Jessica Ennis-Hill shares her top tips for sticking with your fitness goals when the weather and your calendar says otherwise…
Sometimes the weather and a busy schedule can make it harder than ever to find the motivation to stick to your fitness goals. That's exactly why Jess has launched her #JennisTimeForYou campaign.
The idea behind it is that she’ll help you get great workouts in, even when you’re struggling for time and motivation.
“I have to admit that I really struggle when the weather is bad and there are a million and one other things you need to do,” says Jess. “But there are lots of tips and tricks I’ve picked up over my career that really help me make the time to fit in those workouts.” Here, Jess shares a few of those golden nuggets.
1. Call exercise ‘me time’
Avoid thinking of your workout as a chore and reframe it in your mind as something that’s just for you: essential time for you to step back from any stresses. If you do that, I promise you’ll be more likely to prioritise it.
2. Think about the way you’ll feel afterwards
Instead of focusing on the effort it takes to get your kit on and get started, always focus on the way you’re going to feel after your workout. That buzz you get after exercising and the feeling of achievement when you’re done makes the effort well worth it.
3. Something is always better than nothing
When you’re tired or there’s a lot going on, you might not feel like going for a run or doing a full 30-minute circuit. And, at the same time, you may think there’s no point just doing 5 minutes. However, even if you can squeeze in just 5 minutes of activity, it’s better than nothing at all – and, according to scientists, it can have a huge impact on your body and brain.
To help you out with some fitness quickies, I’ve shared my favourite 5-minute workouts in the Jennis Extras section of my Fitness app. There are also 20, 24 and 29-minute sessions, so whatever time you have, there’s a circuit to suit.
4) Think of this as training for 2020 fitness
Is your goal for this year to get fitter? Think of this period of short but efficient work-outs as a warm-up for the main event. Your muscles will be ready for the challenge.
If you're looking to kick-start your fitness in January, sign up now for our easy-to-follow 30-day January fitness plan. Jess has shared a programme for what to do and when, and will coach you through every single day! Read about the 30-day fitness plan.
Check out the new 5, 20, 24 and 29-minute sessions in the Jennis app