We’ve all been there.
There are days when we just don’t feel like working out and are suffering from a dip in enthusiasm.
It’s not easy to get out of a slump and back to the training ethic you want to display on a regular basis, but our three top tips will help you do just that.
Try these for starters and see if you can get that training bug back.
TRAIN WITH FRIENDS
Some people like to train on their own and there’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re struggling to hit the gym and achieve your goals – start to workout with a friend.
Having someone to talk to and bounce fitness goals and ideas off during a session can really help. It’s always motivating to have someone pushing you and willing you to get better.
You can also challenge one another, record your progress and catch up on life in general during and in-between different exercises.
TRAIN AT A DIFFERENT TIME OF DAY
You may be a morning runner or gym-goer before you start work, but try and mix-up your routine to keep things fresh.
For example, train on a morning one day and the next during the evening.
Subtle changes can really make the difference and also allow you to build in adequate rest time too.
From tracking your progress on your smartphone to joining a club or entering a race, a challenge can really help you.
Whether it’s a short-term or long-term target, having something to focus on and work towards will keep you motivated.
Sport360 takes you through tips for runners and keen fitness enthusiasts to avoid blisters.
Basically, blisters are pockets of skin filled with fluid and they form when layers of the skin (dermis and epidermis) separate.
The main causes are often when your feet rub against your trainers and don’t have enough room to breath, especially when you sweat and run long distances.
As a result, pressure and swelling can form – and an annoying pimple-like spot.
In terms of injuries, and annoying ones at that, they are one of the most common.
They’re not pleasant and are very uncomfortable, especially when your shoes rub against your feet.
Indeed, your feet can often look like a bloody mess after a run or football match.
So, here’s our guidance to keep your feet in top-tip shape:
GET THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR
Making the right choices over footwear will benefit you in the long run (excuse the pun).
Our recent piece on five top tips to buy the right running trainers will help, read it here.
Care and attention when choosing and purchasing footwear is essential – consider the right pair of runners, going out shoes or everyday pair for work as an investment in yourself.
Getting the right fit for your foot will really help avoid blisters and make you feel comfortable. Leave a good amount of room between your toes and the end of the shoe.
For running and exercise – it’s always important you wear in your chosen footwear before, for example, running a marathon.
Make sure your feet have adapted and feel good. Sports socks will also help make you feel just right and avoid wet socks/trainers as that will certainly cause a blister.
With all of the above, most running/footwear shops should be able to guide you through this process nicely.
SHOULD I POP A BLISTER?
A common question, but on the whole, no you shouldn’t.
Popping the blister increases the risk of infection and soreness, but of course, in some cases it is better to do so – especially if the pesky little thing is frequently coming into contact with your feet.
If you wish to do so, pop the blister by taking a fresh needle and from the side, gradually drain out the fluid.
HOW SHOULD I TREAT A BLISTER?
It’s best to let the blister pop of its own accord (a short period of time) but the best course of practice is to apply some antiseptic cream and regular fresh dressage to reduce the risk of infection.
If the blister doesn’t seem to be going away or you’re experiencing soreness and swelling, it’s best to see a doctor.
We’ve pointed out three classic problems that affect a lot of us in the office.
But, don’t worry, they are all easily solvable.
Take our pointers onboard and see if they can make a difference to your workflow.
NOT STAYING HYDRATED
We all have those office days when coffee just gets us through but it’s vital you drink plenty of water and stay as hydrated as possible.
Getting fluids on board helps to increase your energy levels, improve digestion, stimulate muscles, detoxify the body and generally keep your body healthy.
Essentially, don’t leave water out of your daily schedule and on average men should try and drink around three litres per day, while women need to consume around 2.2.
By the time Thursday rolls around, we are all feeling a bit sluggish.
And this is often when our posture can slip, resulting in shoulder, back and neck problems.
It’s important you pay attention to your posture when seated and avoid slouching as well as hunching over.
By doing this, you’ll eliminate obvious physical problems and other issues such as headaches.
Try and sit upright with your back straight where possible – but if you’re struggling – stretch at home and complete activities like yoga or pilates to loosen up your body.
TAKING ON TOO MUCH
We all live fast-paced lifestyles in the UAE and can be guilty of taking on too many commitments at any one given time.
Whether it’s work or personal, it can be difficult to juggle everyone at once.
Multitasking can actually lead to stress and anxiety so try and be conscious of your workload – and make time for you as well.
Try and set daily objectives and keep a diary of your week and what needs to be done. Setting targets each day will enable you to tick off the things you’ve accomplished and end the day knowing you’ve done all you can.
It’s important to take regular breaks and unwind too.