I have honestly learned so much on my journey, fitness has become a massive part of my life, and I can’t believe how much I adore working out now. If you were to say to me 6 years ago, you would fall in love with fitness, I would have honestly laughed and said that you were talking rubbish and you’d never see me in workout gear in a million years. I’m going to talk to you about what I’ve learned, how I got into it, and tips that can help you to get into the fitness spirit!
So let’s take a look back at the person that I was before I started getting into fitness, and you might be a little bit shocked.
This was me, I was literally in absolute denial about what I was eating, whether I was healthy but also how much weight I had actually put on. When I saw this photo however, I knew that something had to change, I couldn’t stay like this, I was damaging my health, I was in a lot of pain when I was moving around doing day to day activities. So I was ready for a change, I knew that it wouldn’t be easy, it wouldn’t happen straight away, but I was ready for the long haul.
How Did I Do It?
I firstly started off with doing little workouts with my husband, and he gave me the biggest kick up my backside in the world, he was the best. We started off by doing a little boxing, this really helped with my depression because I was able to get out a lot of emotion by doing the workout. We would do drills in the garden, I mean in freezing cold weather, I would be absolutely freezing when I first got out there but once I started getting my backside moving I was all good.
Once I started doing that, I bought some quite cheap workout equipment, I got an exercise ball and some weights to increase my workouts, I started doing crunches, push ups, weighted squats, bicep curls, hammer curls and all things that I hadn’t done previously without it.
By this point, I had lost about a dress size, I’d also changed my eating habits too, but I hit the plateau, and I was at that point where I still couldn’t go out on my own, so going for a run wasn’t a brilliant option for me because it just wasn’t possible. So instead my fantastic husband bought me my own personal cross trainer and exercise bike. It’s a 2 in 1 and honesty it has helped me so much.
I’d do 500 calories of cardio, because it was my absolute favourite, and then I would get into yoga. Words can’t describe how much love I have for my yoga practice, more on that later. At first I really really struggled to even do a downward dog, or a forward fold because I couldn’t bend properly, I couldn’t even touch my knees I was that unfit. As I continued with my yoga practice, I worked on planks & side planks (total killer for your abs and literally all over your body) I moved up to doing a bow pose and lotus, and eventually as I gained confidence. I went ahead and did a few inversions.
This is my yoga practice over Christmas, I love being upside down, it’s such a beautiful place!
So How Far Have I Come?
I have officially lost 9 dress sizes, it has taken me over a year and a half but I’m getting there! I’m still working hard, and I’m trying to push myself to the max and I am not going to give up because my health and happiness matters and when it gets tough, I remind myself of this.
So You Want To Get Into Fitness?
I’m going to go through some incredible tips to help you to get into loving your fitness routine!
Try 30 minutes a day.
30 minutes a day is something that is easy to do and you can fit into your everyday life. If you continue with that consistency, you can show yourself that you can fit it into your daily life but you can build on it too!
Try to workout in the morning.
When you get home at night, you might have had a really stressful day, you’re shattered, the trains might have been late, or your bus had been cancelled, you got soaked because you forgot a coat and umbrella, all of these things can impact upon whether you exercise.
One thing that helped me was waking up a little earlier in the morning, I’d leave my workout clothes where I would see them first thing in the morning, I’d make sure that I had water bottles ready and I was ready to go. One top tip, prepare as much as you can the night before, clothes for work, shower products for when you come home, just be ready, that way you have no way to try and worm your way out of it.
Find a workout you enjoy.
When you want to workout you want to find something that you enjoy, I enjoy my cross trainer, and my exercise bike, but I also love my yoga because it is something that gets me in touch with all my muscles and gives me a fantastic workout.
When you don’t like it, it feels like a chore, and you don’t even want to workout, so find something you enjoy the most, because if you want to be able to continue with it, enjoying it is part of the journey.
There are lots of things that you can try so don’t give up!
Focus on progress.
When we’re working out, we put so much pressure on ourselves to make changes, and to see those changes instantly but remind yourself that it is about progress not being perfect. When I first started I spent my days saying that I wasn’t good enough at it to keep doing it. But then I reminded myself that I just need to do it, I need to get it done, it’s not about whether or not I’m good at it right now, the more I do it, the better I will get, I just need to keep going, not give up because my health deserves the best.
Focus on healthy living not fad diets
The last thing you need is fad diets, you’re a beautiful person, and you want to follow something that you can keep up with, not something that you will do for a while, then go back to the lifestyle you were living before you started straight after you’ve finished. It’s about consistency and it’s also about finding healthy happiness.
Healthy living is about balance, it isn’t about starving yourself of things that you want, if you want a cookie, have a cookie and enjoy every moment of it. Don’t starve yourself, your body needs food and it needs all of the food groups, including things like carbs, fats, proteins everything! It’s all about balance, you can do this, if you want this, then you can do this!
If you have any questions, then I am always more than happy to answer anything you might want to know about!