Summer Fitness

Friday, 20 June 2014

I've always liked the idea of the gym but I've always avoided it like the plague. If I don't have someone to go with who will motivate me, I find it very boring. I prefer exercise classes where I'm directed and pushed and challenged, but the downfall of that is the costly gym membership when I'm back home for summer. I worked out a lot in March before tour but since I got back, I've been pretty relaxed and decided to enjoy third term without worrying about fitness and healthy lifestyle choices. Now I'm back to normality and in a routine at home, I've decided to adopt healthier healthier choices and start running. I'm trialing the Couch 2 5k app and alternating it with runs that I make up myself, as the app can be quite boring to start with, but I'm going to try and track my progress over the coming weeks.

The first thing I've started doing is drinking lots more water. I fill up a 750ml bottle every day and drink at least two, which accumulates a 1.5 litre daily intake. I'm not obsessive or strict with running, but I try to run every other day, or every three days depending on how tired or busy I am. I'm starting off with short runs and am aiming to build my stamina gradually throughout the summer. I tend to go in the evenings when it's cooler and sometimes run with my sister who is also really into her fitness at the moment. For me personally, it's all about doing everything in moderation and building it up gradually. I'm trying to snack less unhealthily, but I'm not dieting or specifically cutting anything out, just trying to eat less of the naughty stuff. I recently saw how insane the likes of Millie Mackintosh and Sam Faiers look so I've kitted myself out in some new running gear in an attempt to stick at it, and not give up.

If I don't run, or when I get in from a run, I complete a short abs and legs workout which consists of crunches, leg raises and the plank to help train and tone my core and outer and inner thighs as these are the areas I want to work on most. Summer is the perfect time for me to try and start a health kick because I'm in a routine back in full-time work and can fit fitness and healthy living around my routine. I'm actually learning to enjoy running, especially when I've got my headphones in and my music on full blast which is something I've found to really motivate me. I've started by running round a small field and have already cut my time down from 7.5 minutes to just over 5 minutes without stopping. I'm going to alternate this with the Couch 2 5k app which trains you to run either 5k or 30 minutes straight over 9 weeks so I'll keep you updated on how that goes and if I manage to see it through until the end.

Wish me luck! What do you do to keep fit?


  1. I'm the same! I want to go to the gym but yeah, it's a daunting thought. Drinking more water for me is the hardest part with work. Loved the post! Cannot wait to read more updates. XX

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    1. Thank you! I'll definitely try and post my progress if I can. It's hard exercising while you're working full time but implementing a routine is really helping!X