My Fitness Journey: The Start.

Last week I realised that I haven’t properly worked out in over a year. I do my best to maintain an active lifestyle in terms of walking a lot of going on hikes and such, but I have recently been lacking in the proper exercise department. I’ve noticed some small changes in my body in terms of weight gain but nothing major. I do however think that the lack of exercise has had some impact on my mental health. I think I’ve become more lazy in a lot of aspects in my life, which I think is partly due to being physically lazy.

I’ve been craving exercise recently but have been daunted in starting a fitness journey. I used to be very fit but I feel like I’m starting back at square one, which is a bit scary. It’s quite hard to only be able to run for 10 minutes now when I used to be able to do it for 50 minutes. I want to get back to the fit self I used to be, and I’m starting now. I’m planning on doing updates on here every other week, letting you know how it is going, the progress I’ve made and also the mistakes I will undoubtedly make. I hope you find it interesting, and maybe we can go through it together.

My goal is not necessarily weight loss but to just feel better overall, physically and mentally. I’m not changing my diet in any way; I am happy with the way I eat and I think that I eat in a healthy balanced way. I’m not focussing on the numbers whatsoever; I don’t even own a scale so I can’t tell you what my current weight is.

I’ve decided to start working out again in a variety of ways. I would love to join a gym but at the moment I am unemployed and living in London, meaning that I’m trying to save any money I can. So for now, I’m going to be sticking to free exercise options. There’s three main ways in which I plan to lead a more active lifestyle:

  1. Morning stretches (every morning): I want to get in the habit of taking a few minutes each morning to stretch properly. This includes some yoga moves for my back and general leg and arm stretches. Not only does this wake me up but it’s also a great way to activate the body and stay limber.
  2. Abdominal exercises/squats (5x a week): There’s many quick exercises you can do to tone different areas of your body. For the moment I’m focussing on my abdominal muscles and leg muscles through doing different ab workouts as well as squats. I’ve been doing these when I need a break from work: you can do a quick ab routine in under 10 minutes and so it’s a great way to get some quick exercise in. I’m currently doing crunches, heel taps, leg raises, planking and sit ups.
  3. Workout video (3/4x a week): For the main bulk of my exercise routine I’ve decided to do workout videos. In the past I have always loved doing gym classes so following a workout video is a great alternative to that. I like to do dance workouts (such as zumba) as well as yoga and pilates. All the videos I follow are from YouTube and they’re usually around 30 minutes long. Once I’ve found some that I really like I’ll definitely share them with you.

Let me know if you have any tips for starting a fitness journey; any advice would be useful!

Hoije ❤

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    1. Haha yeah you’re probably right!! Oh I’ve heard boxing is a really good workout, definitely want to try that out. And Zumba is my favourite!! Thank you for your comment ☺️☺️

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  1. Dont be to strict with yourself, have small goals and then set new goals. These keep you motivated everytime you reach it! im cheering for you 😀 My page is http://www.miafauske.com if you want some tips. I just started a blog, so i can share my tips, foodies and workouts to others who wants to start with fitness 😀

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  2. Good luck with your journey! My advice is stick at it and you will see the results! Once you have seen them you will just carry on from there! I have recently started a blog and have posted about my gym motivation which might help you! 😊 good luck! You can do it!

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    1. Thank you for your comment; so sorry it has taken me so long to reply! And I totally agree; the first few weeks were hard for me because I didn’t see results right away. But as soon as I saw physical changes (and noticed mental changes), it became easier to keep going! ❤

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  3. Hiking and walking is still movement and it is great that you have self motivation to know when you need to get back into fitness again, well done! I agree with you that fitness is great for our mental health and the benefits are long term. Have you thought of doing some Yoga in the morning? I do Yoga in the morning and it sets me up for the day, I feel energized but also, oddly relaxed. Good luck on your fitness journey. Lee.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Lee, and sorry for my very late reply (over a month late is pretty shameful, oops!). And yes; I incorporate some yoga into my morning stretches and really feel the benefit of doing this. Yoga is general is so amazing! All the best 🙂

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  4. My tip is set realistic goals and be flexible, adjust your goals as necessary because every one of us is different. Doesn’t really matter when you will reach your goal 6 months – 1 year or even more as long as you look always in that direction what is your dream is just behind the corner.

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  5. I like how humble you are. Most people are extremely proud when it comes to fitness. They only advice I can give you is to have fun and keep it simple. Do exercises that you find interesting or try a new sport like rock climbing or boxing. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much for you kind comment! 🙂 I’m definitely going to follow your advice of keeping it fun; I never watch working out to feel like a chore. I’ve been wanting to try out rock climbing a try recently so I might give that a go. Wishing you the best week!

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