It’s around this time of year that everyone gets back to fitness! New Years resolutions pushes people back to the gym and into wanting a healthy lifestyle! I began my fitness journey in September but this wasn’t the first time I hit the gym.
Anyone who knows me knows I was crap at and hated PE. I was always the last to finish on the track and had bad hand eye coordination. You name it I couldn’t do it. I then signed up for DofE in my last few years of school and I had to up my fitness game so I joined Teen Gym going once a week until I went to college where I got a proper membership and went once a week. I quit soon after this but then Rejoined another gym when I started my first job – paid the fee up front and then went about 10 times in a year: I pledged never to get a membership again but hey here we are.
In September, I had finished my therapy and was looking into something to do on my days off and decided to go back to the gym but really wanted to take it seriously this time. Before I joined, I had been eating badly, getting stressed and just generally feeling unhappy in my body. I didn’t like the way certain parts looked but I also didn’t like that I didn’t have much energy throughout the day and was always tired. I got 6 start up sessions at my gym as well as a trial PT session which really got me motivated and knowing I was doing the right thing.
I’ve been going to the gym for nearly 5/6 months now and I absolutely love it! I’ve been going three times a week and even more when I have a week off. I’ve also tried yoga as well.
A few people have said they wished they had motivation to get to the gym so here a few of my hints and tips to get you on the right track.
working on myself for myself – the second you decide to workout for the validation of others you are setting up for failure. I’ve done this before but don’t start working out because of things someone else says or makes you feel. Also don’t do it because you want to look like someone else as you will be demotivated when you realise you cannot get to the same place they are.
have a goal – having a goal is very effective. It is something to work towards and something to be accountable too. It could be as simple as going to the gym twice a week or something like feel good naked. They are personal goals and don’t need to be shared with anyone else but they are great to keep you on track. You can then remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing.
forget the scales – at the gym I have been trying to tone up my body. This at the beginning involves loosing a little weight but soon enough you will start to put on muscle – this weighs more than fat and will make you heavier on the scales. Looking at the number could be demoralising but you are actually setting out and achieving what you intended too. Instead focus on how you feel and how you look. I look healthier, more toned and feel fitter but I have put on about 5 pounds since I joined the gym.
Get a PT if you can afford it – I know this isn’t an option for everyone but I have found PT sessions so helpful. I do 30 min sessions which cost about £20 and I find these HIIT workouts to be more efficient than a whole hours workout. Having someone there to show you new excersizes but also to push you to keep going really helped me and made me workout harder.
Don’t give up just make an alteration – for most workout moves there are a few variations you can do depending on your ability. Just because you can’t do the hardest one there is still others you can do. For example in one PT sessions I was asked to do push ups which I really struggle with, I tried a few and found it really hard so we added in a box for me to do them from and found this so much easier but it was still hard enough to work all the right muscles. Perseverance is key!
Get cute workout gear – now I know what your thinking this isn’t essential but it really does help you feel empowered when it looks and you feel like you know what your doing. I have a nice set from adidas which I love and also USAPro have some great outfits.
What are your top workout tips and what’s your fave way to workout – let me know in the comments below.
Until Next Time,
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