My go-to workouts

So after talking about my go to workout clothing, I thought I would talk about my go to workout tips. In the last few of years, I have really started to find a love for fitness. Most days, there is nothing I love more than putting my trainers and headphones on and zoning out for an hour in the gym. I think I have learned a lot about fitness in the last few years, so I thought I would share some tips and tricks I have learned over the last few years. I am by no means a personal trainer,  so I won’t be going into too much detail!

Some realities:

I think one of the most important things I’ve learned is that I am not a full time athlete with all the time in the world to exercise. A lot of the time I am tired from work and really don’t fancy exercising, so if I set myself a goal of 3-4 days a week of exercise. I used to aim for 5-6 days but it’s not feasible most days and thats okay!

Secondly, all the ‘fitspo’ people on Instagram are great for motivation, but I have learned that it is really impossible to mimic their bodies. For starters, a lot of pictures will be edited or from flattering angles and secondly, it is literally their jobs to exercise! Whether their a fitness influencer or just a general influencer, they have the time to exercise all the time- I however do not, so I try and limit my expectations and stay realistic about my goals.

Thirdly, I don’t enjoy every form of exercising out there and again, thats okay! I have concluded running is not for me despite years of trying, however I have found some exercises I love so I thought I would share.

My fave workouts

Yoga: I loooove yoga, especially as a warm up, cool down or just to zone out for a bit. I recently have just got back into it and am so thankful, because my body feels much less tense! I normally do yoga at home either using the Asana Rebel app (you can download it from an App Store) or I use Shona Vertue’s youtube channel- both are so easy to use and very informative!

Interval training: this has changed the way I do cardio. I used to find it so boring because I would just run or cross train for an hour and feel like I wasn’t getting anywhere. I started researching and found interval training is a way more effective and interesting way to do cardio. Normally I will now do 20-30 minutes on either the step machine, bike or cross trainer doing 40/20’s. This means I work really hard on the machine for 40 seconds then for 20 seconds I take it easier to get my breath back. Not only does it make you sweat more and work harder, it makes the time go so much quicker!

Core workouts: I LOVE core workouts. It is my favourite workout because I love the burn in my tummy when I am working hard. I normally use youtube videos to find different workouts for my core by just typing ‘core workout’ or ’10 minute core workout’ and millions of videos pop up! I try and do core 2-3 times a week.

Weights: I have only recently started to enjoy weight training. I have started doing squats again after not being able to due to a hip injury for 2 years. You see results a lot quicker when doing squats. I also love dumbbell workouts for my arms. I am definitely not qualified in explaining how to use weights but I always find personal trainers/gym staff are really helpful in gyms if you need help with how to squat/use weights effectively and safely. If you are unsure, just give someone an ask- I have always found them really helpful!

Classes: Last year I really got into step class, until I picked up a knee injury and have been too scared to go back! I love any classes that are dance/routine orientated as I find the class much more fun and makes me want to go back!

 

A final tip for a good workout is a good music playlist! Here are 10 of my go to gym songs:

  1. ‘Electricity’ by Silk City, Dua Lipa, Diplo and Mark Ronson
  2. ‘Fade’ by Kanye West
  3. ‘You Don’t Know Me’ by Jax Jones and RAYE
  4. ‘Nonstop’ by Drake
  5. ‘All my Love’ by Major Lazer and Ariana Grande
  6. ‘Play’ by Jax Jones and Years & Years
  7. ‘Side to Side’ by Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
  8. ‘Nice for What’ by Drake
  9. ‘Remind Me to Forget’ by Kygo and Miguel
  10. ‘Bootylicious’ by Destiny’s Child (cheesy but I do admittedly listen to this when I squat, lol)

 

Happy workout!

Rachael x

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