DO WHAT YOU LOVE

 

Do you find yourself literally counting down the seconds to the end of your workout or can hardly bear the thought of stepping on the treadmill, it’s time to switch up your routine. Keep your workouts from getting stale by switching it up and trying new things.

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MIX IT UP

Venture into a Zumba class for a total change of pace, or just try tweaking your usual activity, try out some new equipment or different techniques. Experimenting with different types of activity can help freshen up your workout routine and give you that little extra boost to jump to your workout!

REST

Don’t get me wrong, some days all I want to do is put my feet up and eat toast on the sofa- and I do! Stop feeling guilty about taking days off, balance is so important, enjoy rest days and you’ll have so much more to give on your workout days.

I’m a big fan of variation, my typical week depending on what I can fit in includes a spin class, reformer Pilates, a body pump class and a heavy weight session in the gym. Every session is totally different, I don’t get bored, I avoid overuse injuries and every week I see my endurance improve.

I know its easy to go in to the gym and do the same old familiar exercises. I also know that sometimes its a little scary to try something new, to use a new piece of equipment with no clue about how to use it. Don’t be scared to ask someone, that’s what gym staff are there for, everyone has to start somewhere!

ENJOY

I love to try new things and experiment with exercises to keep them fresh and enjoyable. Check out my Tyre video for a full body HIIT session, if you don’t have a giant tyre you can just use a step! 40 seconds each exercise – toe taps, jump up, jump over, tricep dips, press ups, split squats, flips (only if you have a tyre)!

 

HAPPY MIND, HAPPY LIFE

Exercise is a big part of my life. It’s not an aesthetic thing. I realised from a young age the mood boosting effects of exercise. 

Exercise is not about punishing yourself, or hurting yourself and pushing to extremes, it’s about loving your self and investing in your health. 

Regular exercise provides us with so many health benefits, one of the things you’re most likely to notice is the emotional lift after a little gym session. Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. It can also increase self esteem and reduce stress and anxiety. 


It’s all well and good to read the articles on the benefits of exercise, but until you get out there and get active you will never understand the ‘buzz’! I feel my mood instantly lift after even 30mins working out! 

If your struggling with low self esteem or anxiety, the last thing you want to do is go and parade around a gym.

Here’s the thing, you don’t have to leave your home to get active! All you need is your own body weight and a little space, no one needs to see you and you don’t even need lots of time!

See below a little 8min circuit that you can do anywhere, as many times as you like. You can advance to higher impact once you’ve mastered it- JUMP SQUATS, JUMP LUNGE, FAST HIGH KNEES, FULL PRESS UP. 


Hopefully this brightens your day a little! ⭐️

A little bit about me…

My family are all super fit and active.

When I was younger, some of our best family holidays were organised around marathons and triathlons that my Dad wanted to compete in.

I was actually in Hawaii when my Dad completed an IRON MAN Triathlon 1988 (in my mummy’s tummy).

So I have always accepted fitness and exercise as part of life. My Mum has always enjoyed exercise and as soon as I was old enough I would have tagged along with her to whatever aerobics/boxing/Pilates/gym class she was going to.

Things got a little dark in my school days, I wasn’t really a huge fan, didn’t have a clue where I wanted my life to go. I was a little bit of a loner, mostly my own doing, I loved Art class and would literally hide there all day. I would skip PE or any sports class and go to Art instead, it was like a little safe haven.

YES I WAS THAT KINDA WEIRD KID THAT ALWAYS HAD PAINT IN HER HAIR.

Anyways, long story short, I went to Art College, and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Fine and Applied Art. I’m not an artist, not really arty enough, too normal, and I don’t really appreciate being judged. University did however help me come out of my shell, I met loads of new people and hey I got the sticker.

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Pretty much as soon as I left university, I got a grown up (ish) job and started off on the road of ‘working 9-5’. I joined a gym and really enjoyed going, I would make time to go even if I didn’t feel like it, because I quickly realised that even 20mins in the gym would boost my mood and energy levels.

That was 2010 and I haven’t looked back since.

In 2015, after a year living in America, I decided I needed a change in my life, I wanted to want to get up for work in the morning and to love what I was doing. But what did I love doing? What did I already get up for at 6am or race to after work?

THE GYM

So I started my Level 2 Fitness Instructor, which then became Level 3 PT, then Pre and Post Natal, not really thinking I’d ever take the plunge and quit my job, but I did and wow was that one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

In January this year, I literally had a NEW YEAR, NEW ME, NEW CAREER!

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