29/07/2016

At-Home Fitness


I’m not a fan of the gym. I’ve tried it in the past, and I might try it again in the future, but it just doesn’t really work for me. I feel too self-conscious and out of my depth with all the equipment and other people around. Because of this, my living room has become my at-home workout space! No equipment needed, just some floor space, some DVDs or even YouTube.


Fitness DVDs

The DVDs I use are the 10 Minute Solution: Pilates Perfect Body; the 30 Day Shred; and Charlotte Crosby's 3 Minute Belly Blitz and 3 Minute Bum Blitz. I will do more in-depth reviews for each DVD in a future blog post, but in short I'd recommend the 10 Minute Solution or the 30 Day Shred if you want quick, easy-to-follow at-home workouts, whereas if you want more of a challenge and you want to change it up regularly, go for either of Charlotte Crosby's DVDs. There are also countless YouTube videos, ranging from short, ab-focussed workouts, to pilates, to cardio...whatever you need.

How to gain motivation (and keep it!)
  • Pinterest: an incredible resource for motivation and tips, but don’t get too bogged down looking at “dream bodies” of tanned girls on exotic beaches; set your own goals for your own body, whatever that looks/feels like.
  • YouTube: there are loads of amazing fitness channels with recipes, workouts, tips, tricks and inspiration if you’re ever feeling stuck!
  • Vision board: a bit like a pinterest board really, just a physical and tangible version! Cover it with inspirational images and quotes and your own goals too.
  • Keep a record: make a note of your start weight/measurements/stamina/mood/fitness level etc. - this will differ depending on why you are working out and therefore what you want to keep track of. Mark in your diary whenever you do some exercise (be honest with yourself!) and keep a record of how you are improving in whatever area you are focussing on. It might be a good idea to keep track of multiple areas, so that if one week you don’t lose a lot of weight, for example, you can stay motivated because of the improvements you’ve made in other areas, such as your stamina or mood.
21 Day Habit Challenge

I’ve heard many times that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so I set myself a 21-day fitness challenge. I gave myself five options in order to shake things up a bit and to also give myself more resting time in between the more intense workout days. I had three intense options (the 30 Day Shred and the Charlotte Crosby DVDs) and two gentler and shorter options (the 30 Day Squat and Ab challenges - I just downloaded the apps!). Overall I missed 3 days, but after the 21 days were up I really noticed a difference in my mental attitude to working out, and ended up looking forward to it the next day! I am going to set myself this challenge again as I have fallen off the horse a bit recently - let me know if you give it a try too.

Routine

The final thing I’d say about at-home fitness is the importance of routine, which lies on the back of habit. Find times and days that work for you and stick to that! For me, mornings seem to work best as that way I know it is done and dusted and gets my day off to an energised start, and the best days for me are whenever I don’t have to be in uni for 9am (I’m not quite at the 6am starts yet but I’ll get there one day!) and I try to fit in a longer workout on the weekends as I have more time.

I hope this post has been helpful. Writing it has inspired me to up my game and really make my at-home workouts a long-term, consistent part of my life! Will you be joining me on the 21 Day Habit Challenge?

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