Monday, 27 July 2015

5 Fitness Tips for Beginners

Hello My Loves





Fitness seems to be such a bit part of life now.  I remember years ago, before I immigrated to France no one in my home city seemed to do any form of exercise apart from maybe the odd walk here and there.   But when I came back home after being abroad for a few years, the pavements of both the city and countryside were full every evening of people running and power-walking.  It is really great to see how health conscious Ireland has become.

The thing about fitness is, that it can be hard to get started.   There is a total overload of what to do, what to wear when you do it, and ripped bodies all over Instagram and blogs.  But once you get started, you begin to love it and it can be hard to stop! Endorphin's are released when we exercise and those fabulous hormones make us feel so good and positive after a workout.  I know if I miss one of my scheduled days for exercising I feel a bit cranky and disappointed.  My body craves the activity.

It can be hard to get started in fitness.  Gyms can be very intimidating places. I have been a weekly gym goer for well over a year now and I still find new gyms intimidating if I am travelling and using a new one.  Imagine how intimidating the weights section is for a 5 footer like me! All big men grunting and lifting huge weights.  It seems like a foreign country where I do not speak the language!

Over my fitness journey I have picked up some tips which I think you will find useful;

1. Get a Personal Trainer



I know they can be expensive, but they are worth every penny. Whether it is lack of motivation or you wanting to target specific body areas, these are the experts.  They have the education, knowledge and experience to help you achieve your fitness goals.
A year and a half later, I am still with my trainer.  He has developed my fitness in ways I did not know possible and I love my hour training with him, as its my time for me.

2. Join a Ladies Only Gym

I know these are popular in Ireland, but I am not sure about other countries. Women as I said earlier, can find gym's intimidating (yes men can too also!). If you know nothing about fitness, everyone else there seems to know so much more and have ripped bodies, while you feel like a plod in your old shorts and t shirt. I know, I have been there.  Women can feel self conscious doing exercises with other men in the vicinity. I know I used to die a little inside when I had to squat in front of my trainer at the start with the embarrassment.  Women only gyms are there to take away a lot of that anxiety.

3. Find an Activity you Enjoy

If you liked tennis as a child, try having a game and see if the love of the sport comes back to you.  If you like dancing at clubs then try some Zumba.  If you are into zen and calm, perhaps Pilates or Yoga is for you.  Try a few different classes until you find something you enjoy.  When you enjoy the activity, it takes the pain out of working out. When you love something, you look forward to doing it rather than dreading it.

4. Work Out at Your Own Pace

Exercise at your own speed.  Don't compare yourself to your friend who started getting fit the same time as you but seems to be excelling far beyond you.  Your body is unique and so long as you are regularly exercising then you are doing great! Listen to your body and work out at your pace.  You will naturally know when to step thing up.  

5. Reward Yourself

If you have gone from a total couch potato to regularly working out, that is fantastic and a huge achievement.  You have taken control of your health and fitness, and have been motivated enough to do something to change your lifestyle.  That is a big deal.  Once you start doing fitness you enjoy then you will keep up that healthy workout regime.  Treat yourself as a reward.  Whether that is clothes, or a slice of cake of a Saturday or buying a new book, do it! It's important to reward yourself for completion of goals. We are so hard on ourselves all the time, give yourself a pat on the back.  It will keep you motivated and positive!

What are your fitness tips?  I would love to hear them and any stories of your fitness journey, whatever stage of it you may be at.

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Love, Mini
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26 comments

  1. Interesting tips. I have never heard of only women gyms before.

    Jasmine x

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    1. Thanks Jasmine. I did not know if they are popular outside of Ireland. They are a good idea I think for some self conscious women. X

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  2. All of these tips are brilliant, I had no idea all-women gyms existed! I agree with rewarding yourself (with non-food related items, of course haha) and finding activities you enjoy :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. Thanks Gabrielle! I think maybe women only gyms are just an Irish concept after reading comments. We must be a self-conscious bunch! X

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  3. Great post! A personal trainer is a great idea. So is a reward! Thanks for stopping by my blog

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  4. Fabulous tips! I totally agree with rewarding yourself with a little shopping. :)

    Keisha xo
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    1. Thanks Keisha! A reward is always a good idea! Mine comes in the form of cake or handbags X

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  5. I absolutely love this post! I think it's really important not to work out with others who are significantly fitter than you, like you said :) Rewarding helps too. I have recently transformed from someone who doesn't exercise to a fitness freak and I can honestly say that I feel so much healthier

    Rachel xx
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    1. Thanks Rachel-Beth, I really enjoyed writing it. We all too often compare ourselves to our friends in every aspect of life really. Great to hear you have turned to fitness! You are probably like me in that now you really look forward to it. Keep my updated on your fitness journey or if you ever do a blog post on it X

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  6. These are some great tips! I wish they had "noob only" gyms because for me it doesn't matter whether it's a mixed gender gym, if everyone else looks like they know how to use the equipment I get totally intimidated! Haha

    X

    Anjelique

    www.anjelique.com.au

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    1. Thanks Angelique! 'Noob' is a new word for me! What does it mean?! Oh ya I am the exact same, I feel like a total idiot trying to figure out new equipment. My trainer takes that hassle away from me, unless I am travelling and using a new gym and then I definitely feel like a noob all over again! X

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  7. These are really nice tips dear!!

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  8. Its definitely hard to stay motivated! I'm a runner, so I just remind myself that when I get out and run its MY private time for myself and even though I may not want to get out at first, I always feel better after the run. My tip for anyone who runs or works out and has a full time job, is to get up really early and knock it out before work, then you have the whole day to do as you please (plus you can brag about working out before your husband has even had his morning coffee ;)

    www.jessandtonic.com

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    1. I have the same attitude as you Jessica. I always think my workout time is MY time. You are so right, we all really do feel so much better after some exercise. I stopped running a few weeks ago because I am in the final few weeks of pregnancy, but I loved being out in the fresh air and just running. Its like therapy! I love your top of doing exercise early, you are so right in that you have the whole day ahead of you then and can brag! :) If you do any fitness posts about your regime let me know, as I would love to read them! X

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  9. I started with fitness week ago and I will consider your tips! Thanks.
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  10. Great tips, thanks for sharing.

    http://www.racheldinh.com

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    1. Thank Rachel, I am glad you liked the tips X

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  11. Great tips! We definitely should reward ourselves more often too! xx

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    1. Thanks Lustrous.ie! My next reward is going to be a Mulberry Lily like yours I think. I am torn between the medium Oxblood or the Oak for AW15/16! If you ever do a Mulberry Lily review please let me know X

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  12. Such an interesting post.
    I love working out and keeps me relax and fit
    Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Zarrah! I find working out to be like therapy. It really clears my mind and makes me feel good too! X

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  13. These are all great tips
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    1. Thanks for reading and stopping by Laura X

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