that makes you feel fabulous. An old t-shirt and a saggy and baggy pair of leggings are less likely to motivate you than active wear that fits, flatters and is supremely comfortable to wear. More on that below.
As brand ambassador for Female for Life, I’ve been exclusively wearing this label for almost 12 months now. Even before that pieces from this range very much dominated my fit-robe.
I love that Female for Life offers a size range of 6-24. I love the quality fabrics that have been used in designs that flatter. I love that the pieces are comfortable to wear. To me this is crucial – you do not want to feel uncomfortable while you are in a downward dog position or powering up a hill. You want to feel amazing in what you’re wearing.
Here is an example of a starter capsule fit-robe from Female for Life that will work for you across a range of different activities. The only thing I’d add is a supportive underwire sports bra to suit your bust size. I need one for walking but for yoga I prefer a non-underwire crop like the one pictured so twists and bends are not uncomfortable.
Female for Life has just had a revamp of its online site – check it out here. It’s super user-friendly and easy to navigate to create a fit-robe of your own. You can also now shop by activity, shape and size to enable you to make quick choices.
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So tell me, if you’ve got great fitness goals in place, what advice do you have for others looking to get on track in the exercise department? What’s your favourite way to exercise?