OK hands up, I haven't been exercising in January. Even though I sat on that couch in a food coma all Christmas, and PROMISED myself I would get planking in the New Year... here I am as doughy-bellyed as before!
So in order to get motivated, I've decided I must go shopping. As bad as it sounds, getting into new gear is a bigger incentive for me to hit the gym than thinking about Michelle Obama arms! That, and following my favourite Instgrammers. But more on that later!
A photo posted by Orla Mc Donagh (@gymbunnydublin) on Nov 9, 2014 at 12:12pm PST
First, check out these bits and pieces in the shops right now, that are getting me all fired up and ready for the cross trainer!
Sports Bra Dunnes €12 ¦ Mesh top Forever 21 €13.50
Forever 21 combined cami and sports bra €13.50
Bottoms Dunnes €20 ¦ Simple Setter T-Shirt JD Sports €20
Stella McCartney bottoms Lifestyle Sports €42 ¦ Forever 21 hoodie €15
Crop top €6 and leggings €11 both Penneys
Marl leggings Dunnes €20 ¦ Adidas Originals track top €65 Lifestyle Sports
Nike tee €20 and Adidas vest €10 both Lifestyle Sports
Gym Bag Forever 21 €19.50
Lidl gym bag €6.99 (but only in stores this week!)
Puma Women's Faas 500 V3 reduced to €38 at Lifestyle Sports
Adidas Originals Rita Ora ZX500 reduced to €40 at JD Sports
Jogger €20 Dunnes
Nike Roshe Runners €80 JD Sports
Trainers €9 Penneys
A quick word on the trainers... If you're just going to the gym, any of the above runners will be fine. But if you're jogging, and especially if you're jogging on roads in Dublin, you should really get advice on what trainers will offer you the right support. Shin splints are zero craic!
A photo posted by Teresa Lopez ðŸ”¸ 22 y/o ðŸ”¸ SWE (@teresalopez) on Jan 26, 2015 at 11:19am PST
For that extra kick up the behind, I love scrolling through Fitspo accounts on Instagram. (That's a mashup of 'fitness' and 'inspiration' dontcha know). Yeah a lot of them are slender and tanned, but it's not about that. It's about the MUSCLES. I fantasize about getting a rippling set of my own!
@Steph_Pacca may love bikini selfies (and she's very open about having had a boob job!) but it shouldn't distract from the fact that she is feckin' fit!
A photo posted by STEPH PACCA (@steph_pacca) on Dec 18, 2014 at 11:05pm PST
And @EllieGoulding often posts her gym work outs...
A video posted by elliegoulding (@elliegoulding) on Jan 30, 2015 at 7:06am PST
Victoria Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel (@angelcandices) is good for a few too
A photo posted by Candice Swanepoel (@angelcandices) on Dec 6, 2014 at 7:09am PS
But my favourite is @GymBunnyDublin who posts from an Irish perspective!
A photo posted by Orla Mc Donagh (@gymbunnydublin) on Sep 8, 2014 at 1:18pm PDT
And then there's THIS video. Dayum girl, I gotta get off the couch!!
So what helps get YOU motivated? Tell us in the comments!