If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed I’ve recently been uploading screenshots of my fitness progress. I want to stress that I’m not a fitness guru or expert; I’m just one girl restarting her fitness journey.
I have had a hard week – as I imagine many of us have. There’s been tears shed and levels of stress I didn’t even think I could reach. Working out at the gym has definitely helped keep my mental health in check for the most part. I’ve been on and off with my fitness journey for a few years. There’s been plenty of occasions where I’ve worked out for a few months, then given up because I thought ‘I didn’t have the time’ or general laziness. I thought I’d give a few beginners tips/thoughts on how to get yourself back into a good, manageable fitness routine.
Make the Time
Do you know how often I told myself ‘I don’t have time to work out’ and ended up not going to the gym or doing a home practice? Me neither because I lost count. That mentality and lie that I told myself got me nowhere. My mental health slipped to the lowest its been in a long time a couple of months back and that’s when I knew I had to change my attitude. I had to look after my body again. I was beating myself up all the time for not being good enough, or for having a little chub (perfectly fine by the way) and I really had no love for myself at all. That’s when I realised I had to start working out again because that was the only time I finally felt at peace with myself.
So, I started making the time to work out. Now I know that three times a week is not going to work for everyone… But that’s the beauty of it, you work out how ever often you can manage and give it your all. If you go to the gym, lift one weight then pack it in cause you feel tired then you have not used your time wisely. Find what works for you, if that doesn’t even remotely involve the gym, try some of the classes on offer at a local gym or do home workouts. Don’t give up because you don’t master something straight away, that’s the whole point of being a beginner!
Don’t be fooled, home workouts are the more difficult option because you’re in the house looking at the sofa and thinking I should be chilling out now. But at the same time, you’re proving to yourself that you want a better fitness routine, or you want a better physique. You know whatever floats your boat you can achieve in the gym or at home so long as you put the effort in! Another thought you might have is that home workouts are going to cost you a whole lot of money for new equipment… And you’d be wrong. There are so many fantastic fitness experts on YouTube at your disposal giving free workouts without any equipment required!
Home workouts are definitely the better option for someone who might not feel comfortable enough to head into a gym and be surrounded by complete strangers. The beauty of home workouts is that you can workout in the place you’re most comfortable in and there’s no chance of embarrassing yourself! It’s a win-win situation. If you’d like to try out some home workouts head over to Blogilates YouTube for some extra fun workouts, or if you prefer something a little more serious then go to FitnessBlender. Both channels are equally as fantastic with videos to suit all fitness levels.
The Healing Power of Yoga
I recently completed a 45 minute YouTube yoga practice and knew that I absolutely had to spread the word about about it. I’m a beginner at it most definitely; some of those shapes I can currently not make with my body. But you know what’s amazing about it? It’s that at this moment in time I feel completely free from any stress or upset I’ve been harbouring. I previously mentioned it’s been a hard week and I strongly believe that the two days of yoga practice I missed were detrimental to my overall well-being.
If you’re wondering where I practice yoga, I actually do it at home with a lil help from YouTube. I have to give credit to Adriene for her incredible yoga videos because they really have changed me. People are always saying about how yoga changes their life and brings them peace and they aren’t being dramatic. Let me tell you, it really does feel like it changes everything because no matter what headspace you’re in, the moment you start practice all that bad energy slips away. Your mind goes blank – in a good way – and there’s a beautiful feeling of relaxation and relief.
I urge anyone to try a twenty minute Yoga Practice, even if it’s only once to see what it feels like. If you don’t like it it, don’t go back to it and try something else. Head over to Adriene’s channel – Yoga with Adriene – and try her twenty minute bedtime yoga practice. You could end up asleep on your mat by the end of it – seriously, it’s that relaxing.
This has been a super long post – I got all excited about working out then I couldn’t control my typing… oops? The last point I want to make is to be kind to yourself and your body and don’t rush things. The second you start rushing workouts you begin to dislike them and potentially injure yourself. The truth is you will not be an expert over night as it takes many years of practice, but don’t give up because one move doesn’t look like it does on a YouTube vid. It’s not the end of the world and you’ll get there in the end. Eat well and drink plenty of water, too!
DISCLAIMER: I would just like to repeat the fact I am NOT a fitness guru. All advice or suggestion given in this post is from personal experience and may not work for everyone.
Until next time,