November 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm #295
I used to be a personal trainer so it’s pretty embarrassing that I can’t motivate myself at the moment. Full time job, horses before and after, constant fatigue, living on a diet of sugar, you know the story!
I’ve been ill for the last week and am struggling to get off my butt and work out. I have all the fitness gear at home you could ever wish for, including pull up bar, Olympic barbell and punchbag but no motivation to get up and do it, I just want to sleep in my free time! I train at Krav Maga and pole weekly but feel too wiped out to do more? I know once I get into a routine I’ll like it but can’t get into it.
So inspire me please! What tricks do you use to get yourself to the gym or out for a run or whatever? And how do you crack the sugar addiction? Feel like I’m running on empty all the time. Thanks!
November 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm #296
Personally I’m of the opinion the constant fatigue is your body trying to tell you something. I would start off with a gentle walk and build up gradually from there as you feel comfortable – I’m no fitness expert but have a wealth of experience with fatigue sadly.
November 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm #297
You need to take the pressure off. I’d arrange cover for the horses before it after wirk twice a week, and diary an exercise session followed by a bath. Horses twice a day every day is punishing – it’s no wonder you’re fatigued even without the mental pressure of trying to find non-existent time to exercise.
November 23, 2017 at 1:49 pm #298
Completely agree with everything thus far. If I really needed to get myself moving and had no motivation then I’d plan a walk to somewhere I could enjoy a nice tasty meal, a bit of shopping then walk back. You’ll know best what distance you can manage but if I’m not sure how I’m feeling then I’ll plan a route with bus stops just in case.
When I lost my get up & go it was because I was ill so if this feeling lasts, get a GP appt.
November 23, 2017 at 1:49 pm #299
I go swimming and I auto drive myself there. If I am there I will go, if I dont even get there I wont go. Lots of salads with veggies like green beans, broad beans. kidney beans they make up so much fibre and take so long to eat. Hot salads are fantastic but they are also great cold.
November 23, 2017 at 1:50 pm #300
I probably shouldn’t comment as I’ve turned into a blob in the last year and am not and have never been at all motivated to do exercise except in relation to the horse. However….
Why do you need to do more than you’re already doing exercise wise? It seems you already do more than the majority of people. Let your body rest and get over your illness.
As said above substitute a couple of horse evenings for other things if you want to but don’t add to it. If you do feel constantly tired then obviously if you already haven’t then you should speak to your GP. As well as physical things like low iron or vit D Low-mood can also contribute to lack of motivation so that’s something you should also consider.
November 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm #301
What do you eat for breakfast? If i start on sugar I just eat it all day riding the sugar highs and crashes. If I can start well (today porridge with water, chia and raisins) then it’s better, the longer I can put off that first sugar kick the better the day.
Otherwise I wouldn’t worry too much. I think after the clocks change your body can go into hibernation mode for a while.
Sort the sugar and the rest will follow.
November 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm #302
As others have said, let yourself recover from illness first. Then, address the sugar. I will say, though, in my experience, the more you address the fitness, the less likely you are to indulge in the sugar.
I have downloaded the Pacer App and I aim for 15000 steps per day excluding any riding (45 mins on the horse seems to equate to 6000 steps). Mucking out, turning out, bringing in, grooming seems to equate to about 6000 steps so there’s quite a lot of activity needed to hit that target and it’s not easy with a desk job. A 30 minute run tends to add another 6000. On days that I’m not exercising, I lower the target to 12000.
So, my saviour is Joe Wicks and his HIITs. Doesn’t have to be him, but the HIITs have really sorted out my fitness. He does 15 minute ones, 20 minute ones, 25 minute ones in a variety of styles, including low impact, dumbells, kettlebells, fat burning, core, etc. They’re free on YooToob on Bodycoach TV. When you are feeling up to it, why not squeeze a low impact HIIT in a couple of times per week and go from there?
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