At the beginning of summer, I joined the gym. And it was scary and I didn't know what to do with anything.
Since then I've grown to really enjoy it and it's become a part of my lifestyle and my weekly routine. I tend to go three or four times a week and I've worked out which days to dedicate to which body parts and when to do cardio etc. I thought it would take a long, long time to actually find it enjoyable, but here we are.
Each week I do a leg/butt day and an arms/abs day, a cardio day, and a whatever I feel like day if I do the fourth workout. I like to change up what I do a little each session so it doesn't get tedious, but the general outline is always fairly similar (or else I'll forget what I'm meant to be doing ha).
Most of the workouts I do are based on ones I've found online, and YouTube in particular is an amazing place to help you start working out. One of my favourite channels is GraceFitUK; she's got some great workouts on there and really good concise exercise plans to target certain areas with and without weights and gym equipment. She shows you the moves and how to perform them accurately and then you're good to go, which is pretty great if you ask me.
My favourite thing about the gym is how I feel afterwards. Naturally I'm not feeling too cute with my tomato face, but I feel like I've worked my body and am getting healthier. And I feel stronger and happier and like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders (metaphorically and literally). I truly love how it makes me feel and I think it's something I'll keep up for a long time.
One thing I'm planning on adding to my gym routine is some HIIT workouts, as they seem great for your overall fitness and are a good way to lose body fat. I'm not going to the gym specifically to lose body fat, but when it comes to this kind of cardio I would like to see how HIIT works and the results of it. I think trying something is the only way of working out if it's for you or not, so I'm definitely going to give it a go.
In terms of gym goals, I don't have anything specific I'm trying to achieve. I'm generally trying to improve my strength, stamina and overall fitness. Losing a dress size would be nice, but it's not something I'm set on achieving, as I would rather just be healthy. I like the way things are going and I'm hoping that by the summer time I'll have refound my confidence and feel okay wearing shorts and skirts and whatnot. The gym is very good for my mental health as well as physical, and I'm learning to be more comfortable in my own skin and happy with the body I've got.
Until next time.