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Tips for motivating yourself to work out – The Results!

Feeling fresh today, perhaps it’s because I’ve been drinking far too much caffeine during my free time or could it be to do with the fact I’m back on track with the workouts thanks to motivational tips in the last blog?

If you want to catch up on the progress made from the last blog of motivational tips, keep reading. If you want to skip to the more important stuff click here…

Naturally as any person lacking motivation to workout would, I began with the best workout tip EVER:

Take Breaks – Monday morning I rewarded myself with a break for the fact that I spent so much time researching the top tips for working out.  *Round of applause* for achieving my first motivational step for working out?

On the Tuesday I accidentally tagged teamed two of the motivational tips by relieving stress and making it fun. Aha, I’m sure you’re probably not wondering how these two fit together but I’m going to tell you anyway – I coached gymnastics all day. 8.00am until 8.30pm! Trying to get 30 reception aged children to perform teddy bear rolls on a total of just 8 mats available is very stressful but also highly amusing so two birds one stone, feeling good :).

Wednesday came around and feeling pretty darn exhausted from the Tuesday I had big plans to stay in bed and play Borderlands on the Xbox all day long. Although I followed through with this plan I still took one hour out to do my Insanity workout which means I substituted unproductive activities with healthy ones.

Before I knew it, Thursday was upon us and as a reward for being so good all week I allowed myself another break

Oo baby it’s Friday – following a horrendous trip into town in the morning, I’m sure that driving in rush hour is one of THE MOST stressful things in the world, my workout was a great way to relieve the stress I was feeling. Yelling at Shaun T the guy from the Insanity videos really helped relieve stress. 

On Saturday Lydia and I took a run together and it was great because we’d both had time off from working out so following through with the whole run was a lot easier to have each other to motivate ourselves. Running with a friend is definitely my favourite motivational tip for working out.

I’ve not yet tried to hypnotise myself partly because I’ve not been on my own to really concentrate and get in the zone and partly because I’m scared I’m going to turn myself into a chicken for the rest of my life… Also I’ve not tried sleeping in my workout clothes so these are both on the agenda for future motivational activities!

The Important Stuff

The Wolf Run is in just over four weeks! Arghhhhh!

Have a look at what we will be facing in order to raise much needed funds for Edgar’s Gift.

So we’re really nervous but excited at the same time. This will be the second of our 10 Challenges. If you would like to sponsor us for these events please visit our Virgin Money page.

If these 10 challenges aren’t enough to make you want to sponsor us, do let us know what else we can do to make it more interesting. Any ideas for a mini challenge? Want to see us take on The Wolf Run in a tutu? We want to know what will get us more sponsorship so share you ideas below with a comment or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter @EdgarsLESJ.


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Man Flu and Self Pity

Ok, ok, we have a confession to make. We’ve not been working out very much at all recently and we feel that we owe everyone an explanation.

There has been some severe cases of man flu in our household and we’ve been slacking. Wallowing in self-pity and gorging on inappropriate foods such as chocolate pancakes at 10.30pm on Sunday evenings and yes, there have been trips to the Golden Arches for the most delightful bundles of joy ever to come out of McDonalds – Mozzarella Dippers.


So, to get ourselves back on track I’ve been researching top tips to motivate yourself for exercise and I’m going to try a new one every day for a week and see what works.

Below are some tips I will be trying, if anyone has any ideas please do comment on this blog with suggestions.

1. Wear your workout clothes to bed.
The idea behind this one is so when you get up in the morning you don’t have to worry about getting dressed, just roll out of bed and straight into your workout. Can imagine this will be slightly uncomfortable.

2. Relieve stress.
So if I’m reading this right I’m going to need to find something that really stresses me out and then go exercise to forget about it and feel better. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

3. Hypnotise yourself.
I’m particularly looking forward to this one. I watched Big Kids when I was younger so I’m pretty sure I’ve got this down.

4. Substitute unproductive activities with healthy ones.
I’m not sure how I’ll be able to play Tippy Tap on my iPhone while exercising but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

5. Run with a friend.
Any takers?

6. Make it fun.
I’m thinking obstacle courses. This one could be interesting.

7. Take breaks.
Love this one.

We’ll update our progress on Facebook, Twitter @edgarsLESJ/@sarahjelly1 and of course follow it up with a blog here next week too.

Let’s not forget why we’re getting into shape as well. In 2014, Lydia and I will be taking on 10 physically and mentally challenging events to raise money for charity Edgar’s Gift. We’ve already completed our first challenge and our next one will be The Wolf Run on 15th June. If you would like to sponsor us please visit our donation page.

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