Every September, we prepare to get back into a routine after the summer months. Some head back to school, others to college, some go back to work after summer holidays, and some people return to the gym. With so much uncertainty over the last few months, it may seem that getting back into a routine may be more difficult this year, but this does not need to be the case. So, we’ve listed a few tips to help you get back into a routine this autumn!
Take Small Steps
A routine does not happen overnight, it may take a couple of weeks to adjust. Going from 0-100 with any task would be ideal but it is not realistic. To ensure you adopt a routine that you will stick to, we suggest making small changes. Take your Slendertone ab toning belt as an example - try using it 3 times a week at first, then increase to 4 or 5. For best results we recommend using your belt 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 6 weeks.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep on the following day. How well we sleep can determine our mood and productivity. Getting 7-8 hours’ sleep at night will leave you feeling refreshed, recharged, and ready for the day ahead. Getting better quality sleep will also help you remember and process things better. Establishing a sleeping routine by going to bed and getting up at the same time every day will help your overall routine run smoother.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Keeping hydrated will ensure you stay focused throughout the day, helping you to stick to your schedule. Aim to drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Breaking this down by setting a target to drink a certain amount of water every hour is a helpful way to reach this goal. Try setting an alarm every hour to remind you to drink water – that way you won’t forget, and you’ll definitely hit your target!
Sunday Night Meal Prep
Preparing meals for the week on a Sunday (or Monday) evening will provide you with free time throughout the midweek evenings, which will help you stick to your schedule. Check out our top tips for meal prepping to take the hassle out of cooking every evening and to help you stay on track to reach your fitness goals.
A Time for Tasks
Allocating specific times to specific tasks everyday will help the task to seamlessly fit into your day and allow it to become more of a habit than a chore. Just like how making your bed when you wake up is a habit, and brushing your teeth before you leave the house is a habit, these were once tasks that have just become part of our everyday routine and we now do every morning without giving them much thought. Try the same approach for a morning meditation, post-work exercise or energy boosting walks.
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