I used to go to the gym 3 times a week which looking back wasn’t great but something is definitely better than nothing!
But I was stuck in a rut!
When they ask to introduce you say yes!
I never went upstairs and I never really explored the machines when I should have. Gyms always ask you if you want a walk through and actually you should take them up on that offer!
I should have walked round and learned about all the machines.
I also should have walked round and understood that I need more than a few exercises to see results!
Don’t get stuck in a rut
This is what Jon taught me. He said when you come to the gym there will always be a certain amount of people who are there all the time but you never see a difference in them.
This is because they don’t change up their routine enough. They get stuck in a fitness rut of comfortable exercise and can’t get out of it.
Now there is no harm in this. Maintaining your weight and fitness is important but unless they change up there routines and add different elements to it there body it going to stay the same.
I am a hundred percent guilty of this. I am definitely a creature of habit. I like the running, rowing and bikes. I may through in a different machine if I am feeling brave like the CrossFit or step machine but most of the time that it’s.
Plus I run home.
So my muscles are doing the same thing all the time which means although they are getting stronger and I mean a bit more toned I haven’t seen that much difference.
I didn’t want muscled arms so I stayed away from weights.
Now I want to introduce them into my routine. On Monday I did bicep curls and upped my weights each time. This will help work on my arms and bingo wings which I do need.
You need to do a bit of everything if you want to see improvements.
I am still working on a fitness plan that I can follow without being a slave to it!
Preparation is key
Pack your bag the night before! If I don’t do this I waste 5-10 minutes every morning when I could be at the gym. I have forgotten my locker key, towel (twice) shoes, you name it.
My skincare and shower bag now live permanently in my bag so I have to get them out on weekends.
When it’s hot it’s easy as I can just pack a dress! But as it’s a little cooler this week I have to focus on outfits.
If you are showering at home the. This doesn’t apply to you but I go straight to the gym then to work! Preparation is key to this and here is where I really need to listen to my own advice. I need to plan my outfits and check I have my towel with me!
I can’t give you any real fitness advice because I am just starting out and it would be wrong to do so! So if someone talks about your fitness at the gym listen to them. Ask for advice book a PT everyso often.
Keep it fresh!
Also you don’t want it to become boring! You need to challenge yourself! Up your game each time. But mostly you need to do this for the right reasons. You need to do this for you, not to get in your wedding dress, not to look Instagram ready.
Do it for you
I am doing it for me. The goal was my wedding but I want this to continue for my body to be a healthy happy place.