Some people love to workout. Their motivation maybe driven by wanting that bikini bod. While others are motivated by the idea but unwilling to do the work.
They may go for a morning run, hit the gym, and religiously stick to a fitness routine. They love doing it, the kick and drive they get out of it is their adrenaline rush. It makes them feel much better physically and mentally.
Others just don’t. Many of us struggle to find the time to workout and hate going to the gym. We feel self-conscious, and we just don’t enjoy ourselves. Does that sound like you?
You’re Not Alone
I’m not going to pretend that I am part of that band but I was at one point. I had lost all motivation to get my butt to the gym because I had no child care, I was on meds that made stubborn fat stick around and I travelled to see family where (bad) food was abundant…yep! Recipe for disaster. I stopped enjoying working out all together.
Get That Bikini Bod
You may remember that since January I’ve been posting the various phases of a bikini body workout and exercise plan. If you don’t, here they are:
Phase 3 of the Bikini Body Plan
We’ve made it to the last phase. At this point, you may feel like you just want to give up. Don’t, because you’re so close. So on top of talking strategies you need to reach your goal, we’re gonna talk about how you can continue motivating yourself to get there.
When you don’t enjoy something, you tend not to stick to it. If you love running, you’ll carve out time in your day to go, however busy you are. Even if it’s just a quick run around the block to clear your head after work or get your blood pumping, you’ll make the time.
If you don’t, you’ll put it off and make every excuse in the world not to go. You can find yourself severely lacking in motivation.
Exercise is important to a healthy lifestyle, so it’s essential that you find sports or activities you love:
- For your HIIT sessions, if you love dancing, you can adjust it to make it fit a HIIT format.
- For your LISS sessions, if you love biking, you can go for long bike rides that are consistent in pace.
Stick With a Personal Trainer or Coach
A personal trainer or coach, like those from Your House Fitness, will motivate you, find exercises that you enjoy and suit your needs, push you to do more to achieve your goals. I’ve told you my experience with doing it alone and it was TOUGH! I have A LOT of will power and still I couldn’t sometimes maintain it.
Had I had a coach, I would have been able to push through the hard times better, course correct and get support. They’ll give you tips on keeping active and eating well as well as working out.
Getting your exercise first thing in the morning gets it out of the way and means that you don’t have time to make an excuse. Working out early in the morning boosts your circulation and confidence. You’ll feel more alert, full of energy and happier for the rest of the day.
Find Cardio Exercises Outside The Box
As we’ve already said, you are more likely to do something and to do it well if you love it. But, sometimes finding an exercise that you love is hard. You might just need to think outside the box a little bit as I had stated above:
- Try online videos if you hate the treadmill and prefer working out at home.
- Have a go at things like Yoga and Pilates to stretch your muscles from the day to day.
- Try team sports like football or netball if you want a more social workout.
- Ask your friends for ideas and check out classes and groups at your local gym, health centre or community centre.
The Gist of it
We’ve reached the third and last phase of the bikini body workout. To achieve your goals, make sure to find cardio exercises you enjoy so you can push through those last few miles. Focus on moving more, to get your LISS workout done without having to feel like it’s a workout. For your HIIT workout, you can take the kids for a run around the park instead, or do a Jillian Michaels class that gets the heart rate up.
Are you ready to give the third phase a go??
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