Hello hello! I feel like I haven’t posted anything in far too long, and after a rather tough session in the gym yesterday I thought I would write a post about how to get back in to fitness.
I am really shocked about how bad my fitness is after only a month away from doing anything! My first session back in the gym was a tough one, I went to my trainer, Frank, who works me seriously hard for an hour doing boxing, kickboxing, martial arts, weapon training and even more. After about 10 punches and kicks I was exhausted, which is definitely not usual for me. Exercising when you haven’t for a while is really not enjoyable, it completely knocked my confidence as I am usually a very fit person who trains everyday if not twice.
However after the session I walked away with far more determination to get really fit again, and actually really excited to start afresh.
I am known for overdoing it with exercising, resulting in injuries and then carrying on because I hate giving up. This time though, I’m taking a different approach. Here is what I am planing on doing, and hopefully these tips will help you get back into your fitness routine, and also have a sensible and balanced routine:
1. Take it slowly – As I have already said, I often overdo it in the gym, this time is different, I am going to take things slower and let my body adapt to the training load without injuring it and stressing it out.
2. Change it up – Instead of doing the same thing when I go to the gym, I am going to mix things up. This way your body gets a shock when you exercise and has to keep adapting, this also helps to burn more calories, build different muscles and prevent overusing the same muscles. For example do yoga one day, boxing the next, sprints, pilates, get on the bike, cross trainer, weights etc etc.
3. Stretch more – I am SO bad at remembering to stretch properly. I always stretch before and after a session, but not as long as I should do. I learnt at bootcamp in January that you should hold every stretch for two minutes for it to be beneficial, and that you need to be doing different types of stretches, for example: dynamic, static and PNF.
4. Have a day off! – You NEED a day off for your muscles to recover. It is just so important to let your body recover, otherwise it will stress and also you will find it hard to keep going, meaning your workouts won’t be as sufficient or beneficial.
5. Eat well – If your target is to loose weight and tone up, you absolutely need to be eating right, with loosing weight and toning up it is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. There is no point exercising and then stuffing your face with chocolate and bread. Equally you cannot expect your body to be working out on no food, you can’t drive a car without petrol so don’t work your body without fuel either.
I am going to stick with these five tips and targets for now and see how it goes. I hope these help you, and if you need any more help, please feel free to comment below with questions and I will do my best to answer!
Have a great rest of the weekend, and get ready to start your week the right way!
Bye for now