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Why try a 30 day fitness challenge?

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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!

Try a new fitness challenge each month, smaller goals are easier to achieve and you will see results quicker! Click To Tweet

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!

 

 

 

 

 

My February Goals

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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.

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So here are my new monthly goals:

  1. New Fitness Challenge for the month – Abs and Squats Challenge
  2. Repost one of my very first workouts (ideal for a beginner), I’ve got loads so why not share?
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Re-think my fitness goals and put a new plan of action in place
  6. Organise a cinema trip with my daughter and a couple of her mates to see ‘Sing!’
  7. De-clutter the Living Room (phase 2 of my whole house de-clutter)
  8. Go Sugar free for February, read this infographic if it all looks a little daunting!
  9. Revamp some of the images on my Busyfitmama blog
  10. 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?

Hello 2017! Workout Music Playlist

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Hello 2017!  Workout Music Playlist

Happy New Year!  It’s 2017 and a fresh start for me fitness wise after the usual over indulgence of Christmas.  Do I feel at all guilty?  Nope!  Well just a little but isn’t that what Christmas is all about.  So now it’s time to get back to the Gym and getting rid of those few extra pounds I’ve managed to pile on. So I’ve put together a new workout music playlist to help me get back into the swing of things.  I’ve also put together a New Year Running Music Playlist, which is slightly more upbeat but just as good for the Gym.

New workout music playlist to motivate and inspire you to get your trainers on and get to the #Gym! Click To Tweet

All my workout music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon

.Music Playlist

 

Hello 2017! Workout Music Playlist

The Mack (ft. Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap) – Nevada

Turn Down For What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon

So Good – Louisa Johnson

Hall of Fame (ft. will.i.am) – The Script

Starving (ft. Zedd) – Hailee Steinfeld & Grey

Earthquake (ft. Tinie Tempah) – Labrinth

Touch – Little Mix

All Night – The Vamps & Matoma

That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony

Shed A Light (ft. Cheat Codes) – Robin Schulz & David Guetta

Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz

No Sleep – Twin Atlantic

Hotline Bling – Drake

Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld

Fancy (ft. Chari XCX) – Iggy Azalea

 

What workout music gets you motivated to exercise?

 

 

 

 

 

Hello 2017! Running Music Playlist

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Hello 2017!  Running Music Playlist

 

Happy New Year!  Time to get back to running after two weeks of a diet of chocolate, prosecco and Christmas TV Catch Up marathons.  I went into Christmas full of good intentions but by Christmas morning that had all evaporated and been replaced by a tin of Quality Street.  So a brand, spanking new year and a fresh start.  A cliché I know but I enjoyed Christmas, spending time with family and catching up with friends so I don’t feel guilty.  Now the challenge is to step away from the remains of the selection box and get out there running again.

New #running music playlist to motivate and inspire those to get their trainers on and get out there! Click To Tweet

So new running music is what is called for, so check out my New Year Running Playlist if you are in need of inspiration and motivation!

All my running music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon.

 

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Hello 2017! Running Music Playlist Tracks

Dancing On My Own (Tiesto Remix) – Callum Scott

Some Kind of Heaven – Hurts

All Goes Wrong (ft. Tom Grennan) – Chase & Status

Good Intentions (ft. BullySongs) – The Chainsmokers

By Your Side (ft. RAYE) – Jonas Blue

Find Me (ft. Birdy) – Sigma

Trouble – Offaiah

Perfect Strangers (ft. JP Cooper) Jerome Price Remix – Jonas Blue

Alone No More – Philip George & Anton Powers

Somewhere To Run (Lost King’s Remix) – Krewella

Kids (Soulwax Mix) – MGMT

The Key The Secret – Urban Cookie Collective

Happy Alone (ft. V. Bozeman) – Matrix & Futurebound

Under Control (ft. Hurts) – Calvin Harris & Alesso

Dare You (ft. Matthew Koma) – Hardwell

 

 

 

Autumn Workout Playlist

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Autumn Workout Playlist

Summer is well and truly over so it’s time for a change when it comes to my workout music; my last playlist was My Summer Workout Playlist.  New fitness goals always coincide with the change in the seasons for me so what better excuse to update my playlist.  So if you are after some workout music inspiration as always it’s 15 songs from me, which I’ve put together as an Infographic.

All the songs in my workout music playlists are available to purchase through iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon.

Updating workout music can help increase your motivation when it comes to training and achieving fitness goals. Click To Tweet

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Autumn Workout Playlist Tracks 2016

In the Name of Love – Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha

Cold Water – Major Lazer, Justin Beiber MØ

R.I.P – Rita Ora & Tinnie Tempah

Perfect Illusion – Lady GaGa

Starving (ft. Zedd) – Hailee Steinfield & Grey

On My Mind – Ellie Goulding

Closer (ft. Halsey) – The Chainsmokers

Starboy (ft. Daft Punk) – The Weeknd

Can You Hear Me (ft. Skepta, JME & Ms. D) – Wiley

The Greatest – Sia & Kendrick Lamar

Jealous (The Rooftop Boys Remix) – Nick Jonas

Trap Queen – Fetty Wap

Omen (ft. Sam Smith) – Disclosure

Work – Iggy Azalea

Kiss the Sky – Jason Derulo

How often do your update your workout music?

What are your favourite workout songs?

 

 

Keeping up your Fitness Motivation

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Keeping up your fitness motivation

Last week I went to New York for a few days with some lovely friends of mine.  It was the first time I’d been to the USA and I am happy to say that it lived up to all of my expectations.  It was hectic, exhausting, amazing, exhilarating, exciting.  I think I went through every emotion during my visit to this amazing city.  I’m already thinking of booking another trip there, this time with my other half, and know what places I would like to visit next time.  Back in the UK, back to reality I got a dose of the post holiday blues.  Don’t we all?

In preparation for my New York trip. I’d upped my fitness training.  Reasons?  Well I wanted to wear a pair of shorts with confidence and look passable on any photos!  Very shallow of me I know but I think most people like to look good for their holidays; it was after all what originally sparked off my desire to lose weight and reassess my diet a couple of years ago (read my post How re-thinking my diet led to sustainable weight loss).

So back home and the thought of getting back to the Gym or out for a run was the furthest from my mind!  It was tempting to say I’ll start next week but I’ve done that before and it’s made me realise how easy it is to lose your motivation and get out of a routine.  So I allowed myself a couple of days off; jet lag and getting kids sorted for back to school, getting myself sorted for back to work. So no excuses, alarm set time to get back into it.

Keeping up fitness motivation can be hard at times; set realistic goals and reward yourself along the way! Click To Tweet

It’s hard to keep motivated to keep fit.  It’s hard if perhaps you are at that stage where you are seeing no results, you are maybe trying to maintain your weight or like me you feel you’ve achieved your goals so what next?  So what can you do to keep motivated?

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