Don't worry, you're not the only one. It can be pretty scary starting your fitness journey, or even getting back into one, but rest assured, you're not alone. The hardest part is taking the first step, so here are my thoughts on the little excuses in your head.
1. I don't have time.
You don't need to spend hours and hours of your life dedicated to sweating it out in a gym to make a differece to your fitness. With the right kind of training, even 20 minutes a day could make a massive difference, and I can show you some simple workouts you can do at home - you can even do them in front of the TV while you're watching your favourite TV programme!
2. I need to get fit first.
Er hello? What am I here for? I specialise in tailoring worko...
Change is good. Well at least that’s the mantra I live by. And it’s also good to change up your fitness routine regularly to ensure you are really challenging and getting the most out of your body.
Do you find that you always do the same thing every time you exercise? Perhaps it’s easy to do what you know, or you go into autopilot as you don’t really enjoy training? Or perhaps you actually really love what you do which is why you keep doing it day after day, week after week… but do you really get results that way?
I’m a fair believer in the 6 weeks rule. What I mean is, that to really see results and get the best out of your training, you need to change up your exercise routine every six weeks. This could be increasing the intensi...
So a little while ago, my husband, Tom, bought himself some snazzy new turquoise and yellow New Balance trainers. As regular runners of the weekly 5k Poole parkrun, on first use he noticed he'd shaved about 90 seconds off his PB. "They're MAGIC shoes!" He said, and I kind of believed him, and for the first time ever, I was jealous of my husband's shoes.
Yes, that's right, my unstylish not-so-fashion conscious husband (sorry honey but it's true) had prettier shoes than me!
Determined to get some pretty 'magic' shoes of my own, I dragged Tom along to Sports Direct. Now I've always known I have low arches, years of blisters and sore knees have taught me that, and my trusty gait-analysis prescribed £100 Saucony runners have been good...
What do you think of when you imagine a gym? Treadmills? Exercise bikes? Heavy weights with sweaty men grunting as they try to lift them? The fear when you try a new machine and you have no idea how to use it? (or what it’s even meant to do!)
It doesn’t really appeal to me either. And I believe you don’t need a gym to get in shape. All you need is a bit of space and your mobile phone and you can take your fitness to the next level.
Here are a few workouts to try at home or in the park, just use your phone to keep time and off you go: