Speaking of the gym playlist – I curated my own tailor made Spotify list full of tunes that really pump up my motivation (plus with Spotify premium, I don’t have to think about adverts to distract me). As a gym newby, I think that the playlist really helps. My mix of gold old 80s, 90s rap, noughties pop and current chart music really works; you never know what’s coming next and all the beats seem to push me to keep on keeping on.
And, the final thing I think is pushing me – mainly because I’m now obsessed – is my FitBit. It tracks your steps, you heart rate, your sleeping pattern and spotify can link up to it, meaning I can leave my phone in a locker and really concentrate on sweating.
So, when I say I’m obsessed with my FitBit, I mean I check the steps and heart rate on average five times a minute (a bit of an exaggeration), and always want to beat my steps from the day before – which is hard when my job involves sitting at a desk for 7.5 hours a day. But I really think the mixture of comfortable gym wear I feel confident in, little things like wireless headphones and a watch to track my progress, not to mention the best playlist I’ve ever created are the key ingredients to help enjoy the gym.
My progress may be slow at the minute, but like the tale of the tortoise and the hare – slow and steady wins the race.