In need of some motivation? / by Laura Scanlon

We all have times where it takes seeing something motivational to give us that lift we need. Below are my top tips for getting motivated this week.

My top fitness tips:

  • Bodyweight training - Bodyweight training helps increase lean muscle mass in individuals, especially when combined with aerobic activity. It was a big fitness trend in 2017  and although it has always been there right in front of us it is a simple but very effective way to workout and guess what? Its doesnt cost you anything. You literally need your body and some space. So tell me this, where is the excuse now? Visit my instagram @laura_bodyzone for home bodyweight workouts. 

 

  • Slow & Steady - this is the pace you should go at. If you were all buzzed up in January and trained a bit too much, chances are you are feeling tired this month. That is why your goals should be at a steady pace and dont feel you have to try every fitness class out in the first month of the year. The risk you run is burning yourself out and getting sick. So please take it at a good slow & steady pace. 

 

  • Fitness tracking watches - I find my Fit Bit very motivating and they help keep track of your sleep pattern, calories, steps, heart rate, millage. Pretty cool.

 

  • Running - Sign up to my latest FREE ebook and receive my favourite short and sweet fat burning workouts. Running is the most accessible type of exercise, if you own a pair of running shoes, then you have no execuse ;)

 

  • Personal training - is a great way to really learn from a fitness professional who is educated in the areas you may struggle with. Working with a personal trainer can also help change your attitude about training and your outlook on being physically active.

 

  • Recovery - rest and recovery is essential in order for your body to adapt and muscles to grow. Self-myofascial release is a term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. This can be performed with a foam roller, lacrosse ball. By foam rolling specific muscles on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to perform at a moment’s notice. This is also know as active recovery, so on your "day off" dont sit around feeling stiff and sore, get up and get foam rolling. 

 

  • Cut out the alcohol - I always try my best to practice what I preach because alcohol can really be detrimental to seeing results and also to performance. There is also a high sugar content in most alcoholic beverages and that doesnt help play a good role to your mid line. If you are going to have a drink, keep it clear like a vodka, soda fresh lime. While you are at it, really cut back on sugary drinks and sugar in general. (note to my inner sweet tooth)

Feel free to mail with any question laura@bodyzone.ie.

Laura xx