thoughts on fitness

Oh dear – brace yourselves people. I bet you are already thinking ‘really? A fitness post?’ ‘Do I really want to listen to another person be all peppy about getting sweaty?’ Don’t worry that’s not what you are going to find here, instead I’m going to take an honest look into the world of fitness and how you can incorporate a little bit of exercise into a busy routine. Let’s be honest, it’s hard to make fitness a priority when drinks with friends is far more appealing but being able to take an hour out a week to raise your heart rate really does make the world of difference.

Over the years I’ve tried and tested numerous classes/apps/routines. You see if you get bored, move on, otherwise you simply won’t want to make the commitments. Kicking things off with a good old gym membership I gave RMP a go (spinning set to music) and then got adventurous by downloading the couch to 5k app. I’ve always been of the mentality that I can’t run, no matter what, so being able to complete this app was a massive achievement and I recommend it to anyone and everyone that wants to give a new challenge a go.

Since moving back to London time has become even more of a squeeze. My gym membership started to become ignored so last January I took the bull by the horns and signed up for a personal training session. This was a fab way to try out new equipment at the gym and gave me the motivation to exercise each week. I kept seeing my trainer once a week through till September where a new job and a spike in hours meant this too fell by the wayside.

I’ve struggle to get back into fitness since stopping personal training. Having a gym membership didn’t result in me actually going. I started to book Saturday morning spinning classes which worked for a brief period of time but again I just fell out of love with exercise. I needed something new, invigorating and that I had to book each time meaning there was no excuse not to go! As I’ve mentioned before I’ve been going to Psycle – a full body workout also set to music I am now onto my 14th class. Again, I go just once a week, but even that one hour has toned my legs, arms and helped me to get stronger.

When it comes to fitness you need to stick to whatever motivates you. A yoga class at home, a park workout with friends, making that commitment once a week helps keep that blood pumping around your body. It can be daunting to get back out there, no I can’t commit to three workouts a week but that also doesn’t mean I don’t want to try. It’s finding that balance that works with your daily routine whilst being able to still indulge in a spot of Friday night Netflix ;) Fitness can be tailored to you and ever since I’ve stopped putting pressure on myself to be perfect, I’ve finally found a routine I actually enjoy.