I play hockey up to three times a week, and I want to get fitter so I can get better. As it is no fun to run around for ten minutes before needing a breather. My fitness motivation is definitely sport orientated, I am quite happy with how my body looks, which is a first, and now just want to make myself as a whole fitter.
I am proud to say that I do own a Fitbit, I did give in to the wearable technology trend and so far it is helping get fit. But I wouldn’t say they are for everyone, the reasoning of this is because I find mind particularly useful as I am competitive. This means that getting 10,000 steps is a goal and then the friends on the leader board also act as competitors. If you’re less driven by competition a Fitbit might not make you want to get up and move as much as I do, but at the same time it does help you track movement – so it’s definitely a personal thing.
The first way I’m starting to get my fitness up is by setting myself a schedule. It’s not imperative that I stick to it but it seems like a way to at least organise myself if I am feeling particularly energetic that day.
Monday – Hockey and Fitness
Tuesday – Abs and Squats
Wednesday – Hockey or Gym
Thursday – Hockey and Fitness
Friday – DAY OFF
Saturday – Hockey or Gym
Sunday – Abs and Squats
I am well aware that this seems like a lot for one week, but I am already doing hockey up to three times so it shouldn’t be too bad. I also have the added bonus of a gym right at the bottom of my complex so I don’t really have an opportunity not to go to the gym, do I? Also, my gym visits will never last over an hour because I just get bored – it’s why I play competitive sport because it doesn’t feel like you’re doing exercise to me.
I am also the queen of excuses when it comes to exercise other than hockey; for example I’ll get up at 8am on a Saturday to play hockey, but I wouldn’t do the same for the gym. I have been known to duck out of exercise because of it’s effects on my skin. Wearing a gum shield has massively dried out my lips more and my feet are not looking particularly lovely. Luckily Flexitol Moisturising Foot Cream* and Hard Skin&Callus Balm* are stopping me use that excuse. (Even more so as the balm is said to work in seven days!) Their body care range helps with hard, dry and rough skin which I have from time to time because I’m often on my feet for both hockey and work. Also, if my feet are in tip top condition I can exercise for longer.
Another excuse I have used is that I look ugly in the gym, I am well aware that no one else is looking but when there are mirrors all around you do catch a glimpse of yourself. That is why I believe cute gym gear is a must and it’s also a great motivator. My final excuse is usually along the lines of me just being lazy, because I admit that I am rather lazy. While I don’t get the amazing rush some people do after exercising, I do start to see my body change for the better and that keeps me wanting to go. Part of me wants to set a goal of ‘abs by summer’ but that’s a lot of pressure to place upon myself as inevitably I will feel bad if I don’t exercise. So instead I am just sticking to the idea that as long as I keep seeing my body change for the better that will stop my excuses.
You will definitely know if my fitness improves because there will be updates on the blog and also Instagram too. Let me know if you’re planning an exercise over hall.