New month, new monthly goals for me (sorry bit late posting this). Spring is finally here! It’s lighter in the mornings, days are getting longer and it’s not so hard dragging myself out of bed to go for a run first thing. Spring makes me want to get out more. get more active, get more stuff done!
So far I’ve not done too badly at achieving my monthly goals. Some harder than others but I’ve enjoyed the challenge and the feeling of having achieved something at the end of each month.
- March Fitness Challenge – 30 Day HIIT Challenge
- Be disciplined about making sure I prioritise some time for myself
- Tidy up the garden
- Snack healthily – try these Eat Clean Snacks
- Create a new 15 minute workout
- Get outdoors with my children more
- Put together a Spring Running Playlist
- Go watch Beauty and the Beast (even if it’s on my own)
- Fall back in love with Instagram
- Get ahead with my blog posts and spend a day writing content
Like many people, I guess what I find hardest is finding time for myself and when I do making the most of that time; so that is why I have put this on my list for March.
What goals have you set your self this month?
Why not try this I Love the 80s Workout Music Playlist
My workout music playlist needs a bit of an update but this time I’ve had a bit of a throw back to my youth; the 1980s! So it’s all school disco’s, questionable fashion sense, all things neon, Athena posters, Sony Walkman, Miami Vice, MTV, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and new romantics (well for me anyway).
All my workout music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon and Spotify.
I Love the 80s Workout Music Playlist
Van Halen – Jump
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The wolf
Salt ‘n’ Pepa – Push It
Cameo – Word Up
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round
Prince and The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy
Paula Abdul – Straight Up
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Erasure – Sometimes
The Human League – Love Action
Depeche mode -Personal Jesus
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Stephen Tin Tin Duffy – Kiss Me
Tears for Fears – Shout
Do you have a throwback decade when it comes to you workout music?
Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit!
For more fitness and weightloss motivation, visit my motivational quotes page.
Why try a 30 day fitness challenge?
Have you ever tried doing a fitness challenge for 30 days? This year I decided to make a new list of goals to achieve each month; one of these was to set a monthly fitness challenge. I’ve become a little obsessed with monthly challenges recently, why?
- 30 days is not a great deal of time to invest in a project if it doesn’t work out
- Doing something for 30 days can help to cement a good habit
- A new challenge each month can keep up your motivation and results can be seen in a short space of time
- It can help you develop a more open mind set to embrace change
- You can get a lot done it 30 days; think of doing one each month then that’s a lot of goals you’ve achieved!
So apply this to fitness and you’ve got a great fitness plan for the whole year!
Stuck for inspiration? Then check out my 5 favourite fitness challenges that I have taken from Pinterest.
30 Day Abs and Squats Challenge – this is actually my fitness challenge for February
30 Day Core Strength Challenge
30 Day Sleek Arms Challenge
30 Day Full Killer Body Workout
30 Day Burpee Challenge
Finally you needn’t just have to limit it to a monthly fitness challenge; it can be absolutely anything!
Do it for yourself!
For fitness and weightloss motivation visit my motivational quotes page
Beginners Full Body Workout
I like to think I know my way around a gym, particularly when it comes to the free weights. It has taken time though and as we are into a new year a lot of people have made the decision to get fit tone up and lose weight. Joining a gym is normally the first step to achieving these goals for most people. However, it can all seem a little bit daunting especially when you are a few weeks in and memories of your Gym Induction are now rather fuzzy! That’s when the motivation starts to wane and the gym visits can be in danger of becoming a thing of the past.
So I had a dig through my old workouts and happened upon my very first gym programme that got me properly back into exercise. At the time I did book some sessions with a Personal Trainer. Not only did he help me with my technique but helped me gain the confidence to use the Gym Equipment and what to use in order to reach my own fitness goals. OK Personal Trainers don’t come cheap but what I learnt was worth every penny! So this is my very first programme, a full body workout that is not too complicated but still gives you a decent workout. I occasionally use it now just add weights to some of the exercises and maybe add an extra set; it does the job!
So if you need some inspiration here’s my very first beginner’s full body workout:
I’ve added links if you are unsure of some of the exercises.
I am not a personal trainer or medical professional.
All the views expressed are my own. I am an experienced runner and train regularly at the Gym. All of my workouts have been designed to suit my own fitness capabilities and goals but I am happy to share for those looking for inspiration, workout ideas or motivation.
Before embarking on any form of fitness programme or if you have any medical conditions or injuries please seek professional medical advice.
My February Goals
Ok we’ve got through January, it’s noticeably lighter and spring is on it’s way! January surprisingly didn’t drag as much for me as normal. Ok so I still had no money, other friends were feeling the pinch so no socialising to get rid of the January blues. Setting my own January Goals helped me to focus on things and be more pro-active about getting things done instead of mopping around the house. I consciously made a plan and effort to achieve each of the goals that I set, 10 in total. Some were easy, some were harder and took a while to complete. It’s given me the motivation to carry on setting monthly goals and see what I’ve managed to achieved at the end of the year.
So here are my new monthly goals:
- New Fitness Challenge for the month – Abs and Squats Challenge
- Repost one of my very first workouts (ideal for a beginner), I’ve got loads so why not share?
- Freezer Meal Prep Session – check out these ideas that you can through into your Slow Cooker from livingrichwithcoupons.com and more ideas from smartschoolhouse.com
- Put together a meal plan for my children’s suppers and use it! I’m using a printable meal planner from shesaved.com found on Pinterest.
- Re-think my fitness goals and put a new plan of action in place
- Organise a cinema trip with my daughter and a couple of her mates to see ‘Sing!’
- De-clutter the Living Room (phase 2 of my whole house de-clutter)
- Go Sugar free for February, read this infographic if it all looks a little daunting!
- Revamp some of the images on my Busyfitmama blog
- Create a Photo Gallery for my Kitchen
Looking back to the goals I set for January (read my blog post My January Goals) I’ve noticed that they generally focus on fitness, health, blogging, family and my messy house! I suppose it’s what I’m all about but here’s to hoping the messy house will be a goal I achieve sooner rather than later!
Do you set goals each month? What are your February Goals?
Excuses don’t burn calories
For more fitness motivation visit my motivational quotes page
The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen
For more fitness motivation visit my motivational quotes page
5 Cross Trainer Workouts to Try
Normally I’m not big on cardio at the gym, generally doing a HIIT or a 5km is enough for me. However recently when the weather hasn’t been great or it’s been mega busy around the free weights area of the gym I have started to do the odd cardio workout and have enjoyed doing them as they are different to my normal free weight sessions. Normally I do something HIIT Style on the treadmill but I’ve also started to use the Cross Trainer (or Elliptical as it’s also known as) a little more. I find that having a specifc workout gives me something to focus on and helps me up my effort levels when it comes to the sprint or higher intensity elements. So if you are stuck for inspiration here are 5 Cross Trainer Workouts that I have found on Pinterest that you can try next time you are at the Gym.
The 20 Minute Elliptical Interval Workout found on Greatist.com (article by Alison Feller)
Elliptical Brazilian Butt Workout from superskinnyme.com (found on Pinterest)
Elliptical Ladder Workout from afitjunkie.com (found on Pinterest)
Elliptical HIIT Workout from herhappybalance.com
Super Sweaty Elliptical Workout from getinmyhealthyon.com
I hope that has given you some inspiration when looking for a workout to try on the Cross Trainer. I will put together my own but in the meantime if you are looking for a HIIT style treadmill workout take a look at my Quick HIIT 20 Minute Treadmill Workout.
In my own experience it’s good to mix up your fitness routine such as trying different types of cardio, fitness classes or types of exercises. It helps to keep you motivated to continue on your fitness journey and ultimately achieve your fitness goals.
Do you have a favourite cardio workout?