Being a healthy size 8, it might seem a bit odd to a few of you than I want to get fitter. Now, being 'fit' isn't about losing weight for me, like it is for so many others - it's about being stronger, healthier, confident in my body and proving to myself that I can actually do something right.
TRAINERS AND JOGGING PANTS - The sports and fitness areas of any shop are like an alien land to me. You would not believe how lost I looked buying these things! I settled on 'Hudson and Rose' pants from New Look, because the elasticated lower legs and waist would be super comfy and the pockets are pretty deep - ideal for keys and phone while running outside. The trainers are simple Puma get ups from TK Maxx, which are ridiculously supportive and great for both running and indoor exercises.
PRO FITNESS EXERCISE BALL - I heard that if you swap your computer chair with an exercise ball it helps with back pain, they're pretty cheap so it was a theory I was willing to test! I haven't been using it long enough to tell, but it does help to improve your posture, plus bouncing along to music really improves my mood and I seem to get more work done (amazing!) My house mate bought herself one soon after and honestly, I've never seen her so happy as after playing on it for 30 minutes! At £6.99 from Argos, I'd recommend this bouncy blue ball of joy to everyone.
I also ordered myself a sports bra yesterday, which seemed a bit redundant since the only way my tatas are gonna jiggle is if a tornado picked me up and hurled me through the air. However, apparently even tiny tits benefit from them and exercising without can cause the ligaments in your boobs to stretch - hellooooo saggy spaniel ears. Next purchase are a skipping rope for cardio and some little weights as my arms seriously need some kind of strength.
First up I'm doing a whole load of cardio to burn off a *bit* of fat gained over Christmas before moving on to exercises more based around toning and strength.The Lean Machines are my go to guys for workouts and understanding how exercise effects the body - they're awesome! I'm looking for more fitness folk to subscribe to, though - any suggestions?
Are you a fitness fanatic or a beginners like me? Any tips for staying motivated? Any epic cardio routines you can suggest?