Great Ways To Reward Yourself After Exercise!

Friday, 11 November 2016

As much as working out can be it's own reward (feeling strong/awesome/unstoppable) everybody deserves a treat for doing well with their fitness. It doesn't have to be a trip to McDonald's or anything else that will undo all of your hard work. Nor does it have to be spending a tonne of money on new Nike gear. Although that can be pretty fun from time to time!

These are budget-friendly ways to help you feel great after exercise, that you can easily add to your daily routine. They are things that I personally like to reward myself with that help me feel great and stay positive about my fitness. Even on bad days where you're just not feeling it, but you go to the gym or for a run anyway, it's those days especially that you deserve a reward. These journeys are tough and we should all be proud of ourselves for doing our best to achieve our goals.

Create your dream smoothie 

I'm talking berries, mango, coconut yogurt, anything that you love all blended to create an amazing smoothie. What's better than something that helps refuel your body and tastes like something they drink on tropical islands? It will leave you feeling refreshed and can help you cool down too. Also a great way to add more fruits into your diet. 

Zesty Shower Gels 

This one is a personal favorite of mine. Whenever I've gone really hard working out that day and I'm dying to get clean again, a shower gel that smells fresh and zesty is just what I need. Lush always have some amazing scents, as well as the Body Shop (I've been using their pina colada one and it's so good!) You'll feel amazing and ready to take on the day.

Take a selfie and share how great you feel

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I'm not shy to the occasional mirror selfie. Some days you just feel awesome and may have noticed a few gains. I absolutely love seeing selfies from other fit-girls who are proud of their progress, I find it really inspiring! Get you phone out, find a nice mirror and have fun striking a few poses! Share how great you feel and it might convince others to take up their own journey.

Write down and compare your progress

You body actually improves faster than you think, which is why it's great to write down your workout results. Even though it can seem like you're making slow progress, if you have a notebook that allows you to look back a month, you'll be surprised by how far you've come! Hard work and dedication are rewarding when you hit those goals and make great progress. When you hit a milestone, it may be time to treat yourself to some new workout gear ;)

Meet a friend for brunch 

I don't now about you, but a morning workout followed by smashed avocado and poached eggs, alongside coffee and good company, sounds like a great reward! A lot of brunch menus have healthy options that are full of protein, so you always have the excuse of needing the muscle repair (if in doubt, go for eggs on toast.) This is something me and my Mum do every single Saturday after our hill run. We look forward to it all week and it's something to focus on when I'm half-way through. Food is such a great motivator!

Get all glam just for yourself 

I absolutely love doing this! As much as I can feel like a bad-ass in my gym gear, I always look forward to putting on my favorite skirt and a flattering top. Maybe a little red lipstick if I'm feeling confident. Wear your favorite outfit and feel amazing for the rest of the day. You've worked hard at the gym, so use that confidence to add some glamor into your routine (and show off all those squats you've been doing.)

Treat yourself to an acai bowl 

Not only are these heavenly to look at, but they taste amazing too! It's rewarding yourself with something sweet, while getting the benefits of this amazing super-food. It's rich in antioxidants and can help you maintain a healthy weight. Most places will add some muesli to their acai bowls, so they make for a great mid-morning snack. And my favorite part is the awesome Instagram pic you can share!

There we have it, some easy ways for you to reward yourself after exercise. I would love to know what you guys do to lift yourselves after a workout, let me know in the comments!

Steph x.

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  1. These are all great ideas :) I really want to try an acai bowl!

    1. Thank you! Acai bowls so so good, you definitely need to try one soon.
      Steph x.

  2. Anything with brunch is always good haha! I always love making smoothies after working out too, I don't do it too often but when I do I always make a smoothie haha
    Kathy x

    1. Brunch is the best! I'm glad you like having smoothies too, they're just so refreshing afterwards : )
      Steph x.

  3. Absolutely love this list. But most times (like you said at the beginning) I usually already feel so rewarded after a workout. It's just the feeling of knowing I took an actual step of being good to my body, there's nothing quite like it! Post-workout treats are still great though, a brunch with a friend sounds perfect haha.
    I'm completely in love with your blog, it's so inspiring! I'd love if we can follow each other maybe? Do let me know! <3 Have a good weekend.

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

    1. That's exactly right, doing it for your health and body just makes it so worth while. It really is it's own reward. I live for food and brunch makes me so happy lol
      Aw, thank you so much! Your blog looks awesome, gave you a follow : )
      Steph x.