After sharing my new years resolutions with you a couple of weeks ago, I decided to give you a little surprise in the form of a fitness post. My main goal for 2016 was to get on track with my fitness again, becoming more muscular and lean as well as properly becoming vegan (although, food only). Since the beginning of my fitness instagram went well, it seemed fitting to start fitness blogging with a post based around getting started and tips for finding your own routine.. enjoy!
GET STARTEDNow the obvious step to some might be joining a gym, but it isn't a necessity to getting fit. There are hundreds of 'DIY' ways to such as running outside or joining a local bootcamp, normally run by personal trainers or ex-army men (who push you way harder than you'd think). I personally joined a gym because I wanted the stability of joining classes to learn some moves that I could take into my own stride, but I also enjoy running outside.
START OFF SMALL
Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is your stamina so slow it down at first and work into heavy routines. I made the mistake of jumping into long cardio sessions and heavy weights which ended up causing me to be in pain for days - rather than working up slowly to learn how much my poor little body can handle. I find it helpful to use fitness classes at the gym like tabata (weights and cardio), pilates or spinning. Any kind of class to really get you moving and sweaty!
- SET A ROUTINE -
Plan out when you've got time and what you can do. If you know you're always with friends on a Wednesday afternoon, or you're always exhausted by Sunday then find a way around it. Depending on personal preference and your fitness goals, planning different days for different body parts can also work. For example, Monday is leg day and Tuesday is arms. Routine is key to fitness.
- DONT GIVE UP-
So guilty of this one, but giving up is the worst thing to do. There are some evenings when I sit down and think "oh missing one day won't hurt, ill just work harder tomorrow", but missing one leads to two, three, four and so on until your handwork is lost. I often look to Womens Health magazine for inspiration and motivation, its such a good magazine that can motivate me instantly (and they have lots of healthy food recipes).
- IT TAKES TIME -
Working out every day for a week isn't going to give you killer abs, but working hard in the long term will. Fitness takes time and working hard means you'll start to see results yourself over a few weeks. I'm sure you've seen the quotes going round about body changes taking their time but keep going and I promise it will all be worth it.
So if fitness is your goal for 2016, get off your little butt and work hard. I'm hoping that by the summer there is a noticeable change and my body confidence is through the roof. Its lucky I've got a bikini competing best friend to push me and a gym addict room-mate thats lost two stone recently, who you definitely need to check out for some body inspiration.
- WHAT IM WEARING -
My entire outfit is from Boohoo and cost me under £20, minus the Nike trainers, which is amazing if you want budget gym gear thats high quality and not see-through (because theres nothing worse than seeing knickers with a squat). I've got a fairly big workout wardrobe so if you enjoy this post, then I'm sure you'll be seeing more of it over time and no doubt it will grow.