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We’re SO SO excited to see how many of you have pledged to move your body every day as part of our #KICFIT Feb Challenge! We want to inspire people to make exercise part of their daily routine – to forget about numbers and measurements and instead focus on how exercise makes you FEEL! That’s why we’re so genuinely touched to see thousands of you get involved and share the way working out makes you feel strong, happy and confident!
We want you to keep going all the way to the end of the month – and beyond – so that exercise is something that you naturally fit into your daily routine. So we thought we’d share some of our favourite tips to help you stick to your new routine. We’d love to hear yours too. Be sure to share them in our Facebook Community, or on Insta with #KICFIT.
Fail to plan, plan to fail… ammiright? If you want to fit more exercise into your routine, the very first step is to make it as easy as possible for yourself. We all know it’s a great idea to set out your gym clothes the night before, but why not go a couple better? Lay out your work or school clothes too. You can even pre-prep your brekkie the night before so everything is ready and waiting for you once that alarm goes off. How good will it feel to start your day and have everything ready and waiting for you so you don’t even have to think!?
There’s no one quite like you. And that means what works for everyone else might not work for you. Maybe you’re a morning person, maybe you’re a night owl. Perhaps you work long shifts and can only manage a 10 minute walk after work on weekdays but do more on weekends. Don’t feel like you have to compare your routine to other people’s, just do the exercise that feels good for you, at a time that fits into your lifestyle. We’re not about guilt here! It’s all good vibes only!
Similarly, if you find yourself really struggling during a workout (especially around your period!), don’t feel down about it. Just accept that our bodies are complicated things and sometimes you will have more energy and sometimes less. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it just IS!
Our trainer Danny always says this… take a rest day! It’s so important to give your body time to recover. If you keep pushing and doing the same tough exercise routine every day, you’ll quickly plateau and your progress will stall. How depressing! Instead, take 2-3 days a week as rest days. Do some gentle yoga, take a walk or simply stretch instead of doing strength or cardio. Your body will feel refreshed and ready to go harder the next day! Remember, life is about balance. You can’t go at 100% every single day.
All you runners, cyclists and weight lifters out there – this is especially important for you! It’s all too easy to get addicted to the endorphin hit that comes from pushing hard every day. But time spent stretching out each week is extremely important for your flexibility, performance and overall health. Think of exertion and rest as yin and yang – you need both to thrive.
It’s so much harder to quit when you have some workout buddies holding you accountable. Reach out to friends or other KIC girls and set up a regular time to train together. Maybe you can do a group run one day per week, or perhaps you just text each other pics every time you workout. There’s something so powerful about being part of a community all working towards the same goal. Of course, that’s exactly what our Private Facebook Community is for so make sure you get involved.
Saying “I’m going to get fit” might seem a little vague and hard to achieve! Where do you even start with that? How do you know when you’ve smashed it? Instead, how about setting a goal to be able to run 5k without stopping? Or be able to kettle bell swing with a 14kg weight 2o times in a row? Studies have shown that setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Specific) means you’re more likely you’ll achieve them. So write it down, set yourself a time limit and start working towards whatever fitness goal you’d like to achieve! And remember to set new goals once you’ve achieved something so you don’t slide backwards.
We hope these tips inspire you to smash #KICFIT. Don’t forget to keep sharing your progress with us to be in the running to win a massive $1k prize pack!