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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

10 easy ways to start a fitness routine even if you’ve never exercised before.

People are always surprised to hear that I’ve only been active for the last 5 years or so. I hated P.E in school and would rather be sat inside studying than be out on the hockey field in a sports skirt in the middle of December (I mean, who does that sound appealing to really?!) In my late teens and early twenties the only time I ever exercised was 2 weeks before a girls holiday, running for 45 minutes on a treadmill hoping for a miracle. And as soon as the holiday was over, the gym membership would be cancelled. So if you’re like me and you’ve never had a consistent or in fact any type of exercise regime, this is the easy way to get started.

Set achievable goals

it’s important to understand what you want to achieve from a fitness journey. Not just what the desired outcome is but why? Do you simply want to improve your long-term health to live a happier life or would you like to lose a few pounds to gain some confidence in that new dress? Focus on how you want to feel rather than how you want to look and I guarantee the aesthetic part will follow. It’s the positive feeling after finishing your workout that will keep you coming back, not a six pack. That sense of achievement is constant but Abs can disappear after two pieces of toast. 

Make small changes

 Making small changes to slowly becoming more active if you currently don’t exercise at all is the best way to start. These can be as small as increasing your steps by walking more every day, jogging slowly with intervals of walking in between or simply doing squats in the ad break whilst watching telly. Every little helps.

Improve your diet

Make sure that you have also made small changes in your diet otherwise all of your hard work in the gym will be slowed down by poor food choices. Small changes to begin with can be as simple as eating more fruit and veg, swapping your white carbs to brown to increase fibre intake, swapping fizzy drinks for water and cutting out your sugar in your tea. Research healthy recipes online and enjoy the process of learning how to nourish and understand your body and what foods you enjoy.

Invest in some workout equipment

 To build your confidence and master some moves, start working out at home. All you need is 2 dumbells, a yoga mat and a resistance band. Or you could start with some bodyweight routines with just a mat.

Utilise online resource for workout plans

Take advantage of the vast amount of resource out there on Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube to find beginners home workouts.

Try a new workout class

Once you feel more confident, I suggest finding a class that you enjoy. Fitness is supposed to be fun! For me it was circuit classes, for you it could be Zumba. As scary as it seems, once you make that first step I promise you everybody in those classes are going to be supportive and there will be plenty of people in a similar position to you. And believe me when I say NOBODY IS LOOKING AT YOU.

Document your progress

 Take progress pictures throughout your journey, I personally don’t use scales because I don’t think it shows a true picture of how you feel and your performance. Having progress pictures will give you the motivation to keep going when you see progress.

Network with others

Classes are a great way to meet like-minded people who can offer advice and support. Similarly, there are so many social media outlets now that let you connect with people who are on their own fitness journey. Don’t be afraid to reach out, make friends and take inspiration from others and follow their workouts. You could even start your own fitness Instagram to hold yourself accountable.

Brave the gym

Once you’ve gained your confidence through home workouts and classes, why not try the gym? The gym isn’t for everyone and I relied on home workouts and classes for a good 6 months before even attempting the weights section. But once I made that step, the fear disappeared. You’ll find that you have gained so much knowledge of correct form and exercises that work for you that it will easily translate into a gym routine. And if you’re not sure, ask someone who works there or take a friend with you. 

Have fun and be yourself

 Above all, a fitness journey should be exciting. It’s a positive change in your life that can influence so many different aspects like your relationships, your mental health and even your career. It can give you confidence in your abilities and a better understanding of what you want in life. But only do what feels right to you, don’t take classes you hate because you know that they burn 1000 calories, don’t run 5 miles if it bores you. Enjoy the journey and always look to change up your routine so you don’t get bored.

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