Before I came travelling, I had a pretty good routine when it comes to exercise. I was at the gym for about an hour every week day, just after breakfast, and I was doing really well.
Life is quite unpredictable when travelling, so it makes exercise quite difficult. For someone who was a fairly habitual gym-dweller, not having access to a gym meant that I pretty much just stopped doing intentional exercise.
On most days, I was walking a ton but, now that we’re kind of settled in one place, that’s stopped too.
I know that exercising has a positive effect on my mental and physical health. I shouldn’t have been surprised that I noticed changes in those areas when I stopped exercising.
So, for people wondering if it really makes that much difference if you skip the workout for a few weeks, here’s what happens to you when you stop exercising.
I’ve become very into making lists of gift ideas. I keep one all year round and add to it whenever my friends and family mention something they want. You might have seen my last gift guide which had a load of ideas for the awesome feminist-y types on your to-buy-for list.
I am so excited about this gift guide, and I seriously had to rein myself in because I could’ve gone on forever.
Myself and Pete from Buddy Up Fitness have come up with 28 ideas (plus a few bonus ideas at the end) of what you can buy for the fitness enthusiast in your life.
(Btw….totally fine if that person is you!)
Today’s post is brought to you mostly by Pete from buddy up fitness. I asked him some questions, he did most of the work! Pete is a fitness blogger I follow on Twitter and he knows what he’s talking about. He lives up to his ethos and is always the first to comment on my tweets about going to the gym, offering a bit of encouragement here and there.
We were talking about collaborating on something, and we mentioned that people don’t seem to be as motivated toward fitness at this time of year. Which is totally fine, if that’s your plan and you’re cool with it. However, I know some of you are like me and really want to keep up the momentum you had when you were doing great at the gym this summer. And maybe you’re a bit frustrated with yourself because, for whatever reason, you can’t seem to find the energy or the motivation to keep it going.
My current situation is that I’m going to the gym in a hat, mittens, big puffy jacket, and being extremely grateful for seat warmers. Even though I am making the effort and getting there most days, there are days when I don’t want to get out of my snuggly position in front of a radiator.
So, I thought I’d ask him a few questions on the topic of fitness motivation, in the hope that he can help you guys out.