Summer vacations are almost over, which means that it’s time to get out of hibernation mode and back to your normal routine.
Cooler temperatures often come with a lack of motivation when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. But whether you’re about to get busy with school, work, kids or social life, these useful fitness hacks will help you get back on track.
No Gym No Problem
Don’t have the motivation to hit the gym after a hectic day at work? Who says you need fancy equipment to burn calories and get fit; there are a number of online resources that can give you inspiration for a quick sweat session right in your living room.
Check out YouTube channels like Kayla Itsines, Tone It Up and Blogilates for bodyweight exercises that you can perform at home with minimal equipment.
Sometimes, spontaneous workouts are the best workouts. Even if you can’t squeeze in a gym session of a busy work day, keep your workout gear, water bottle, deodorant, headphones and towel in your car at all times in case a meeting or an appointment gets cancelled and you have more time to focus on your fitness goals.
Hit the gym whenever you can find the opportunity, and even if your office is far away from the gym, simply throw on your workout clothes and head out for a jog in a park nearby.
Find a Motivating Fitness App
There are a number of great apps on the market that will support your fitness goals and give you the motivation you need to exercise regularly. Jog.fm is a great app that plays music to match the tempo of your workout, if you want a more intense session, simply crank up the speed on the app and your body will follow the rhythm of the music.
Don’t Get Distracted
If you’re short on time in the gym, don’t get sidetracked by the notifications on your phone, emails, calls or simply scrolling on Instagram.
Put your phone on airplane mode so that you don’t get distracted by the world of social media. If you wish to use an online music streaming app during your workout, keep your wifi on and simply turn on the ‘do not disturb’ button from your settings to mute all other notifications.
Work While You Walk
A 9-to-5 desk job is extremely bad for your health and posture, which is why try to catch a break from sitting whenever you can, by walking around the building, taking your coworkers or clients for walking meeting or simply stroll around your office while you’re taking phone calls to improve your multitasking skills.
Foam-roll Before Sleeping
Foam roller is the best investment you’ll make for your health and fitness goal – especially if sitting at a desk for eight hours leaves your back feeling soar at the end of the day. Perform deep stretched to relieve any tightness in your muscles and prime your body with the foam roller before bed so that you wake up the next morning feeling fresh and ready for an early workout.
Flavor Your Water
Hydration is the key to achieving any health and fitness goal, but unfortunately most people don’t fulfill their daily H2O requirement – and who can blame them, plain water can be quite boring. A great way to jazz up your hydration game is by adding fruits and berries to your water bottle for a refreshing taste.
Give Yourself a Reward After Working Out
A great way to find the motivation to exercise regularly is by rewarding yourself with a treat or small amount of money after every workout. You could even make a coin jar to collect the dollar bills every day and treat yourself to a coveted fitness item like a Fitbit or new workout clothes by the end of six months.
Train for a Fitness Competition
Want to achieve your fitness goals faster? Sign up for fun competition such a charity marathon and train hard for it. Adding a competitive element to your routine will help you stick to your goals and get a sense of satisfaction after achieving it.