First things first…
I am not trying to lose weight. Just trying to get some muscle definition damn it!!!
But if you are trying to lose weight it really is simple: Eat less, exercise more. What you should be eating and when is a completely separate and complex topic, which is very important if you are going to be taking up a new exercise regime.
But where to start my little chum? If you are struggling to get the motivation to get up and moving here’s what helped me (apart from the fact I want to get killer legs).
1. Buy yourself some new clothes.
I love my tight Nike running trousers. They hold in all my jiggly bits when I run as my bum has it’s own momentum. They are breathable and airy so when you get hot and sweaty you don’t have a gross wet patch in your crotch area, ALSO stick to black and this won’t happen.
It’s comfortable and tight fitting so you can move around in whatever kind of sport you do and not get your trousers in the way and trip and fall. For tops, just wear something new that you feel comfortable in that is breathable, it’s much better for your skin dahhling.
You will feel better in new appropriate clothes rather than the old mouldy rags you’ve been hoarding over the years that has been demoted to gym wear. In new good fitting clothes you will feel better about going to exercise in public.
It will also be a waste of money if you don’t use them so then you will feel you have to.
2. Buy appropriate footwear that fit your feet properly
Important thing is, if your trainers are too small for you you will be doing damage to your knees and feet. You need to have quite a lot of space at the front where your toes are. Depending on what sport you do the most, there are different styles of trainers that work best for that particular sport. If you do running and aerobics like me, this is a good article that outlines what type of trainers you should get depending on how often you do each sport.
Once you have the right footwear, you will prevent yourself from causing any pain or injury when you start to exercise. And you will feel all bouncy! Go to a sports shop like Sweat Shop where they check your running style for free and tell you what trainers are best for you.
3. Choose a gym based on convenience, not price
No point in going to a gym that is far away and hard to get to just because it’s cheaper because you won’t go. ALWAYS go on convenience factor, get me?
I have a long winded way getting to work and back. I have to walk 20 minutes to the station in town, and then get the train to work. There aren’t any gyms on that journey or near my house. Booo. There is however a gym near my work. Gooood. So that means I go to the gym before, after or…during work (that still hasn’t happened). If only it was the law that offices had to provide gym spaces…that should be the law damn it!
4. What if you can’t afford the gym?
If you can’t afford the gym you will have to just man up and exercise outside. That is, if you feel like you really want to make a change – you will exercise whatever the weather. You will make time for it. Get up earlier, or take time out from your evening in front of the T.V. Otherwise nothing will happen, and that’s a fact boys and girls!
If you are scared to run outside in the dark/cold/rain/snow… buy a nice warm breathable jacket and a hat/ear muffs so you don’t get an earache. If it’s dark, stay on well lit roads (and wear a light on your head…if you are that scared of the dark). Join a running club if you really have to! You might even make some new friends along the way…running friends…how lovely.
OR buy a fitness DVD if you have space in front of your television to exercise OR put your favourite songs on and dance in your living room, do some classic aerobic moves e.g. jumping jacks, burpees etc. then follow it up with some strength training e.g. lunges, squats, press ups, crunches…OR just buy a skipping rope. Do at least 20 minutes of exercise each session.
5. Have a good playlist
If you’re going to be outside running or in the gym get a good playlist on the gwan. I like not being able to hear myself get out of breath, and it makes it less boring. If you’re out and about, don’t have it too loud in case you don’t hear a car and get run over…
Listening to upbeat music you like will really get your mood up – Drum n’ bass and garage are my go to music
6. Try and mix it up
Try and find a sport that you like whether it’s netball, tennis, football, swimming, kickboxing – whatever, just try and find a sport you enjoy doing and wouldn’t mind going to on a weekly basis. Mix it up with the gym, or a gym class, walking/jogging, and you will be giving your body a great workout all over AND you won’t get bored of exercise so easily.
I have found myself getting bored of the gym so I have gone jogging outside on some mornings before work (which is completely different to running on a treadmill), and then done weights at the gym on different days. The other night I went to a circuits class with a friend. Much more fun.
7. Have a countdown to the summer/holiday/charity run
Results don’t just happen overnight so if you really want that sexy summer bodaaay you will have to start now I’m afraid! British summer weather pretty much starts in May – about 7 weeks away, so I give that enough time to make a change without killing yourself closer to the time and being fed up with not getting any results. Enroll yourself in some charity runs so you have another reason to get up and train.
Get a big calendar printed off and count down the days you have to reach the GOAL!
8. Have pictures of the HEALTHY bodies you aspire to
Now without looking like a lesbian (all good if you are), print out pictures of the bodies you aspire to.
I’m talking about healthy, lean bodies, not skeletal bag of bones bodies. Put it on the naughty cupboard in the kitchen to ward off temptation, or in your room to give you that motivation to wake up early in the morning.
Follow fitness blogs or people on Instagram and just let the fitness vibes flow. These are some Instagramers I like to follow (some have their blogs on their profile info):
@fightforfit, @ladyfit, @fitisthenewsexy, @fitness_rich, @itsfitleslie, @aurora_fitness
So yeeeeeah, just try this out for now and see what happens, good luck!
(All pictures taken from Fight for Fit Tumblr)