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My Current Fitness Routine & How I’m Sticking To It

Now I’ve just got to work on my Domino’s habit…

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I will admit that my fitness routine this year has been a bit all over the shop, when you compare it to the previous 12 months. Last year I didn’t travel much, got into a flow with personal training and happily trundled down to the gym three times a week to gossip with my PT who put me through my paces and made me do squats with a weight that almost made my eyeballs pop out of my head. I loved it, was consistent and I saw results. This year has been a different story. With trips peppered throughout the months I’ve been unable to stick to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday routine and when my time management faltered when big events like the wedding loomed, I stripped back all sweat sessions out of my diary and have since struggled to get back into the swing of things.

However, in the past month I have been officially BACK ON IT. Mad for it, some would say. When things have popped up last minute and I’ve have to reschedule I have been adamant at finding a slot to get the blood pumping; which has meant that I’ve been forced to try new classes and workout at home when the thought of slogging my butt to the gym at 5am made me want to vom (I’ll pop up an ‘at-home’ workout best of next week). Here’s how I’ve kept my motivation up for a four weeks…

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Write it down. I thought back to how I got into this whole fitness shebang in the first place and remembered that at the beginning of each month I used to write myself down a workout schedule that I’d pin above my desk and tick off each day and workout as it came. You know me, I love a good tick box and find that just the thought of putting a line through through a monthly grid is enough to get me in the mood to haul my behind off the sofa. So that’s exactly what I did. I knew that it was six weeks until my next trip (HELLO GREECE!) and so collaborated with my calendar, my PT’s availably and the schedule at my local pilates studio to see if it was possible to get some kind of workout in Monday to Friday with the odd at-home workout or yoga video in the front room in there, and IT WORKED! I’ve missed the odd day due to a last minute meeting or a birthday night-out induced hangover, but for the most part I’ve done some kind of sweaty thing at least five times a week, which is much more than what I was doing before.

Be realistic. Whilst the idea of gymming, showering and being at my desk by 9am sounds like a dream, the 5.30am wake-up call and drive to the gym is pretty painful. So I’ve realised through trial and error (and having the shakes at the gym because I need 4 bowls of cereal to function first thing) that early, early morning workouts just aren’t for me. In order to be realistic and tie-in with my schedule I know that a lunchtime class or gym session is sympathetic to my workload and means that I can make the most out of the AM which is when I’m naturally at my most productive. Night owl I am not. I’m also a person who fiercely guards their weekends and so pencilling in a leg routine on a Sunday just ain’t gonna happen. Instead, at the weekend I opt for a pilates class which Mark normally trundles along to with me (I live for watching his face during the hamstring stretch bits) or some kind of yin yoga routine that I can do in my front room in my PJs with a candle on.

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Try something new. Although my local pilates studio has a fair amount of classes, sometimes their reformer ones just don’t fit into my available slot, so this month I have given some classes a go that I have never tried before and actually that made me quite excited. Firstly I tried Barre, which from what I’ve seen online and on Instagram can mean a million and one different things in the fitness world. The class that I went to was very ballet focused and seeing as I have the elegance of an elephant attempting to prance around in Gianvitto Rossi’s, I wouldn’t say that I was cut out for it, although my inner thighs did sing to me the morning after. I also tried Mat Pilates for the first time and was kind of amazed at just how taxing it could be without the use of weights. That squishy ball is my new nemesis. I’m still a sucker for reformer and a classic resistance session at the gym, but it’s nice to know that I can try different things and not completely suck at them.

Find what you love. I know, real groundbreaking stuff here. But at the end of the day if you don’t love it, then you aren’t going to prioritise it. I’ve realised that right now I really bloomin’ love Reformer Pilates; mainly for the fact that I find it relaxing, whilst being challenging and my local studio is so darn easy to get to. I still enjoy going to the gym, but it’s definitely a runner-up right now. So I’ve adjusted my routine accordingly, skewing more towards reformer and less to the gym, which is not only better for my budget but is also better for my routine because I’m much less likely to cancel because I’m working out in a  way that I really enjoy. Yes it’s made my progress at the gym slower and stunted because I’m now only dropping in there twice a week, but it’s given me a chance to really improve at reformer and give myself a bit of toning and TLC (I can now touch my toes!). Routine locked down. FINALLY.

Photos by Lauren Shipley

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  • Love that purple sweaty betty top

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  • Love the pink bottoms!

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  • Laura Emilia

    I’m finally trying to get back to my routine too (so far, so good!) and I agree that writing your plans down is SO important. I tend to put them in my calendar, and if something else comes up, I’ll try to be really strict and treat it as a date with myself. I wouldn’t cancel on my friends, so why would I cancel on myself? Great tips and beautiful pictures, as always! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • I still only work out from home to not miss any more time with the kids, but finding something I enjoy like The Body Coach is what keeps me going. That and the fact that if I wouldn´t do it, I would have to watch my nutrition more closely…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I stopped working out earlier in the year as I had exams coming up and ever since, I’ve really struggled to get back in the zone. You’re right when you say that writing it down helps, I find that when I write it down in my planner, I end up going to the gym most times! xx
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  • I do wish that I lived in an area where I could walk to class but that’s not the case. None the less, I just tried out spin for the first time with my friend and I GET why people love it so much! When you find your thing, you really find it and stick with it

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  • Kimberly Ann

    You look amazing! I’m really trying to get back on it by doing the TIU 21 day challenge, but I really want to find new classes since those are so much harder to skip. Thanks for the tips!

    Kim

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  • We definitely needed this today. We have been trying to get back into our fitness routine, but it is really hard when everything else pops up. I think writing it down is going to be a big help to us! Thanks Anna!
    -Ash & Shelbs xx
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  • Jenny Jin

    Hey Anna! I’m an early bird when it comes to exercise because I have to be on time for work (9am). I have discovered the bedtime alarm on the iPhone and it has been truly life changing! You should check it out if you haven’t already!

    Love your blog and videos! Xoxo from Philadelphia!

  • I desperately need a fitness routine!

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  • Em

    Such great tips – reformer Pilates is one of my faves as well. I’ve found that Aaptiv is an app that is excellent for at home/travel workouts and keeps things interesting for times that are too hectic to get to the gym/class.
    Have a great weekend!
    Xo,
    Em
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  • So important! To try new things and stay realistic. Thanks for sharing!

    Arden | HELLO ARDEN

  • Emily (byemily)

    Great tips, i’m re-starting the gym tomorrow after a long break and can’t wait to get back into it!

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  • Emily Hammond

    SO needed this post to push me to getting myself to the gym, so thank you!

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  • I love reformer Pilates too and absolutely crazy about barre. So much so my twice a week boot camp session has now been reduced to once a week to make way for reformer pilates and barre classes. xx

  • Great post! I’m getting back into my running/swimming routine, but I’d love (love is maybe too strong- wouldn’t completely hate?) a couple of gym sessions a week, maybe I should look into reformer Pilates!
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  • This post is so, so helpful. I’m trying to get back into a fitness routine after like 4 months off and it’s so difficult! But I’m definitely going to be giving these tips a try!

    Lynnsay x
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  • Shakira Sacks

    You always look so fabulous and I love how motivated you are to get back into, v inspiring for me!

    SHAKIRA / SHAKIRA SACKS

  • Monique

    Great post! I need to get back into the gym again after the post summer break!x

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  • Lisa Autumn

    So inspirational Anna! Thank you!

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  • this post was very helpful 🙂
    Miki x

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  • This post looks like I could have wrote it. I understand I fell of working out the past 2-3 months due to moving. And it sucks, I actually enjoy working out. I can’t wait until I get back to it.

  • elisha mae

    Ah, just what I needed! I’ve only managed to work out TWICE this month and so need to get back on the bandwagon! This motivational kick up the (chubbier) rear was just what I needed 🙂

    Elisha-Maé | http://www.elisha-mae.co.uk