Friday, 14 June 2013

That dreaded thing called exercise!

Hey guys!
So recently, out of the blue, a sudden rush of motivation has overcome me. Don't ask me where it has come from because I am just as clueless as you, but I have become very dedicated to exercise. I've never been like this before, sure would play tennis once a week, but that's about it. Now, however, I am exercising pretty much every day, and I feel bad and guilty when I don't.

Nike Dart 9 trainers. My picture of my legs/feet from Instagram.

It kinda started with running. Call me strange, but I love running, and it's sort of like therapy for me. Getting 30-45 minutes of fresh air, clearing my head and listening to good music really makes me happy. And sure I struggle sometimes, occasionally I push myself too hard, but that doesn't stop me. As I said at the start, I am motivated. Dedicated even.

But it didn't stop there! For about two or three weeks, I had made a routine and stuck to it (to which I was very pleased!). I was running twice a week, going to the gym twice a week, and playing tennis twice a week. Unfortunately, the weather stepped in and prevented me from running on a few occasions so I ended up going to the gym more regularly. And this is when the mega-motivation kicked in for me. Going to the gym began to feel like a drug to me. I got the satisfaction of working hard and doing a good workout (and yes, eyeing up the muscly men). 

Part of my new exercise regime, is doing a few '30 day challenges'. I started off just doing the squat challenge, but then I discovered the ab challenge, and once my weights arrived (more on this later), I began the arm challenge too.

All three images from Google.

So as I have been exercising more, there's one problem I encountered; I didn't have enough workout gear and was having to wash my clothes pretty much every night, which was fine but a bit annoying if I forgot (which I may have done on a few occasions! Ooops!). What did I do? Well I did what any girl would do; I bought more clothes!! I needed a tennis skirt anyway, but I also included two tank tops and a pair of shorts in my order. Non-clothes related, I bought a water bottle and some 3kg weights. Now to explain the weights. Toned arms are on my workout wish-list so to aid that, I thought weights would be a good idea. Also, I'm very weak so I thought I would start off small and work up!

All Nike apart from the Reebok weights. My photo from Instagram.

I am now following many different fitness related Instagram and Twitter pages (which I will link at the bottom of this post) to keep my motivation flowing, and to give me a goal. I know I'm not fat and I know I don't need to lose weight but I have an image in my head of what I want my body to look like, and I'm willing to work for it! I'm not obsessed, I'm dedicated!

On a serious note though, I would like to point out the obvious - don't overwork yourself. Admittedly, I have been pushing myself quite hard, but I am aware of this and I am trying to give my body a rest sometimes. And I'm not saying this is for everyone or that you have to! But if you want to change your body, do it for YOU. Don't do it for anyone else because you're the one who will feel the effects. It's not about being skinny, it's about being healthy.

So that is everything guys! Sorry this post has been a bit waffly but I didn't really plan it, I just went with the flow and this is where we've ended up! Here are the Twitter and Instagram links:

Are you just as motivated as me? Or are you struggling with motivation? Have you tried any of the 30 day challenges? How did they go?

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. All items were purchased by me.

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