Exercise can be scary – the thought of endless sets or the right techniques can be dizzying. Or trying to navigate the incredibly intimidating gym machines for the first time, feels like they should come with a manual. Now add the layer of a global health crisis and often exercise sometimes just doesnt make it onto the list. But getting active doesnt actually have to take the form of hardcore exercise – in fact, it can be quite fun!
From dancing your heart out to making sure you have the right playlist to keep you motivated and feeling good – it’s time to start your week off with a bang and here’s how to do it!
Monday is a good starting point
Because the Monday blues are a real thing, start your week off with a bang and set the tone for the days to come. The most significant part about it is you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home. Yup, that’s right, home workouts can help to take the pressure off and leave you free to do it your way, with confidence. Find your Monday motivation in any way that feels good, be it skipping, dancing or stretching your body.
Take a realistic snapshot of your capacity
Exercise takes many forms, so it’s essential to know where to start to maintain a manageable pace for longevity. If you are just starting your fitness routine, don’t try to do too much at once. Opt for exercises for beginners if you want to be able to stick to it in the long term. It doesn’t take hours of your day every day either – if you really want to stick to your commitment, start slow and build it up over time.
It starts in the mind
Physical strength is not the only part of health that will need attention. Your attitude towards new obstacles is just as important. Working out shouldn’t be viewed as a chore, instead, tailor your workouts to suit your capabilities and preferences, and you can build a great frame of mind around it – enjoy it even?
Take the fun approach
Getting active doesn’t have to be all pushups, burpees and star jumps. There are loads of ways to exercise that don’t feel like a chore. Dancing is a great way to get your heart rate up, and no matter what it looks like, it can be really fun. Skipping is another great way to get moving that will no doubt take you back to your childhood. Exercises to do at home can take any form, so get creative and try everything from hopscotch, even m’gusha – until you find something that works for you.
Make a high-energy playlist
Nothing gets you going from morning until the late night like a killer playlist. So, waste no time and get an epic workout playlist together to help you get into the zone. No time for love ballads and chilled beats – you need high octane, fast-paced, energy-boosting beats that will make you sweat and enjoy it!
Reward yourself with great personal care
Personal care starts on the inside and transitions to the outside. From breathing techniques to a good quality deodorant, focus on more than just the physical activity. You want to feel good while you work out because it helps you to stay motivated and power-through each exercise. Opt for a deodorant that keeps you dry, choose clothes that are comfortable to work out in and take the time out of your day to wind down through breathing. Taking care of your body goes far beyond the simple act of getting active.
With these tips, you can stay motivated, stay active, stay dry!
If you find your rhythm, your Monday motivation, why not share it with @shieldza. Use the hashtags #beautyathomewithu #mondaymotivation #movemoreathome and watch this space for inspiration from the likes of Kamo Mphela, Amanda du Pont, Rushda Moosajee and Sarah Langa.