Neat Ambassador Korin Nolan shares her best tips for getting motivated as a new mum...
If exercise is part of your regular routine, then chances are you won’t need much motivation, because working out has become a habit. You know the benefits, you know how you’ll feel if you miss your workout and well, you’re pretty much addicted so your body needs it!
However, we don’t all feel like this, especially when we are new to fitness or have been out of the workout loop for a while; if you've just had a baby for example. So, I totally understand that it does take some of us a hell-of-a-lot of motivation to get our sweat on. With that in mind, here are my top tips to discover your inner ‘fitness geek’ and get yourself raring to go for that next workout!
Workout in the morning before your brain figures out what your body is doing.
It's a good old saying, and for the most part it works!
Put your workout gear on without thinking.
Once you have committed to that part then you’re almost half way there.
Allowing yourself a treat after you’ve done your workout is a great way to get motivated: get your nails done, watch your favourite movie, have a candle lit bubble bath, treat yourself to a healthy brunch/lunch/dinner out. Whatever floats your boat?
Give yourself a talking to!
Ask yourself “will I regret skipping this workout?” Chances are the answer will be yes.
Get your groove on to a great playlist!
Prepare a fab playlist the night before and blast it out not only during your workout but also before – it’ll get you in the mood to move!
Whether it might be checking out your favourite fitness gurus on Instagram, watching a music video with amazing women like Shakira and Beyonce who have great bodies, reading a fitness magazine; do something before your workout to get you in the right frame of mind.
Keep your workouts short.
If you know that in half an hour’s time it will all be over, then that’s a lot more manageable to process in your head than thinking you’ve got a long gruelling hour or more ahead of you.
Boost your energy!
Drink a protein shake before your workout to give you extra energy and fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to workout well. You may want to stick to just a scoop of your favourite powder mixed with water, rather than a thick shake if you’re going to be jumping up and down though!
Get a fitness watch.
Clocking the number of steps you do every day will help keep on track and is a fun way to motivate yourself to reach your daily goals.
And finally, remember why you are doing this!
Write your goals down and always keep them at the forefront of your mind. Read them whenever you need some motivation to remind you why you’re doing this in the first place.
Korin Nolan is the founder of Power Pilates UK (Dynamic Reformer Pilates Studio based in South East London) and started her Pilates training at The London a college of Dance, before qualifying with Body Control Pilates over twelve years ago. Korin has had a varied career also working in TV as a presenter on Five’s The Wright Stuff for four years. She went on to co write her cookery book 'How to Cook in High Heels' (released in 2010 with Absolute Press) which demonstrated her love for healthy food, as well as a few naughty treats! Following the birth of her second baby Olivia Grace earlier this year, Korin developed her unique online fitness plan The Baby Body Bootcamp, for busy mums on the go and is suitable for postpartum mums.