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?
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?
Summer Running Playlist 2016
School’s out, work’s over till September (well for me anyway), my holiday is a few weeks away and it’s the middle of a fine British Summer! Ok not always fine, more we than fine but that doesn’t bother me. Ramping up my fitness pre-holiday so time for a new running music playlist when I’m out pounding the pavements or running through the park.
Summer Running Playlist 2016 tracks
Bury It (ft. Hayley Williams) by Chvrches
Bullit (Radio Edit) by Watermat
Sticks ‘n’ Stones by Jamie T
Sugar (ft. Francesco Yates) by Robin Schulz
Salute (Anakyn Remix) by Little Mix
Tears (ft. Louisa Johnson) – Clean Bandit
Who Do You Think Of? – M.O
Perfect Strangers (ft. JP Cooper) by Jonas Blue
Wild Horses (Matrix & Futurebound Remix) by Birdy
Dancing On My Own (Tiesto Remix) by Calum Scott
Wish You Were Mine by Philip George
Heroes (We Could Be) (ft. Tove Lo) by Alesso
Cool For The Summer by Demi Lovato
Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis
The Nights by Avicii
All the music on my Running Music Playlists are available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon.