If today you went for a run, put in some time at the gym, or followed a workout in front of the TV/computer screen- hurrah! Give yourself a huuuuuuge pat on the back!! (If you squeezed your glutes a couple of times whilst queuing for lunch you deserve a pat too, because every little helps!)
THIS my friends is statistically the week where people start to lose interest in their New Years weight loss resolutions: They’ve spent the first days of January announcing their weightloss goals to the world, bought new trainers and equipment, downloaded ‘my fitness pal’ ( I use MFP too!) unleashed new diet plans onto family and friends, taken pictures of ‘the last (fatty, carby, sugary) supper’ and after weeks of feeling like a Christmas bauble are finally ready to tackle the flab once and for all! The gyms are packed with people full of motivation and gusto, fridges are devoid of banoffee pie and packed with organic miso soup!
Sadly just a measly FOURTEEN days later, darker, colder days make the spirit willing, but the flesh pathetically weak. Lethargy, apathy and laziness set in. MFP tells you to eat more, its’ simple technology unaware that you ARE eating, but 1. can’t be bothered to scan or upload EVERY thing you eat, and 2. are ashamed about the whole cake you ate in one sitting.
The problem? You went in TOO hard! Going from nothing to promising yourself thrice weekly workouts is a big stretch! Slow it down! Once a week is better than nothing.. so PACE yourself.. work up to doing more in your own time! Change it up, whether its classes, or other sport.. if what you tried initially isn’t enjoyable anymore- there are so many other activities to try… and lastly.. PIMP your playlist..
Yup! Its simple: Mix up your playlists regularly!
Music is scientifically proven to improve your workout. If your playlist becomes too predictable- re jig it!
Different upbeat songs = getting up to better speeds for longer = more calories burned!
You don’t even have to buy new songs.. just go through your library and search for artists or songs you’d forgotten about!
A real Hero- Electric Youth & College
Only if for a night- Florence & The Machine
Some kinda rush – Booty Luv
Beautiful Day- U2
Rhythm is a dancer – snap
Click Fash- Ciara
Hang with me- Robyn
Don’t you worry Child- Swedish House Mafia
We found love- Rihanna
Rush Hour- Jane Wiedlin
On the Floor- Jennifer Lopez
Glad you came- The Wanted
Aboki- Ice Prince
Velvet Elvis- Alex Winston
Pray as u go- Guvna B
Ordinary People- John Legend
At Last- Etta James
One thing remains- Tom Fletcher
Halo – Beyoncé
Angels- The XX
Higher Love- James Vincent Mc Morrow
Summertime Sadness- Lana Del Ray
Ordinary People- John Legend
A thousand years- Christina Perri
The Writer- Ellie Goulding
Time after Time- Cyndi Lauper
Above are some of the tracks from my library I’ve mixed in with others: but I’m curious to know what other songs YOU use to workout?’