Ah, January. The month where I regret December’s wine-and-stilton combo and wonder wistfully what happened to my flat stomach. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve seen any sign of it since approximately 2006.
January is the month I duck into the shower under the cover of a towel lest I catch a glimpse of errant thigh wobble. The month I just think “sod it”, and tuck into another warming jacket potato in front of the fire. The month I continue in the pattern of red wine and brie for dinner, because why not eh?
New year, new me? Not when it’s cold and raining, thanks.
The lack of January fitness motivation has never been more evident for me than in 2017. I have a marathon to run in less than 100 days (HOLY SHITBALLS etc etc) and, despite my best intentions – always the best intentions – I haven’t been able to get myself going.
Fitness Tips for January
Which is why I’ve roped in the advice of a pro. I met Adrienne working out at David Lloyd at the beginning of last year, and her Instagram is total fitness goals. Adrienne is a personal trainer, a fitness model and a mum, and she’s running the marathon as well this year (I’d wager way faster than me ;) ). Here are her tips to give yourself a good old kick up the bum this January.
Get Started! If your gym kit’s been gathering dust for a while, then the best time to start is now. Block out some time in your diary, pull yourself together and just get it done. The first workout is the toughest, but you’ll feel great after. If you’re really finding it tough to get going, grab yourself some nice new workout gear in the sales. That should give you enough motivation to get to the gym or in your trainers.
Set yourself a goal. I always encourage my clients to sign up for a winter 5k or a 10k race. Once you’ve signed up, create a training programme to get ready for the race day. Knowing that you have a race coming up will ensure that you continue to train though out the winter. It’s much more inspiring than setting a weight loss goal, plus you get a medal at the end!
Stronger together. Encourage a friend to get fit with you, it’s more fun to train together and you can help to keep each other on track. Often when a friend invites me out for a brunch date, I’ll suggest meeting an hour earlier for a yoga or barre class. You’re much less likely to skip your workout once you commit and make plans with your friend.
Do it for you. We all spend a lot of time working, looking after the kids and doing things for other people. It’s important to realise how important it is to take some time for yourself to go out for a run or spend an hour at the gym. Exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety and really boost your mood. Make it a priority and don’t feel guilty about taking some well-deserved time out for yourself.
That’s it, I’m off for a run, thanks Adrienne!
How do you motivate yourself to get fit in the face of the January slump?