Despite all my enthusiasm and renewed energy at the beginning of the year, I’m finding January really hard. I’m sleeping lots, feeling tired (work is also quite full on at the moment), and finding the motivation to exercise is really low.
I last did proper workouts nearly a week ago. I’ve still been cycling to work, and I did my first yoga class last week (more on that later), but Freeletics has been a really struggle.
Today I did 50 jumping pull-ups and 50 burpees, which is one part of a day that Coach has given me this week.
So here’s the thing. I think I need to make some routine changes. First, here are the problems…
- I never work out in the morning, but when I do, I feel amazing
- I’m always too hungry to work out after work
Here’s why I think these things are happening (bear with me on this)
I try and be in bed by 10:30pm, but then I often don’t go to sleep until about 11.30pm, which means that to get eight hours sleep I don’t wake up until 7.30am. I like to have a cup of tea in bed, check the news, plan the day. Which means I’m not usually in the shower until 8.30am, and then it’s a rush to get to have breakfast and get to work for 9.30am. And ideally I’d like to be there at 9am.
I tend to eat porridge/fruit or yoghurt/granola for breakfast and something light for lunch (salad, sandwich etc), so by the time it gets to 5.30pm, I’m starving and just want to finish work, go home and cook dinner.
So at either end of the day, I don’t have the energy / time / desire to exercise.
Now the solutions.
- Go to bed earlier. Lights out by 11pm.
- Get up at 7am
- Spend less time drinking tea and looking at the internet in the morning
- Work out in the morning
- Eat a big breakfast and a bigger lunch
Then I can relax in the evening, or do other fitness stuff, having completed my Freeletics workout.
Which brings me on to… Yoga!
I did my first class last week. I’m doing Iyengar, which involves a lot of held poses, rather than yoga with ‘flow’. I enjoyed the discipline of holding stretches and poses, and I felt great afterwards.
Also, I was really surprised with how much Freeletics had improved my ability to hold the poses and my general flexibility. I’ll definitely be going back.
Tell me – what’s your routine? When do you work out?