I have never been a sporty person. My worst nightmare when I was younger, was having to be Sporty Spice when playing The Spice Girls. I was always more of a Baby/Posh Spice kinda girl. I hated P.E and was quite happy to leave it behind when I left school. However, gone are the days where I can eat two mars bars for lunch and it have no effect on my body. I learnt this last year, and decided that I had to start eating healthy and working out.
Truth be told ( I always think of Ness from Gavin and Stacey whenever I say that) I have been working out on and off for the past four years. I have always been a slave to The 30 Day Shred every summer, and have even joined gyms for a few months at a time. I have found that I actually quite like working out, though I have to admit that the 30 Day Shred does make me want to punch Jillian Micheal’s in the face. Repeatedly. Recently, I have been on a bit of a health kick. I was fed up of moaning about my thighs and decided I wanted to do something about it. I now have the time to go the gym and I decided I wanted to start eating healthier. I used to think that eating healthier, was just eating salad for every meal. Oh no. I’ve been looking at different things to eat, and I have to say I feel a 100x better after a couple of months of eating better. Whilst I still have days where I will eat McDonalds, or raid my Christmas chocolate collection, I eat a lot healthier than I used to. Gone are the days of crisps, sandwiches and chocolate. I might do a healthy eating post if that’s something you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments or tweet me if you are interested 🙂
Anyways, today I’m talking about working out. I know that not everyone can afford the gym and they are pretty pricey. The only reason I’ve joined, is that it’s a way to get out of the house. Now that I am working from home I have found that sometimes I get lonely, and escaping to the gym gives me a distraction. At the gym, my workout consists of about 15/20 minutes cardio (I also do cardio when I walk Frankie every day, which is a 3km route that I tend to power walk round) at the gym, I usually use the cross trainer for cardio as I enjoy that and sometimes the bike. Then I will get to work with the free weights. I do a series of exercises with weights including squats, lunges, triceps dips, planking (god I hate planks) sit ups, Russian twists, dumbbell side twists and much more. I also use the gym weight machines, I like the chest press for working my arms and the leg press.
It’s taken me a while to work up my confidence at the gym. At first, I was scared that everyone would be looking at me thinking ‘ she’s doing that wrong’ or ‘look at how sweaty she is.’ I’ve realised that people are more concerned about their own workout than looking at you, and what’s the point in going to the gym if you don’t sweat? It is just fat crying after all. I made myself be brave and have an induction, so I knew how to use the machines. It was a pretty awkward hour of having to show I knew how to use the machines properly and I did realise afterwards that my gym leggings were giving me a camel toe. Brilliant. But at least I know how to work them without hurting myself. I always feel so much better after going to the gym, even though, I find it hard some days to drag my arse out of bed.
I know that the gym isn’t for everyone, and some days where I either don’t want to go or are having a rest day from the gym, I’ll turn to YouTube instead. You really don’t need to spend much to get fit and these YouTubers are who I turn to when I want to workout from home…
- Carly Rowena – Litreally the loveliest person ever, really useful tutorials which are easily explained. Carly also does healthy eating videos, which I’ve found a lot of inspiration from too.
- Blogilates– These workouts will make you ache for days on end.
- XHIT Daily– I love the Victoria’s Secret model workouts, they’re really good and show you some different moves.
Of course The 30 Day Shred is blimming good too and really does work. Just pop on a pair of headphones whilst you’re doing it, or you will go mad. Talking of headphones, music helps me massively when I’m working out. I create playlists on Spotify and blast them to be motivated. You can find me on Spotify to have a peek if you like, my username is Dizzybrunette3.
Vest: Jack Wills
Sports: Bra: Missguided
Leggings : Missguided
Finding the right clothes to work out in, has also taken me a little while to find what’s best for me. I didn’t want to spend too much as I was already forking out for the membership. So my favourite places to buy stuff are Sports Direct (so cheap) and recently launched Missguided Active. Who have fashionable pieces which don’t cost the earth too. I tend to go for darker pieces, and throw in some bright colours such as pink to match my trainers. I like to be comfortable and I’m happy with my gym gear at the moment. I do want to get some different trainers soon, I’m thinking about some Nike Free Runs but I’ll cross that bridge in a little while.
I’ve been trying hard to keep on the healthy wagon, and I’ve been going to the gym 3 times a week, is this a good amount to go? Or do I need to go more? I can’t work out when I’m supposed to have rest days haha. Whilst I feel that my thighs are slightly smaller, I feel better in myself so I’m going to keep going, and let’s hope that by summer, I’ll be bikini confident. I think because I’m not putting myself under pressure, I can do it gradually and enjoy getting fit instead of stressing that I have to fit into holiday clothes! So you tell me, what’s your favourite ways to get fit? Do you have any inspiration of how to be motivated, or what’s your favourite move? Let me know down below, as I’m new to this whole thing but I’ll keep you updated on my progress 🙂