Stay Motivated At Home With Storm Fitness

Ted Winter – PT and co-owner of Storm Fitness – is back with his third instalment of how to stay motivated at home during lockdown. This time, it’s all about reflecting and reviewing.

Over to you, Ted… 

 

 

I hope everyone is well and keeping active. 

Last time I wrote about building some new positive habits into your daily routine. Since then, we’ve seen some small changes in our situation. This has been great for allowing us to get out and about more. A great excuse to get out of the house for exercise and leisure activities.

Maybe it’s time to pump up the wheels of an old bike, dust off the golf clubs, or just lace up those trainers for a day in the great outdoors. If you haven’t started yet, now is the time!

How did you get on with creating new habits? Now is a good time to review the goals you’ve set and look at how far you’ve come. Quite often we get caught up in the rush of day-to-day life and we forget about monitoring our progress. 

Take some time to REFLECT and regularly REVIEW what is working for you and what isn’t.  Reflective practise is vital; and a big part of it is to consider what went well and what didn’t go to plan.

What was it that made you fall off the wagon? Was there a specific trigger activity that made you reach for the pack of biscuits or have a lie in rather than getting up for your daily walk? 

Make a note – and be aware of the things that cause you to derail. It can be as easy as getting to bed earlier or removing the treats from that easy-to-reach cupboard. Or better yet, don’t buy them when you’re out shopping this week!

Plan, measure, reflect, review.

Ted’s taking on new clients online at the moment, if anyone needs help on how to get started, drop him a line at: ted@storm-fitness.com.

A Day in the Life of… 21 Boss, Terry Laybourne

How I’m staying safe and keeping motivated at home during lockdown…

 

 

I GET UP ON A MORNING FOR… Right now it’s bizarre. Things are way too leisurely for me.

 

BREAKFAST IS… Bircher muesli and a slice of sourdough toast, with probably too much butter, Dan’s marmalade, and black coffee. I’m partial to the odd bowl of Coco Pops, too!

 

TO STAY ACTIVE, I… Try my best to exercise for an hour each day, either on my bike or walking in the countryside around us with Susan and our Airedale Terrier, Ernie.

 

TO UNWIND, I… Cook every day at the moment – which, for me, is a joy. I’m loving the challenge of cooking from the hip, using stuff up; opening the fridge or cupboard and trying to figure out what best to do with what I’ve got in front of me.

 

I’M WATCHING… Just finished binge-watching a Swedish cop thriller called Before You Die on All 4. It was captivating and dark… I really like this type of Scandi crime drama. I’ve also been enjoying our pal Roger Crosby knocking out some great tunes on Facebook. Check it out here.  

 

I’M READING… The Apprentice by Jacques Pepin (on audio). It’s a great, uplifting story that charts the career of a great chef. A must-read for anyone in our business. I’ve also got a Michael Connolly novel on the go, as I daren’t read anything remotely work-related before bed, otherwise I’ll never sleep. 

 

I’M LISTENING TO… A mixed bag really. Over the last few days I’ve been listening to The Fun Lovin Criminals Mimosa, Imelda May’s Life Love Flesh Blood, Robert Palmer’s Sneekin’ Sally Through the Alley, A Paul Weller Live album and a load of old soul compilations. All seriously good ‘kitchen music’!

 

SOMEWHERE I’D RATHER BE… Back to work and on the tools, I really miss it.

 

THREE TOP TIPS FOR STAYING AT HOME… Create a varied routine and try to stick to it. Stay active. Challenge yourself by learning something new – I’ve put a teach yourself French app on my phone… honestly, I’ve been learning the French language on and off for the last fifty years! If you fancy giving it a go and beating me to it, the download link is here.

 

DURING LOCKDOWN, I HAVE LEARNT… That time can run away with you, unless you make a conscious effort to get stuff done! If you’re not careful you can get up and go back to bed without achieving anything at all, which can be seriously demoralising.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY… “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”