My love for fitness is probably on par with my love for everything beauty related!
I really wanted to add to my blog a little space where I can share all of my fitness tips, gym programmes and food choices!
I am obsessed with watching and reading about other people’s fitness routines… so I wanted to jump on the bandwagon! I wanted to start off by adding this page and telling you about my general view on fitness, the type of body I strive for and how I am going about achieving it.
I think creating blog posts on my progress will only make me more motivated and it would be great if you could join me on this journey!
My belief in weight lifting
Yes, I said it! The word ‘weights’ seems to be a swear word when it comes to some people’s views on womens’ fitness. I couldn’t agree less. If your idea of a perfect body is lean, toned and athletic, then you need to lift weights. The idea that incorporating weight lifting into your fitness routine will ‘bulk’ you out is nonsense. It is extremely rare for any woman to have the adequate level of testosterone to achieve the ‘bulk’ you tend to see in male weight lifters. In addition to this, increasing your muscle mass is the best way to burn calories ; your body will continue to burn fat during and after any weight lifting session (muscle contractions are the best way to burn those calories!) What is important to remember is that by creating muscle mass and burning the fat on top will allow you to create a toned, athletic and strong physique.
If you are still in doubt, then please take some advice from my personal experience. I have always been concious of my fitness and I have always been a gym-goer. But I have never seen results before like I am seeing now! I will be sharing all of my weekly workouts so please use my examples or find a program and give it a try for yourself!
I swear by my gym membership
I have tried every fitness routine and exercise program available. You name it, I have tried it. One of the stand out programs for me was Insanity (before I discovered my love for weights!) But nothing has worked for me like my current gym has. In order to get the most out of your workouts, you need to feel 100% comfortable and relaxed in your own gym. Shop around. What is the point in spending £50.00 per month on a membership that never gets used because you feel intimidated in the gym environment? It is so common for women to feel uncomfortable in a gym; so many people have told me that. I have also been a member of some gyms which just didn’t work for me for that reason alone. So find a gym that you feel completely comfortable in and then remember that you are paying exactly the same money to be in exactly the same gym with exactly the same aim as everybody else there. Nobody wants you to feel stupid; trust me, I have seen grown men falling off the running machine because they have lost concentration in my gym… and nobody bats an eyelid!
I don’t believe in calorie counting. I do believe in supplements
If you are going to go ahead and try a weight training program, then calorie counting is a no-go. You are going to need energy and lots of it, so surviving on a bowl of lettuce and a cracker all day will soon feel impossible. Your body is going to need fuel to be able to weight train efficiently. I try and eat 5-6 small meals a day, eating every couple of hours (if possible) and never skipping breakfast. Ofcourse, I do slip off track (and I do like my weekend alcohol!) but the important thing is to be able to get back into it and get focused as soon as you can. It is also important to eat ‘clean’ meals. I will be sharing the meals I eat in a week and why I eat the way I do in later posts!
Also, if you are going to train you may want to invest in some good supplements to improve your ability in the gym even more. Again, I will be explaining the ones I use in a later blog post.
I enjoy my workouts!
It might seem crazy, but it is true. Ofcourse I get days when I can’t really be that bothered, but when I am there I am 110% into it. If you are not enjoying your program, whether its weight lifting or some other form of exercise, then you haven’t found the right program for you yet… so keep looking!
So I hope this has helped to show my general idea behind my fitness routine and healthy eating lifestyle. Keep a look out for all sorts of blog posts in relation to everything fitness!