With summer around the corner it's time to shake off the dust and move your body. Find our 10 best tips to stay motivated!
1. PERFECT YOUR PLANK
Arguably the safest and most effective way to a strong core is planking it out. Start increasing slowly, 30 or 45 seconds at a time and build it up for the maximum amount of time you can hold it for. Start the day with a plank.
2. USE AN ALARM REMINDER
Set an alarm on your phone or on your computer to remind you to stand up and have a stretch every hour - keeping your body and muscles alert.
3. CHILL EXERCISING
That’s right - chill time and exercise
all at the same time. If you're watching TV, do an easy bodyweight exercise during the ad breaks - squat/press ups/ ab crunches. Measure your progress!
4. MUSCLE GROUPS
Leg & Bum muscles are the largest in the body so using these muscles requires a lot of energy. Working the lower body is great for fat burning as well as building strength.
The body uses its reactive muscles to keep you balanced, so adding simple balance exercises into your day is a really great way to improve fitness levels and use your muscles whilst in the office.
6. KEEP HYDRATED
Your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste & lubricate joints. Hydration is key all round. See our blogpost on the importance of hydration
7. WHY STRETCH?
Stretch it out. Increased muscle control, flexibility and range of motion = better performance & quicker recovery. Only stretch after you have warmed up. Stretching out cold is an easy way to get injured
Muscle recovery is as important as exercising - an effective way of repairing muscle damage is having a hot bath with magnesium flakes
(or even an ice bath if you're brave enough!). This will help to keep you more active as your muscles won't be as fatigued.
9. ARCHIEVABLE GOALS
Set yourself realistic goals. E.g. 30 day challenge or sign up to a race. Measuring your progress will help keep you motivated when you see a change and if you have a target to work towards.
10. KEEP IT FRESH
Variety is the spice of life! If you keep doing the same workout routine your body will plato. Keep mixing it up and shock your body. This is when change happens!
Lastly, if your body is saying you're over doing it, you probably are! So take some down time too.
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