Active Muslimah: 4 ways to stay motivated

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Anyone can get physically fit, look and feel great, so why doesn’t everyone do it?  

  1. It’s just not one of your priorities.
  2. You don't have a plan of action.

Personally, I don't believe anyone that says ‘I just don’t have time’ there are 24 hours in a day and all it takes is 30 minutes out of ONE of those 24 hrs to benefit from physical exercise. 

Okay, so you have the time but you haven’t prioritised exercising because you simply don't know where to start. No problem, here are 4 things you need to do to motivate yourself to get active:

  1. Vision: Define your goals, short term and long term.
  2. Plan: How will you meet your goals? You need an EASY exercise plan to stick to.
  3. Action: Now its time to act on your plan, get to it.
  4. Monitor progress: Every week you will get better, maybe you will walk 2 miles in a shorter time, you’ll be able to lift a heavier weight or run for the bus without losing your breath. 

A plan is really important, heres why.

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Never under estimate the power of a plan: You can workout at the gym, at home or in the park and play "eenie meanie miniee mo" with what exercises to do or you can have a plan with selected exercises that suit your fitness level and fit in around your schedule. 

Here’s an example of a workout that isn't planned: ‘There's a free bike, ill warm up on that for 5 minutes and then stretch. Okay now what, ermmm…hmm there is a free cross trainer, ill try and do that for 30 minutes, maybe ill switch it up by alternatively going fast and slow, brilliant thats 40 minutes of exercise, now ill do 10 minutes on abs, stretch and go home.

Give this kind of training no more than a week before you lose motivation, you might drag a friend down with you and continue this type of training for a little while longer before you find 101 reasons as to why you can't make it to the gym. I know because this used to be me. 

Having a plan keeps you focused, makes you motivated, confident and is an easy pathway to becoming a fit and motivated Muslimah.

Monitoring your progress is one of the BEST ways to stay motivated once you have a plan, you'll be in euphoria once you feel your body gradually getting to its full potential.

Plan of action

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If you don’t have the time to study advanced anatomy and physiology, core training and how to write an exercise plan, then simply ask a professional. Take the guess work out of getting fit, all consultations with a personal trainer should be free of charge, they will help you define your fitness goals and discuss what needs to be done to help you live a healthier lifestyle. They will be able to write you an exercise plan based on your fitness level and wallah, your on the road to an energetic, happier, healthier you.