If you have read my previous post you will know I am taking a massive journey in the year 2020. However, before I embark on that journey I want to make sure that I am fit and healthy. In this post I will be discussing my current exercise routine and how I motivate myself to go to the gym.
Now I’ve never been a big fitness freak, though in the past year or so I have definitely upped my gym game. I think, rather than forcing yourself to love going to the gym, attempt to find the right workout that suits you. If you go to the gym with friends or family, don’t follow their routine if it doesn’t fit the type of workout you need. Everyone is different. I find it important to find a gym that is local and easily accessible. Whilst I was in University I never really ventured out of my comfort zone, walked straight to the girls only section did an hour or two of exercise and then left. Then went and ate some fast food. Not the healthiest.
Inspire yourself. Going to the gym I know, is difficult. Believe me it takes all off my effort and energy to pull myself from the comfort of my home and into the gym. Nonetheless, if you want a toned body like those you see plastered across social media you need to work for it. No changes will happen overnight or from one gym session. Focus on your goals and push yourself to complete them. If you have 5 minutes left out of 30 on the running machine, don’t quit PUSH yourself to do those last 5 minutes even if your legs feel like they’re running a million miles ahead off you. If you’re a newly gym goer and want to monitor your progress and strongly steer you away from the scales. Nothing good comes from staring at numbers. I prefer to take photos of myself weekly or monthly so I can visually see the change in my body.
I go to an Everlast Gym in my town and I must say I have always been impressed with facilities that the gym has to offer. Multiple classes are available to meet the needs of every individual. Personally, I don’t attend any classes as I find they don’t suit the type of workout I want PLUS they cost extra money and I simply don’t have the money right now 😦
- The first thing I do when I get into the gym is sit on the rowing machine as it gets your heart racing and ready for the rest of your workout. It also gives you a strong upper and lower-body workout. I do this for around 10 minutes, which allows me to wake up (if I’m doing an early morning workout) and get my body warmed up.
- Depending on whether I am focusing on me legs or arms I’ll head over to the machines and focus on a specific area. I usually try and use as many of the machines as I can and do 3 sets of 20 (10 on a bad day). This doesn’t change whether I’m doing my legs and or arms. However, I often adventure over to the free weights when I’m with my auntie (she give’s me the confidence with weights as she knows what she is doing) and do some weight training, starting with a smaller weight so I’m not doing any damage.
- Up next is the floor workout. I grab a mat and use a mixture of kettle bells, dumbbells and slam balls. Here I begin to do ab workout which usually consists off 3 sets of 15: sit ups, sitting twists, knee to elbow crunches, elbow plank and elbow plank crunches.
Now I try to mix up my workouts as often as I feel is needed so my workout doesn’t become boring and routine. I think this is very important as changing your workout can motivate and somewhat excite you for your next workout knowing it is something different to your usual routine.