Yoga instructor and all-around beauty Cam Kui shares with us her top tips to keep your fitness resolutions in check. Because who doesn't want to shred those extra kilos we piled on over the holidays and have washboard abs by summer?
Originally published in ic magazine: http://ifc.com.hk/ic/en/article/five-tips-city-hustlers-fitness-resolutions
It's January, and the 'new year, new me' has kicked in! We may have our fitness intentions and goals written down, but there's always excuses. The daily 3pm sugar-crave is real (that Snickers bar tastes particularly good in front of our computer in the office), plus the cold weather doesn’t really motivate us to put on those cute yoga tights and tank tops. With all this struggle (read, #firstworldproblems), how in the world can we kick start and stay motivated on our fitness goals?
1. Have a "I'll never regret this!" attitude
Attitude is key! Even if you might be feeling sleepy, stressed or drained, unless you are physically incapable of moving due to medical reasons, remind yourself not to regret getting a sweat on! I am a fan of early morning routines, it's not always easy waking up when it’s still dark outside, but there's really no better way to start the day. Take Former US president Obama for example, he is known to start his day with a workout. Evenings are great for a calmer routine so I don’t let those endorphins disturb my sleep.
2. Revamp your workout wardrobe
Sometimes looking good makes me feel good! Athletic outfits are an investment to me, the image of who I see in the mirror determines on how motivated I am for my workout, (this is personal, so take my words with a pinch of salt). Lululemon is my go-to gear, and Lane Crawford always has something sweet and sassy.
3. Set a healthy meal plan for your work-week
Instead of setting myself a strict diet plan, I'm all about balance. Too much of anything is bad for you anyway! During the work-week, when I have a heavier meal for breakfast, I go light on my lunch (and vice versa) and I always keep my dinners as light and eating as early on in the evening as possible. I watch what I eat for five days so it allows me more quota to indulge a little more over the weekend. I also drink a lot of water on a daily basis. On days when I feel like drinking something with a bit of flavor, I will choose a pressed juice. I also love a glass of wine on the weekends.
4. Set a good playlist
One thing about going for a workout alone is being bored, and that boredom can demotivate anyone very quickly. I have a few playlists for various workouts, something hip and upbeat when I go for a run, especially during HIIT sprints, and something calm and instrumental for my yoga practice. A good set of headphones is a game changer too.
5. Get a sweat buddy or join a workout community
They say friends who sweat together, stay together! So grab a pal and set some fitness goals together. Create a schedule that you can both keep up with on a weekly or daily basis, and that will eventually become a routine in your life.
Enjoy sweating in 2018! There's nothing more important than the wellness of our mind and body. I never call it exercise, I refer to my workouts as 'movements' – something that we need to do to stay alive and healthy. So, happy moving!