Its that time of year that we all start talking about fitness and exercise, and I’m no exception. You see here’s my predictment.
Working from home has its pros and cons fitness wise,
Constant access to food
Working in PJs
Actually all of the above are, as pro as they may seem at first, you soon figure out that actually having constant access to your fridge and not getting dressed only means one thing.
Your body ‘fills‘ out, it ‘softens‘ around the edges…
And that is exactly what my body has done.
For someone who was always naturally blessed with a fast metabolism, and very rarely worked out (I say rarely, I mean never) this came as a bit of a shock to me.
I didn’t even notice it! It slowly crept up, until one day my Joni Topshop jeans would no longer do up, and I had to admit to myself it was me, Kate, who was the culprit of eating all the pies.
So naturally I panic signed up to the gym.
It did occur to me though, whilst I was handing over the extortion fee to attend my new fancy smug gym, that it wasn’t going to be as simple as just turning up every now and then and pretending to know what I was doing (as I have done every time I’ve joined a gym before) I was actually going to have to research and take it seriously if I wanted to shift my ‘insulation’.
Now I’ve been working at home for just over a year now, and let me tell you, dear reader, you get yourself somewhat stuck in a rut of endless trips to the fridge. Healthy eating flies out the window along with any sense of time, while Netflix sends out its siren song to you, beckoning you to share some sofa time with your TV and binge watch whatever the latest box set is.
So was I actually going to get off my legging-clad arse (because by this point my usual jeans were a workout to get on and I lived in constant fear of the flies flying open in Waitrose) and use this gym membership.
And I have! Its been going really well!
So this has inspired me to hopefully inspire you, with some tips to get your backside in the gym too.
Stalk Instagram –
I spent an absolute age stalking though many a fitness page to find my ideal ‘fitness guru’, which isn’t exactly what you want to be spending your evenings doing, but taking a little time to find someone you can relate to, who maybe has a similar lifestyle to you, or is maybe at the same point of their life as you, can massively help.
Instagram is saturated with fitness models, with the most *sob* outstanding bodies, which although is great to look at occasionally, seeing them on your feed every day may do the opposite of motivate you and instead send you (me) into a downward spiral of chocolate, Netflix and wine.
Pick your inspiration wisely and make realistic goals.
I am one of those people that live to eat, not eat to live. I love food with all my heart so I knew it was going to possibly be my biggest downfall. I’m never going to be one of these people that can live off of chicken and rice, or salad and veg. It would never work for me. But I also know, that there’s no point just exercising, you have to change your diet.
Abs are made in the kitchen after all.
So after much researching (again!), I found the perfect diet* for me, which includes me being able to eat pretty much anything I want as long as I keep to my recommended calorie intake.
I don’t want to go into it too much, as I am by no means a nutritionist, but if you want to look upon the diet I am following, just pop in ‘If It Fits Your Macros’ on Google and it should give you all the relevant information you need.
I’ve been using the App LifeSum, which has helped me out massively with keeping my diet on track. It’s a bit like My Fitness Pal, but more aesthetically pleasing and it gives you big smiley faces every time your meal is balanced. I gotta get my kicks from somewhere peeps.
Don’t Be Afraid-
I hate cardio, so I knew I would be spending a lot of time in the dreaded weight section. I say dreaded as I knew everyone in that section would be able to lift 1000000000000* more weight than me, as I am embarrassingly weak, I mean I can’t even do lady push-ups weak. The trick is just to get in there with a plan, know what you’re doing (this is where your Instagram stalking comes in handy) and just focus on you. I’ve come to realise that most the people in the weight sections are too busy checking out their own muscles then yours.
They really don’t give a shit!
Just get in there and do it, I promise you will be fine.
Top – Zarely Iana
Leggings – Zarely Iana
Trainers – Adidas Tubular Shadow
*For money off at Zarely use my code – Kateblog
It can be so tempting to buy your gym gear from Primark, cheap and cheerful. And whilst there is absolutely no problem with that (and I have a couple of my own steals from good ole Primani) just definitely try before you buy. See through leggings and ill-fitting tops are enough to make anyone feel more self-conscious when you enter the gym for the first time.
I was kindly enough sent through some amazing activewear from a brand called Zarely. Their sportswear is cleverly designed with thought out seams and rouches to help create the illusion of your already much sought after body.
A contour for your body
A clever trick for the eyes
It definitely has helped to make me feel more confident in wearing sportswear to the gym, especially with its added ‘bum‘ protection. So no more see-through leggings for me, I can wear my Bridget Jones knickers without anyone knowing!