Around three years ago I started to take my health and fitness a lot more seriously. Why? Well, this may sound a little superficial, but Rob had just proposed and I found out pretty quickly that nothing motivates a girl to sort out her eating habits and get to the gym quite like the threat of fitting into a wedding dress.
But now that we’ve been married almost a year, have I fell out of that routine I worked so hard to build up? The answer is no and let me tell you why. I’ve never felt better. I have more energy, my skin has improved ten-fold and I get a real buzz off of the fact that I’m taking care of my body. These all sound like cliché statements, but they are true. I don’t have a dress to fit into or an event to prepare for, but having adopted a fitness routine that works for me I’m not about to give up all of the positives that come with it.
It took me a while to make fitness a part of my life – it’s not easy. So here are just a few of the tips I picked up along the way that have helped me to get into a fitness routine:
Get walking – You can make a substantial difference by incorporating more walking into your life and it’s one of the easiest changes to make. Rather than spending your lunch hour at your desk, go out for a walk. If you can, walk to work rather than drive and at the weekend, go exploring on foot. I’ve also got really into tracking my steps on my iPhone, which is useful for seeing how many steps you’ve managed to rack up in a day.
Find an activity you enjoy – This is really important. Exercise is supposed to be fun and forcing yourself to do something you don’t like is completely counter productive. Personally, I’m a runner. During the winter months, I use the treadmill in the gym and in the summer I run outside. But for many of my friends, the thought of going for a 10k run is their idea of hell. Experiment with different fitness options and you’ll soon find the one that’s best for you.
It doesn’t have to cost the earth – Don’t be fooled into thinking that getting fitter has to cost a fortune. There are ways to make it work regardless of your budget. If a gym membership proves too costly for you, try either going out for a run or investing in an at-home workout guide like Way of Gray, which is excellent. And as for gym gear, you can spend as much or as little as you like. If you don’t want to spend a fortune, both Gap and Marks & Spencer have excellent fitwear ranges and if you’re willing to rummage, TK Maxx also has some great deals, often on branded fitness clothing.
Make a plan and stick to it – We’re all busy. Especially when you’re working and blogging and trying to catch up with friends and keep the house in order. It’s a balancing act, or at least it is for me. Workouts can be the first thing to go when you’ve got too much on, so the way I get around it is I schedule them in. I have my workout days and unless I’m ill or there’s a real emergency, I stick to it. I also work out in the morning before work. Crazy? Maybe a little, but getting up an hour earlier to go to the gym or head out for a run means I have my evenings free. Plus, I feel like I’ve achieved something before the working day has started.
Create a playlist – I never exercise without my music. When I think I’ve hit my limit, a track will come on that seems to revitalise me. I swear it’s a form of magic. We all have different tastes in music and find different sounds motivational, so put together a list of songs that you think will keep you focused. Here’s a running playlist I made on Spotify, if any of you are in the need of some inspiration.
These five things help to keep me focused on my fitness routine. It takes time and if at first you can’t find something that works for you, keep trying. You will get there in the end, I promise!
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