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Get Motivated to Work Out!

Posted July 7, 2017 by Bethanie Lunn

I’ve known pilates queen, Korin Nolan through ‘the industry’ for some years now and she recently approached me* to see if I wanted to try out her new online fitness and healthy eating course for new mums, The Baby Body Bootcamp. I always look after myself and whereas I love the odd treat (you all know that if you regularly visit this blog and my Instagram!), for the majority of time, I keep fit and healthy and I enjoy doing so.

HOWEVER, and it is a big however, I do find it hard to stick to a regime – particularly with exercise and I do find it challenging to even get started, so I asked Korin for her help.  I really love her approach.  For me, it is a mixture of empathetic advise from a knowledgable, non-patronising mum-friend and the firmness of a fitness instructor giving you some home truths and much-needed motivation.

Why Korin?

Korin trained as a dancer and discovered pilates this way, before qualifying as Body Control Pilates teacher in 2004.  Since then, she trained and taught at Bootcamp Pilates (London’s first Dynamic Reformer Pilates Studio) for four years, and in 2014 left to open her own studio, Power Pilates UK, in South East London.  Before  all this, Korin was a TV Presenter and the author of a cook book.  Pretty awesome right?  Much like the woman herself.

I mean, Korin in her first year of business, gained more than 500 clients (many of whom are hooked due to the amazing results that can be achieved) and in 2015 she developed a recognised teacher training program.  Now, Korin runs the studio, is a mum of two, posts daily fitness videos and tips on Instagram for her 15.3k followers and she is blummin gorgeous.  I know, annoying isn’t it.

Seriously though, well done that girl – what a great example to follow and so, what is the example she sets for us mothers with her new online fitness programme, The Baby Body Bootcamp?

I’ve been enjoying the course for a couple of months now and will be sharing my progress with you over the next few weeks but for now, read on for more about the e-course and for Korin’s awesome motivational tips to kick you up the butt:

How to motivate yourself to workout

If exercise is part of your regular routine, then chances are you won’t need much motivation because working out has become a habit, you know the benefits you’ll feel (and the way you’ll feel if you don’t workout) and well, you’re just addicted and your body needs it!

However, we don’t all feel like this, especially when we are new to fitness or have been out of the workout loop for a while, with things such as making babies! So, I totally understand that it does take some a lot of us a hell-of-a-lot of motivation to get our sweat on. With that in mind, here are my top tips to discover your fitness mojo and get yourself on track and raring for your next workout.

  1. Workout in the morning before your brain figures out what your body is doing. It’s a good saying and a very true one for most people. Everyone has their preferred time to workout, but for me it works best in the morning when I have the most energy (even after a sleepless night with the baby) and I can tick it off my to-do list, plus it sets me up for a good day ahead.
  2. Put your workout gear on without thinking. Once you have committed to that part then you’re almost half way there.
  3. Reward yourself. Allowing yourself a treat after you’ve done your workout is a great way to get motivated: get your nails done, watch your favourite movie, have a candle lit bubble bath, have a healthy brunch/lunch/dinner out, whatever floats your boat.
  4. Ask yourself ‘will I regret skipping this workout’? Chances are the answer will be yes!
  5. Get your groove on to a great playlist! Prepare a fab playlist the night before and blast it out before your workout to get you in the mood to move!
  6. Follow inspiring people on Instagram, watch a music video with amazing women like Shakira and Beyonce who have great bodies, read a fitness magazine, before your workout to get you in the right frame of mind.
  7. Write your goals down and always keep them at the forefront of your mind. Read them whenever you need some motivation to remind you why you’re doing this in the first place.
  8. Drink a coffee half an hour before you workout to give you extra energy. A black one with just a little milk – no creamy lattes!
  9. Get a fitness watch- looking at the number of steps you do every day and making your results a tangible daily goal may help you keep on track.
  10. Keep your workouts short. If you know that in half an hours time it will all be over, then that’s a lot more manageable to process in your head that thinking you’ve got a long gruelling hour or more ahead of you.

More About Korin’s Course

The Baby Body Bootcamp is a three month programme designed specifically for new mums who want to lose weight and get fitter and healthier.  Simple.  Using a combination of Pilates (low intensity) and semi low impact HIIT exercises (high intensity), your workout will continuously switch, raising your heart rate for short bursts when doing the HIIT and lowering it when doing Pilates.

Korin says this constant shift keeps the body alert and working at its best, ‘by combining these two methods together, great results can be achieved’ and she is living proof if nothing else.

Korin eases you in, advising gentle exercise at first, such as walking (once you have been cleared by your Doctor), addressing the benefits of eating well and post natal fitness from the off:
  • Weight loss
  • Regaining strength & tone
  • Better sleep
  • Eases tension and strain caused by pregnancy
  • Help combat baby blues and post-natal depression
  • Feeling happier
  • More energy
  • More Confidence

The course starts from £35 for just the fitness or healthy eating sections, or a saving of £60 for the whole shebang, and you get a lot for that:

What Does this full eBook Contain?

The Baby Body Bootcamp gives you an introductory overview to healthy eating and a one week example meal plan. It also includes tons of recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner which you can then pick and choose to create your daily meal plans according to what you like and what fits into your day.  And no, they don’t take hours, they’re all tasty, quick and achievable.

The fitness plan you get takes you through three stages, easing you back into fitness safely and building up your fitness level as you recover post-pregnancy.  You get a video glossary to guide you through each exercise to make sure that you are performing each exercise correctly and safely, plus an all-important maintenance plan to keep up the good work post course.

How am I getting on?

Honestly?  I keep watching Korin’s videos and admiring them, wanting it to be me.  I’ve not got very far with that so I’m now putting into place her motivational tips and advice of starting small.  I have started to perform some small pilates-based stretches every morning and night and feel more alive.  Such a simple adjustment makes me feel that I CAN DO IT, but more importantly, that I WANT to.

As for the healthy eating plan, I employ one quite successfully already but I’m discovering so many easy and fabulous recipes which I’ll share with you soon.

Stay tuned x

*Korin provided me with the full course gratis, but all opinions are my own and I am under no obligation to write this.  I simply felt my readers would benefit from knowing about this.

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