Sunday, 22 January 2017

LET'S TALK GYMTIMIDATION!


Let's talk gymtimidation!  Yes it's a thing and something that prevents many people from exercising which all falls down to one thing... the fear of being judged.

I get it!  When you aren't at your goal watching people smashing it and lifting twice their body weight can be a little scary and demotivating but by no means should it put you off from hitting the gym. Life's not a competition but you never want to feel like the weakest link in the room.  We all have a perception in our heads as to how others see us, am I too skinny, too fat, too strong, too weak, not fast enough?  However, you can't let these fears stop you from trying new things, if we did then life would be pretty boring.  We've all been that person at one point in our lives that feels like the new kid on the block and I like you found the gym an intimidating place to begin with but facing your fears helps diminish them. The super fit are there because they ignore everyone else and are there for themselves.

I for sure have done some pretty embarrassing things in my time.  I think my number one has to be hitting myself in the face with a 10kg weight... yes that happened and would only happen to me but I hope it's made you feel better.

The point I'm trying to make is that embarrassing things can happen to everyone, whether you've been going to the gym for one week or five years but you've just got to laugh it off and act like it never happened.

So to help you feel more comfortable and at home in the gym I thought I'd share with you my top tips.

1. JUST OWN IT!
We live in a society where we all care too much about what other people think of us when really we shouldn't care at all.
Everyone has to start somewhere and everyone is self improving.  Caring about what other people think shouldn't stop you.  I can guarantee that most people in the gym aren't even aware of what's going on around them and are probably concentrating on their own insecurities rather than yours.

2. ASK FOR HELP!
If you've never stepped into the gym before and don't know where to start don't be afraid to ask for help.  That's what the gym staff are there for and they will be able to show you how to use the machines and equipment correctly to prevent causing an injury.  Most gyms offer an introductory training program which if new you should snap up.  Having a program to work through each time you visit the gym will prevent you from wandering around aimlessly looking clueless.

3. WORKOUT WITH A BUDDY!
Training with a friend will give you that little extra support and means you can discuss the gym talent together.  However, you want to train with someone who is just as motivated as you are and who will give you that little nudge when you need it. Choosing a buddy who's going to distract you by chatting will only hold you back from achieving your goals.

4. GET A PERSONAL TRAINER!
In an ideal world we would all have a personal trainer who would kick our ass into shape! Although they can be expensive, they are worth the investment and with their knowledge and support are a great way at helping you achieve your goals.  Click here to check out my top tips for helping you choose the right one.

5. LISTEN TO YOUR FAVOURITE PLAYLIST!
Popping in your headphones and listening to a motivating playlist will help you switch off from what's going on around you and will help you relax.  Being in your own little zone will help drown out any distractions going on around you so you can just get on with your workout!

So many people are in the same boat as you and have this fear but once you start going regularly you may even start to enjoy it!  Don't let this small fear stop you from achieving your fitness goals this year and turn your I can't into I can!

A.x
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Sunday, 8 January 2017

5 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR FITNESS NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS


So 2017 has finally arrived and with it comes the whole "New Year, New Me" (God I hate that saying).  January sees gyms bustling as everyone has decided this is the year they will get fit, however by Easter thousands have given up trying to achieve their goals and the gym has gone back to it's quiet self.
So instead of being part of the thousands who give up, I thought I'd share with you my top tips to help you stay motivated not just in January but for the whole year so that 2017 is your best year yet!

1. MAKE YOUR GOAL SOMETHING YOU REALLY WANT!

The goals you make should be things you want.  You need to want to do it for yourself and not your friends, family or partner.  Do it for you!  If your goals are things you really want to achieve, you'll have more drive to make them happen.

2. CREATE SMALLER GOALS

There's no problem making yearly goals, I myself have a few. However, creating over ambitious goals will usually end with you throwing in the towel when not achieved and will leave you feeling unmotivated.  Whether you want to become fitter, stronger, lose weight or run a marathon be realistic and make small monthly goals that will help you achieve your final goal.  Smaller goals will be easier to achieve and will help you stay motivated.

3. CREATE A PLAN

The majority of fitness goals are most likely to involve the gym!  So first things first, create a plan and most importantly create one you enjoy! Work out how many times a week you can realistically go to the gym, what days these will be and what exercises you will do once there.
Remember to update your training program every 6-8 weeks as by this point your body will start to become familiar with the exercises and you'll start getting bored doing the same thing day in, day out.

4. TREAT YOURSELF 

There is no harm in treating yourself once in a while, so make sure you don't deprive yourself.  By that I don't mean it's acceptable to eat a family size bar of chocolate everyday, but by letting yourself have a small treat every so often it's more likely to stop you from overindulging or giving into your cravings.  The treat you give yourself doesn't have to be food related, it could be a spa day, a manicure etc.  When I reach my own goals I treat myself to new activewear (any excuse) as it motivates and pushes me to the next level.

5. CONSISTENCY IS KEY 

Your body can be whatever you want it to be if you're prepared to put the work in.  Yes there will be days when you don't feel like training and can't seem to move from the coach, but those tend to be the days you have the best workout.  Reaching your end goal may be a slow process and there is no magic pill but what I can tell you is that it will be worth it in the end.

Nothing worth having comes easy, so instead of being one of the thousands who give up their fitness goals, make 2017 your year to smash them!!


Happy Training!


A.x


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