Posts tagged exercise
The 10 Most Effective Ways to Add Exercise to Your Life

Little things make a big difference - sometimes all you need is one thought to make a lasting change. Like “I’m not going to buy my morning Starbucks anymore”, or “I’m going to start planning my outfit the night before to save myself time.” Or, “I’m going to start exercising.”

You and I both know how great exercising is. The benefits are endless and can be unique to each of us. Plus, we don’t even need to leave the house to do a workout anymore - there are hundreds in front of us at the click of a button. But if it were that easy, we’d all be doing it already wouldn't we?

Making the decision to exercise more is easy. Making it a habit is the part that’s difficult. 

When I wanted to add fitness into my life over two years ago now, I really struggled. I hadn’t really exercised before and didn’t know where to even begin. But I also knew that I didn’t have any excuses. 

I know quite a few people in my life and online who are thinking about adding more exercise and intentionally movement to their life. So today I wanted to share from my experience how I made exercise a permanent part of my routine and how you can too.

#1 Visualise What It Can Do

Some people will tell you to look at inspiration online and that might work for them. But not for me. I like to visualise the results on my own body. 

Obviously if you’re five foot with a big bust and you look at an image of a six foot model with long limbs - that just isn't realistic. And that’s where the “fitspo” gets too much for me. Your results aren’t going to look like anyone else’s so you should visualise them through your own body.

And you will get results. Feel free to follow motivational health and fitness people on Instagram - their tips are a big inspiration to me. But when it comes to the results you want for your body, visualise them on your own.

#2 Set a Goal

We’re talking baby steps here. It’s no good saying your goal is to run a marathon when you’re just starting out. You could start off by saying your goal is to work out once a week. Then up to twice a week. Then keep upping it until you’re at a schedule you feel comfortable with.

Once you’ve started your workout, you’ll finish. It’s getting there that counts. This week I set myself a goal of completing my first 5-day exercise challenge. Because I set it as a goal, as I was creating my schedule for the week I dedicated time to exercising. This meant I was guaranteed to get it done. That’s how effective setting your self goals can be, and this can apply to all aspects of your life.

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A Little Story on Starting Your Fitness Journey

Something I’ve always wanted to talk about on this blog is fitness. So when I reached out on Twitter to see if this was something you’d like to see more of, your positive responses made this post happen.

One of the main things I want to do with this blog is inspire you through my own experiences. Since fitness is such a big part of my life, it made total sense to add this as a new category. And here we are!

We all have different reasons for starting a fitness journey. It’s only now I look back at my own that I’ve realised how passionate I’ve become about it and how much I’ve learnt. Whenever I have a conversation with someone about fitness, I find myself talking non-stop about things to do on your journey and what I’ve learnt.

For me, what essentially started out as a quest to trim off a bit of weight and feel better about my body has turned into a desire to feel good about myself and live a healthy, fulfilling life.

I’ve always been on the slim(ish) side of things, but I was never as slim as I wanted to be. I'm built in the way that I really need to watch what I eat. My brother is the complete opposite – he can eat anything and not put the fat anywhere. But if I ate rubbish five days a week, you’d be able to tell. When I was in school I always had a bit of extra “puppy fat”. Then when I got to my second year of university, I started to notice the puppy fat wasn't shifting. If anything, it was becoming even more defined.

Motivation has never been an issue for me. I don’t know why I didn't start exercising before I did. When I was younger I did a lot of walking and cycling – but not intentional exercise. Then at the start of 2013 when I was coming out of a dark place, I thought exercise might be able to help.

I was planning the launch of my blog that spring and that’s when I came across the first blog post I ever read – a review of the 30 Day Shred. I’ve never looked back.

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