Friday, 22 January 2016

My Fitness Program (Beginners Routine)

Hello everyone! So as my returning readers will already know, I'm putting a lot of energy into getting fit and healthy this year. It's not a NY resolution because those never get done, it's just something I want to do sort myself out.

I've been lazy when it comes to exercise, skincare, nutrition and general well-being for the past six months or so and I think now is probably a good time to kick those bad habits. Today's post is just going to be about my gym routine because it's a mix of what an instructor has told me and a little bit of my own doing. 

Now, I'm not the fittest person in the world so it hasn't been a hardcore regime but I'm improving and my routine will differ as I continue to get fitter. I would advise going to the gym rather than doing it at home or just running because the equipment is much more varied and there's always a professional on hand for advice. 

I always start off with cardio and then move onto stretching and weights, not heavy ones, just enough to tone me up! The first thing I go on is the cross-trainer for twenty minutes, I use it first because it's the one I dread the most and it just gets it out of the way. The upright bike is next, I either go on for twenty minutes or I split it up and do ten minutes and then go back to it later in the session.

From there I use the rower to improve my upper body strength a bit and to make sure I'm spreading out the effort I'm putting into different parts of my body. I don't actually mind the rower because I used to skive PE by sitting in the fitness room with a friend or two and doing some rowing. One thing I don't like, however, is the stepper. I do that after the rowing machine because by that time my lower half has had a little bit of a break and it does work different leg muscles to the ones used on the upright bike and the cross-trainer. 

I'm not going into the weights side of things too much because I don't put too much focus on that but I start with the leg press, move onto the two different abductor machines, and finally I use the vertical lift. 

To finish off the program I move onto the mats and do independent exercises. 

 These include:
  • 10 crunches
  • 10 lunges per leg
  • 30 second plank with feet together
  • 30 second plank with feet apart
  • 30 second bridge
  • Multiple stretches for my legs (including attempts at splits!)

As I said before, this is very much a beginners routine but I'm gradually getting fitter and I'm increasing the time I do each exercise by small amounts to help build it up. Thanks for reading today's post, let me know what you you guys do to stay fit in the comments below!

4 comments:

  1. Your fitness routine sounds really good! I definitely want to try to get fitter x

    Telina | Love, Telina

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    1. Thanks, it's taken me a long time to get motivated. Once you've started you might as well finish! :) xx

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  2. Any fitness programm is better than nothing, I think. I am not the most sporty of all, but I do keep up exercising.

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    1. I only started two weeks ago but I'm doing everything possible to keep myself motivated and positive. :) x

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