I am excited about sharing my first fitness post with you, I have received a lot of lovely emails, wanting to know my fitness regime and eating plans, but before now, there was not much-useful information I could share.
I want to start off by saying that everyone is made differently, it’s frustrating, that some people don’t understand that we all come in different shapes and sizes, and genetics plays a huge role, if we, all looked the same that would be pretty boring right?
I don’t understand why some people are so obsessed with the weight of other women, especially woman are so quick to judge other women. We should all embrace each other. We are smart enough to understand that we all have different colour hair, eye colour, height, skin, body shape (e.g. pear, hourglass, straight) etc, then why can’t we understand that this difference also works with weight and metabolism.
When I don’t work out, I get super thin, my sister and everyone in my family is exactly same. When I get stressed, I get even thinner and there is nothing I can do to keep the weight on, it doesn’t matter how much I eat, but it drops off me.
Let me also state, thin does not mean FIT, and no one wants to just be thin, I want to be fit and healthy.
I am by no means a fitness guru; I haven’t done a nutrition or personal trainer course, but I want to share my personal experience, as I have tried it all over the years, and I have always enjoyed working out, being married to a professional athlete also means the fitness industry is thrown in my face every day, so it proves that becoming unmotivated can easily happen to anyone.
Over the last year, I have been so busy with work (organising a wedding also took up a big chunk of my time) this meant I didn’t have a chance to work out at all, the worst part about waiting so long between workouts is that you actually forget how damn good it makes you feel.
At school, I was heavily involved in athletics and netball, competing at the state level for athletics, with 100m, 400m and long jump my forte. So I am not immune to exercise, but once I finished school and went to university, and then onto busy full-time work, exercise was pushed back.
You know what they say; summer bodies are made in winter. I woke up a few months ago and thought enough is enough, I am sick of feeling tired and making excuses for not exercising. Just get up and do it woman! (Of course, physically doing it, is much harder than simply saying the words)
Anything that you haven’t done in a while always appears harder than it is, it’s like going to the doctors for that regular ‘womens’ check up when you haven’t been in so long, you’ll do anything to get out of it.
It can be a struggle, I go through a range of emotions before I actually pop those runners on; I hate that awkward feeling of walking through the gym doors, when you haven’t been there in so long and feeling like the new kid on their first day at school, other excuses that run through my head are ‘I’m too unfit’ ‘I’m too busy’ or ‘working out makes me too muscly’. Typing these now, makes me realise how pathetic I sound, but at the time, they seem like perfectly legitimate excuses.
When I exercise, I feel more alert with work, I have a tonne of extra energy and even though I am cutting time out of my day, I am more dynamic to achieve my tasks. I am on a mission, to never give up on exercise again.
There are so many tips out there on how to motivate you, but here are some of the ones that have worked for me.
// MORNING WORKOUTS. I am a morning person, so I guess this isn’t as hard as for me as it is for some, but getting your workout done and dusted in the morning before work means you actually do it and it gives you that extra buzz for the day. If you plan to do it after work, I have found other excuses start creeping in and you are less likely to do it.
Try this 4 days a week, and you might be surprised at how easy it becomes to get up at 6am (even in winter). If you only do it once or twice a week, it is actually harder than doing it more often. You need to program your body and brain into training mode, even before you get to the gym. The more you do it- the easier it becomes.
// PUT THOSE RUNNERS ON. It sounds simple, but don’t think about anything you need to do during the day and put those darn runners on. I normally wake up and check my phone, I then get bogged down by emails and once I look at one, I feel too stressed to leave the house and exercise.
I now leave my runners, and exercise gear right near my bed (arm distance away) so as soon as my alarm goes off, I quickly get changed and run out the door.
// FIND AN EXERCISE YOU LOVE. This can be the hardest thing to work out, but once you do, you feel like you have won the lotto. I have struggled with it over the years. I have realised it needs to be fast paced and high intensity for me to stay interested.
I have tried it all from gym fitness classes ( Body Attack and Tummy, Hips & Thighs) but have never lasted longer than 3 weeks, running on the treadmill, I got really bored with this, even though I love to run, KX Reformer Pilates classes and Bikram Yoga.
I was really obsessed with Pilates a few years ago, KX Pilates is great, it’s quite fast paced which kept me interested, but at the time I wasn’t doing any other cardio, I felt it made my legs and bum a little too muscly (as I was doing it 3-4 times a week) if I was to try it again, I would mix it with cardio and then it would be great.
You either love Bikram or hate it. Unfortunately I am the latter. I have really tried to give it ago, but the classes are 90 minutes and you come out drenched in sweat and I find it a bit slow (for my hyper active mind haha) and very hard to find the time.
There are so many things to consider when finding an exercise that works for you, you need to consider your lifestyle and schedule. It’s easy to say you want to spend 2 hours at the gym, but a lot of us don’t have 2 hours a day to do this, especially if you have children and there is no one at home to baby sit or it’s not financially feasible. It could be better for you to do a workout for 20 minutes at home, then stressing about organising a babysitter and going to the gym.
I love the NIKE TRAINING APP– you download it for free on your phone, you can pick what you want achieve, it may be toning, weightloss etc, then you pick your fitness level and it gives you a range of workouts from 15 to 45 minute bursts, and shows you how to do them with a video. All you need for these workouts are a medicine ball or dumbbells and a small room, I am planning to rock these workouts when I am on holidays, so easy!
Currently, I have also found a new exercise that I absolutely LOVE in boxing, It keeps me motivated as it is really fast-paced and always different. I have been seeing Ruan from F.I.T.E and he really pushes you, which is exactly what I need. I love that I have now learnt the proper boxing technique (taught from a professional fighter) and I am burning a huge amount of calories, without bulking up (can you tell I am scared of looking too muscly?! It’s an issue I have as I think I bulk up easily) He takes group classes and one-on-one, I think it’s important to have someone to push you so you can achieve your goals, as you never know how hard you can push yourself. I will go into more detail on my sessions with Ruan in the coming weeks.
I have been doing boxing twice a week, and trying to introduce a few other cardio sessions, so either walking on running.
// WORKOUT PARTNER. Another tip is having a workout partner, I know this one is a common fitness tip, but it makes all the difference, as you know someone is relying on you. I have been training with my lovely friend, Jasmin from Friend In Fashion for our boxing session. I have also been going for walks/runs around the tan with my girlfriends and the 1000 steps in the Dandenong Ranges is another great workout with friends.
// FIND YOUR MOTIVATION. Lastly, I have realised it’s all about the way your mind works. So find ‘your’ reason to exercise, something that makes you tick. I want to feel fit and healthy (and look good in a bikini on my honeymoon) you may want to fit in those jeans you wore 5 years ago or that fun/charity run you have set your eyes on. Once you find your reason, you can then focus on it, and you will make it happen.
I look forward to sharing more exercise and eating plans with you in coming weeks.