Procrastination Busters

Some tips for when you struggle with motivation that helped me…

Change your environment

If you’re in the gym day after day, change it up and get outside! It can make all the differnce. Go to the beach, go for a run outside, go hiking or biking.

Get a gym buddy

Meeting up with a mate locks you down to that session, and makes you less likely to cancel. And, it’ll make your workout fly by if you’re catching up with a friend you haven’t seen in a whgile.

Buy some cute new gym clothes

Call me shallow, but a cute new outfit has given me that extra boost. Use it as a reward to motivate you to achieve a goal.

Buy some new gym gear

Similar to the above, buy yourself some new trainers, a heart rate monitor, resistance bands, a protein powder or bars etc, something to re-invigorate your passion for exercise, and again, you can use it as a reward for achieveing a goal.

Set Goals

Whether it’s a particular muscle group, running for ‘x’ amount of times or km’s, going to workout ‘x’ times a week, or a weightloss goal, it helps to be working toward something.

Change up your playlist

Get a whole new playlist to get you moving, New tunes, and a great tip I love to do is to put a song I love halfway, and at the end of a workout.

Try some classes

This helps you stay motivated and working hard on days when you’re not feeling it. Also, helps change it up, try yoga classes, crossfit, pump at the gym, martial arts, whatever is new and challenging!

Invest in a personal trainer

Yeah, it may be expensive, but if you’re in struggle town and it helps it’s worth it. It’s like an amped up version of the gym buddy too. No cancel, commitment, and someone to push you to that next level.

There are loads of other things you can do, walk or ride to work, join a team sport, download a new app, and follow a program.

Hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped me!

Cute little calories burned chart 🙂

DIY Do It Yourself Gym Racerback tanktop

Image, DIY Do It Yourself Gym Racerback tanktop

Really easy to make – if I can do it, you can too! Recycle your old, excuse me vintage, t-shirt’s, or your man’s! I like guy’s tees for this. All you need is a Tee and some scissors, I also use a texta to mark where I want to cut. And of course a mirror and camera/phone to take selfies after. There are variations of this all over, so have a look around. Oh, and send me your links to your versions!

  1. Cut      away the neck, the sleeves and the bottom of the hem. For the neck, just cut the hem off, as you’ll change the shape after. For the sleeves I fold the tee in half, then cut straight down, curving around the armpit at the end. This is quite important, remember to cut straight then curve as otherwise the shape is wrong. See the pics. For the bottom hem, cut at least 1&1/2 centimetres above the hem, more even. Try on the top, neaten up your cutting, edges, symmetry…
  2. Whilst it’s on, decide how low cut you want it in front. These tanks look great with gym crops, so don’t be afraid to go low! This ain’t office wear after all!
  3. At the back of the shirt, cut the outside of the sleeves to make that racerback style, and cut a deep V at the back. Go deep with it, don’t be scared.
  4. Take the hem of the t-shirt and cut the actual seam part off, so you are left with fabric. Stretch it until it’s curly.
  5. Tie a double knot at 2-3cm above the end of your V back. Wind your curly fabric around and around, and tie off with another double knot.
  6. I like to teak my top after. Lay in half and make sure it’s even, stretch it so edges curl, cut it lower at the front, and while it’s laying in half cut it first straight then diagonally down so the front of your tank ends up shorter a little then the back. A mullet for my Aussie readers.
  7. Bang, you’re good to go! Go rock your tank at the gym – work it!!!

Here’s some I prepared earlier…..

Slim secrets pack, and amping up the workouts! (& Lorna Jane discount codes)

I’m realising that time is going past soooo fast! I need to amp up my workouts, especially this week. As a motivator I’m usuing the upcoming visit of a good friend, on the 8th. I’m going to to two muscle groups a day, with the expection of shoulders and legs. Speaking of legs – ouch! My legs were so sore the day after the 2hr hike I did with a couple of friends for Lorna Jane Active Day! And I did an hour and 20 beach walk the next day, which was yesterday. A whole world of pain, and it’s times like this that I miss having a bath! I’ve got two bathrooms, both with showers only and all I want to do is soak in a tub! Yesterday I also did back and bi’s at the gym. I want to work more on my bi’s and shoulders. I usually also do some squats and other leg stuff between sets as that’s my problem area, but as I was too sore yesterday to even go down stairs, yet along squats!

Today I received a bag of goodies from the good people at Slim Secrets (thanks Sharon!) to review. I’ll try it all over the course of the next week or so, and then post a review of everything, i think. I was so excited, as it’s stuff I don’t see at the supermarkets (c’mon Coles and Wooolies! – stock the full range all over Aus please!!), plus I just love getting parcels – all the more so if I’m lucky enough to be at home when the courier comes. The probably gives you an insight into another, um, shall we say, passion (err problem, no I’ll stick with passion) of mine – shopping! Speaking of which, I received an email from Lorna Jane with a $30 off code – KEEPMOVING. Happy shopping anyone who chooses to use it! I also have a $20 off code SISTERHOOD3 in case the $30 expires.

 

I saw this and laughed! Isn’t it perfect?

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Gym

I saw this somewhere (while I was at work) and thought i’d post it here. I know I wear makeup to the gym a lot more then I should, especially if I’m going straight from work. I usually use a makeup wipe but leave my eye makeup on. Do you do this? The mascara I use is actually the best – never runs or flakes, and comes off easily in the shower with just water. It’s also a extension mascara, ModelCo fibre lash. Check it out – I really recommend it. Great for if you want to wear makeup and go swimming too, as it doesn’t run into your eyes. As far as workout makeup it’s pretty awesome, and the extension aspect is a real bonus. This post has gotten way off track somehow! But, even Lorna Jane gives tips on gym makeup – below.

SHOULD women wear makeup to the gym? What underwear is best for men to work out in? Experts reveal the answers to common etiquette and hygiene questions.

With summer right around the corner Australians are thinking about the best way to get rid of that post winter weight and tone up for the beach. But according to research we’re more likely to reach for the ‘quick-fix solutions’ than put in the hard yards at the gym.
One of the main reasons for this is “gym anxiety”. Many people suffer from a lack of confidence when working out because, let’s face it, gyms can be quite intimidating places.
But knowing the tricks of the fitness trade can help you to not only feel better about yourself but also increase your performance, health and happiness, too.

Fitness Dos

  • “I exercise with an anti-perspirant on as I hope most blokes do,” says body+soul’s fitness expert Damien Kelly. “Deodorant is a waste of time unless you can stop the sweat, but sweating is a good thing for cooling the body down. It’s just not generally appreciated from the armpits.”
  • Shaving can dry the skin as can exercise, so make sure you rehydrate your body and skin post shave and post exercise. Plenty of water and a moisturiser will do the trick.
  • There is a variety of under garment products available that sit close and tight to the skin which will help prevent chafing. As these garments don’t rub against the skin they won’t cause damage and irritation. They can be worn under shorts and T-shirts, or if you’re particularly body confident, by themselves!
  • “Underwear is a personal preference,” says Kelly. “I’d generally not recommend loose boxer shorts if you’re running and jumping around, but some guys like a sense of freedom. The tighter sports specific underwear can come in briefs or short versions and both are effective. If you’re particularly sweaty or exercising near water there are also quick dry undies on the market. From personal experience, you get what you pay for with underwear so having a couple of good pairs for exercise is advisable to give ongoing support and comfort.”
  • Sweaty gym gear is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria so shower after your workout. Alternatively, wash your hands or wipe them down with hand gel that you keep in your bag or car.
  • “Choose supportive and figure-flattering fabrics to hold any wobbly bits in,” says Lorna Jane Clarkson, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Australia’s leading activewear label, Lorna Jane. “A good sports bra and well-made leggings will make the world of difference to how you look and feel when working out. Plus bright colours will help you to ooze confidence and brighten your mood.”
  • Cover up any open wounds or scrapes with antibiotic ointment and a bandage to avoid transferring bacteria.
  • Invest in a great sports watch so you can track your progress and always keep an eye on your vitals. A fun exercise app and a motivational playlist on your iPod will also help kick you along.

Fitness Don’ts

  • “Damage to toenails can be caused by ill-fitting shoes,” says Kelly who owns two fitness studios in Sydney. “If your feet are being forced forward into the end of the shoes, you may have issues with nails and the skin on your toes. Many people also don’t tie their shoelaces tightly enough and therefore, even though the shoes are the right fit, they are not stopping foot movement inside the shoe properly.”
  • You don’t want to forget to bring your own towels or mat to classes at the gym otherwise you run the risk of picking up bacteria from other people and vice versa.
  • Pores on your skin can be easily clogged by sweat leading to pimples and ingrown hairs. “When it comes to exercising in make-up, less is best,” says Clarkson. “If you feel you need some coverage, apply light mineral foundation as, a swipe of mascara and a moisturising lip balm.”
  • “Our bodies like to expel heat through our scalps so having a bucket of product in your hair is probably not advisable but a little to keep the ‘do’ in place wouldn’t hurt,” advises Kelly. “The gym can be a great place to meet people so you want to look sharp!”
  • Don’t wear jewellery as you could lose them or injure yourself.
  • If your workout moves outdoors don’t skimp on the SPF30 sunscreen and make sure you wear a cap.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health-fitness/gym-etiquette-14-fitness-dos-and-donts/story-fneuzle5-1226478373375#ixzz27NO4Py5c

Gym Ettiquette – do’s and don’ts…