Gosh, writing that title actually made me sweat a little. Not through exertion (if typing burned mega calories I’d be little but skin and bones by now) but because it’s a big ask to write a definitive post on this topic. So that is definitely not what this is. I’m not an expert on fitness, nutrition or diet – I’m just an exercise-loving girl who has lost 2 stone (28lbs) over the past 18 months and has picked up a few tips along the way.
5 of those tips are featured in my brand new video, of the same name as this post. I’ll be outlining a summary them below too, but if you’re more of a watcher than a reader here’s the vid:
Tip #1 – Figure out what works for you
The gym may work for you, it may not. It didn’t work particularly well for me. I have achieved SO much more by doing DVDs and online videos at home, both in terms of time efficiency and fitness levels/weight loss. My personal favourite methods include Jillian Michaels’ DVDs and FitnessBlender’s YouTube videos!
Tip #2 – You can eat your way through any amount of exercise
If your goal is to get and LOOK fit, there’s no point eating crap food on top of your workouts. I did that for around a month at the start of my journey and wondered why I didn’t look or feel different. It’s not rocket science! If you’re building muscle and covering it up with a layer of fat, you’re never going to see it. Eat as cleanly as you can, but don’t drive yourself crazy with it – I still love my Indian and Chinese food, plus pizza and cheese, but have them in moderation.
Tip #3 – Try to make your exercise as regular as possible
Jillian Michaels once said that the best time to exercise is just at the same time each day! Your body comes to expect it and you can work out efficiently. Plus, if you get in to a routine you’re way more likely to stick to it – for me, between 8.20-9am is my ideal exercise slot (give or take half an hour or so. I tend to get sidetracked by Instagram..uh, I mean complex debates on the morning news) and I love knowing that I’m going to get my workout.
Tip #4 – Track your progress
I personally adore the MyFitnessPal app, but do whatever works best for you. Not only does a tracker allow you to keep on top of your recommended routine, but you can also look back and see what you’ve already achieved. I looked today and saw that I’ve lost a total of 16lbs (3 more since I made the video! No idea how!) using the app. It’s a great feeling.
Tip #5 – Don’t let anyone discourage you
You may have already noticed this, but when you’re trying to get fit and healthy there’s always one person who will try to discourage you. “Oh, you already look fine!”, “Don’t waste your time on all this rubbish!”, “You’re obsessed with exercise now!” – I’ve heard them all. Mostly from people who I know would love to get fit themselves but haven’t got the motivation. Unless someone is genuinely concerned about your health, for example if they’ve noticed you under-eating, then it’s likely that they’re just trying to make themselves feel better.
Please share your own tips and advice below!