Sunday, 18 January 2015

My New Year Fitness | 2015


Hello! I have never really addressed the topic of fitness on my blog and being a keen sports addict I am quite surprised. I am debating about starting some sort of 'fitness series' within my blog posts, but I guess I will just have to see how things play out.

First of all, being 'fit' isn't what everyone must do, I just find it ties in nicely with all of the sport I do, considering I have to keep my stamina and strength up all year round. You should all be happy with the size and shape you are. So, just bear that in mind and please don't find these types of posts too patronizing, if you don't like to work out that's fine, or if you do but only a little that's also fine! 

Anyway, I wanted to share the little ways and tips I try to keep my fitness levels quite high, saying this in no means am I a qualified fitness or health instructor though!

Knowing how and what to do
However much you think you know with fitness, there will always be so much more to learn. The most important thing is knowing where to start. Personally, I have been a very active person since a young age so I am naturally quite able when it comes to sport. Saying this, fitness and strength approached me at a whole new level, and even I struggled a little. When I reached 14, I joined my local gym, where I was taught properly how to use each piece of equipment. I must admit I am not the best at regularly working out at the gym, but I do try to go every other week for an hour or two. If joining the gym isn't suitable for you, there are many other ways you can work out at home. A personal favourite of mine is downloading fitness apps onto my phone and seeing to them every morning and evening. I particularly like using 'The Seven Minute Workout Challenge' as this is something I can do quickly before school or in the evening. There are so many apps and fitness videos out there that working out at home is so easy these days, you just have to make the effort. 


Time is key
It's obvious you aren't going to see results straight away, so it is vital that you don't immediately give up after a few days when you don't see a six pack appear on your stomach. Although you may not see bulging muscles, you will however notice a difference in your mood. Exercise is a very good way of clearing your mind and de-stressing, and as time passes, you will eventually start to see your muscles beginning to tone, but that's only if you are doing all your exercises correctly.


Don't overwork your muscles
Believe it or not, you're muscles can quickly get too tired and you need to know when to stop, especially when you're new to working out and exercise. Knowing your limits is pretty essential, considering damaging your muscles is the last thing you want to be doing. It is also important that you warm up and cool down before you do any kind of intense work out. I like to run to warm up, either on the spot or on the treadmill, depending on whether I'm at the gym or just at home. It is equally just as important to cool down after you have exercised. For this, I just do a few, quick stretches such as lunges. Not only does cooling down help to steady your heart rate, but it also prepares you for your next workout session.

Stay Hydrated
Finally, water plays an essential role in exercise. Your body cries for water when you are working out, to prevent you from becoming dehydrated. This can be very dangerous, so making sure you have enough fluid in your system is vital. I like to carry a water bottle around with me and I make sure I finish the whole bottle if not two.
 
For now those are the only tips I'm confident enough to share with everyone, but let me know in the comments about your fitness routines or aspires, or alternatively how you feel about these kinds of posts!

52 comments:

  1. Great tips, I am on the verge of coming back to the gym and also gotta drink more water !

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    1. thanks, and yes my goals for this year is to try and drink more water! x

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  2. i will go to the gym too!!! nice post sweety. ;)
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  3. Great tips! I also like to keep fit and have talked about it a couple times on my blog. Hopefully will have more posts about it in the future too :)
    Lovely post :)
    Emily
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    1. Thank you, and I will go and read them now! xx

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  4. Great tips! I agree it's really important to be healthy and happy with your body x
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  5. Nice pst and ideas.

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  6. Im trying to stay hydrated as well!! Cuz sometimes I forget that I have to drink water when Im all up in my school work. Good luck on you new fitness journey! And a fitness series sounds life a good idea :) Go for it

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    1. Thank you, and same here, I get caught up in it all, suddenly remember and attempt at drinking loads all in one go! Haha x

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  7. Great tips! I agree with you may not see results soon on your body, but your mood will definitely change! You become so much more energized, sleep better, I also after doing a good work out routine don't crave junk food as much! (:

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    1. Thanks, and that's exactly what I find! x

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  8. I definitely need to get more active! These are great tips, especially the point about it taking time to see results x

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  9. These are very good tips to stay fit! Hubby and I are both gym bunnies before the baby and now, we barely have any time for ourselves let alone going to the gym. We're currently trying to get fit again and we're starting by drinking lots of water instead of pop and do as much walking as we can.

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  10. Excellent tips! I definitely think running before working out helps me :-) I always have a run with my dog then come home and do a more intense workout x

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    1. Thanks and that sounds like a good idea! x

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  11. I have to do more work out too! Good luck with it lovely :) x

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  12. Great post, always important to keep hydrated! :)
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  13. Great tips, good luck on your new journey into fitness this year
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  14. I definitely need to get more active considering I'm back on my diet :) great post! Good luck with your fitness. :)

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  15. I definitely wasn't very active when I was younger, but I love exercising now - it genuinely makes my day so much more energetic and gives me confidence :) I think warming up and stretching is important when starting a fitness routine!

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  16. I used to be so so active from such a young age, and then I went into year 10, quit gymnastics and it all went down hill from there aha! I've joined my uni gym before and whenever I have a gym membership I always go regularly because I like to know I'm not wasting my money, but I don't have on at the moment. Think I am going to have to get some of those fitness apps!

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  17. Good luck in 2015!
    ~Sophia
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  18. great goals!!! keeping hydrated is really amazing (one of my goals from the past year!)

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  19. Nice tips!! Lovely.
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  20. Overworking my muscles was always my biggest problem when I was working out! Now for exercise I usually just take walks or do a little calisthenics - I just don't feel like spending my precious time on exercise!

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  21. Great fit inspo Hannah! Thanks for sharing!
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  22. Great post
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  23. When I work out, I always expect to see results straight away haha! Thank you for the great advice x

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    1. so did I, but then I did my research and found out results come with time! but stick with it and you'll be fine xx

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  24. Good advice for beginners!
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  25. Those are some really helpful tips! I've been getting into exercising more, I hope I get keep up with it. :)
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  26. Thanks for these tips, I'm trying to get back into exercising so they were really helpful! x

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  27. I agree with all of you're tips, especially the one of not overworking.

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  28. Such good tips! Just discovered your blog and it is so lovely xx

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  29. These are great tips! Really enjoyed reading this post :D If you don't mind me asking, what sports do you practice besides working out at a gym?? XO
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    1. thank you! and I play netball, tennis, football and gymnastics alongside a few others at school xx

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  30. Hydrating is very important to keep our body refreshed and to make our skin free from breakout.
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  31. Loved these tips! Me and 2 friends have just a week ago set up a fitness/food/fashion/beauty (lifestyle I guess...) blog. This exactly the kind of stuff we'll be posting, would you mind checking it out?! We are just interested in feedback at this stage. Thanks so much!!!
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