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!


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

    Telina | Love, Telina

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

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

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