Learning to love fitness
Personally, I am not a fan of the gym. I struggle to motivate myself to go alone and find the whole thing quite daunting. The amount of people, the atmosphere, the equipment, ahhh.
But I LOVE the feeling after a workout! The spring in your step, ‘I can take on the world’ euphoric vibe your body radiates afterwards.
So I found a variety of working out styles that I love which do not involve going to a gym, thank God. They are also a good way to build up your fitness level and switch your routine up.
Swimming is my go to, it’s not as gruelling, is gentle on your joints and I love water. However the hassle of getting changed, being cold and drying my ridiculously thick, giant hair makes it not a regular occurrence.
I’m also not a good runner, at all. Picture Phoebe from Friends. So one day turned to Youtube for some inspiration and couldn’t believe the amount of fitness tutorials and workouts you can do for free!
A way to seriously boost and switch up your cardio. I am a big fan of HIIT (high intensity interval training) you can do this anywhere, your living room, bedroom, garden, local park, you name it. And it burns fat fast. Consisting of short bursts of high energy movements followed by a short recovery. This shortens your workout time drastically. Getting it over and done with. Can I get a hell yeaaa.
Pilates with a twist
Have you heard of Blogilates? If not thank me later. Cassey is an amazing fitness instructor who provides FREE workout calenders with fun, high energy videos to follow. I have followed her for the past five years, and can honestly say her videos make such a difference to my body. These are great for raining days and home fitness, check them out, they are KILLER. and all free.
I stumbled across Barre fitness videos on Youtube, and fell in love. You can attend classes but they all seem to be in London and a tad pricey. It’s dance/ballet inspired and works your whole body, improving posture, strengthening your core and toning your legs. You can also do this at home replacing the Bar with a high backed chair.
It’s very important your posture and form is correct whilst working out so you don’t do any damage, classes ensure this and are a good way to get motivated. Aerobics, Body Attack and Body Combat all involve loud music and realising how bad you are at keeping rhythm! Hilarious and hard work which makes time fly, always a bonus.
I have taken part in Yoga classes but find it more comfortable and relaxing at home. It’s a great way to improve flexibility and strengthen your muscles. A perfect way to end your day and stretch out your muscles after a workout.
I hope this has inspired you to try something new, let me know your favourite workouts!