Bikini Body Ready: 7 Steps to Motivation With Fitness Guru Hayley Newton

Posted by: on May 15, 2013 | No Comments

Celebrity favourite Hayley Newton shares her top 7 tips to stay motivated this summer, and to get that beach body you’re all after!

“In reality, the easiest task of all is coming up with excuses NOT to exercise. Most people fail because they are impatient for results and work at it TOO hard!

Studies have shown that if you can stick with something 30 days it becomes a habit. Shift your thinking from couch potato mentality to thinking like an athlete to get that red carpet look. This may sound like a big challenge, but it’s not as big a leap as you think. As Artistic director of Italia Conti Arts Centre, my job is to keep our students fit and stimulated. I believe that changing the pattern of their exercise keeps their interest as it exercises the mind as well.”

 

1) Goals 

Set realistic goals that include clear milestones, and as you progress toward your goal, you’ll find a ripple effect occurs, and things fall into place. If you make them too ambitious, you can end up givingup & throwing the towel in. If your goal is achievable, whether it’s buying a dress one size smaller or running one mile longer than you already were, then fulfilling them will feel exhilarating, and you’ll want to set more goals to achieve more results!

 

2) Convenience

Find a gym/park that is convenient in terms of location. It should be a quick walk from where you sleep, work or study almost every day. This makes it a lot easier to develop a routine. The guilt you will feel as you walk past might draw you in….They say that the hardest part of working out is actually getting inside the gym. It becomes a lot less painful if it’s a stone throws away.

 

3) Make it fun

Find sports or activities that you enjoy, like pole dancing or circus skills, then vary the routine to keep you on your toes. If you’re not enjoying your workouts, try something different. Take a ballroomdancing class or tap class. Check out a health club or martial arts centre. Discover your hidden athletic talent. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be drudgery — and you’re more likely to stick with a fitness program if you’re having fun.

 

4) Make a good playlist

Make up a great playlist just for working out and sing along, forget all of those weird looks you get as you pass people in the park or gym ha ha…

Music and exercise make a fantastic team as it can distract you from the pain and fatigue of the workout. It can also elevate your mood and has been known to make you swim faster, run farther and bike longer. Why don’t you give it a go?

 

5) Pictures

Take an identical photo of yourself every four weeks and stick them on the fridge. The evidence allows you to see the effects your program is having on your appearance, and it will inspire you to stick to it. If  it’s minimal change, it is still CHANGE! Don’t be disheartened if it takes a long time to shift all those pounds, as if you crash diet and lose quickly, you’ll put it back on just as fast. You want to really think about your nutrition and exercise only as much that will keep you fit and interested.

 

6) Friends

Finding a running mate and tell each other funny stories as you work out. Laughter is as good for you as the exercise…Or better yet, he/she doesn’t have to be a friend, JUST a workout partner. Someone who is motivated and has adrenalin. Then when one of you has an “off” day, the other one can pull you back up. You can bounce off each other.

 

7) Relax

Give yourself rest days when you feel like it will be too much to get out, but don’t use that as an excuse to break with good nutrition.  If you’re staying in to watch a movie, don’t snack, if you arehungry get the fruit out. You can do some light stretching and take a bath with some gorgeous bath oil and candles so you get the most out of your relaxation.

 

In the end, it doesn’t matter what you’re training for, whether for your self, a wedding or special occasion– just as long as you’re doing something.  But why not train because it’s simply good for you?

Check out Hayley’s website for more information.

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