My Current Fitness Routine | August 2017

hayleyxmartin | MY CURRENT FITNESS ROUTINE

One of the main things I have been focusing on over the past month is my fitness. I enjoy working out but struggle to stick to a routine, especially in my previous job. I would be out of my house from 7am to 7pm at a minimum, by the time I got home the last thing I wanted to do is workout. When I left my job I made it my main priority to have a consistent routine. At first, this didn’t exactly go to plan. About a month after leaving my job I noticed I was gaining weight on my stomach and felt very bloated. When I thought about it, I was spending alot of time sitting at my laptop and barely walking around. This triggered me to make a change as I don’t really have an excuse anymore not to be in control of my fitness.

I am not the type of person to go to gym, in fact I have never been to one. This is different for alot of people, it all depends what motivates you. Personally, I find routines on YouTube and Pinterest and follow those. Also, I want to stress that fitness for me is not about being a certain weight. I do it look and feel good, my main aim is to look healthy and toned! I eat whatever I want, but am very aware if I have been eating too much rubbish. Exercise really benefits mental health, confidence, self esteem and energy levels.

My Current Fitness Routine

I have three different focuses that help me to increase the amount of exercise I am doing and to target the areas I want to tone:

  • Step Count
  • Cardio Workout
  • Toning

Step Count

When I started feeling bloated about a month ago having quit my job a month before that. I realised I was doing hardly any steps compared to when I was working. To increase this again I started taking my dog for a long walk. I use S Health on my phone to track my steps. S Health is a standard app on Samsung phones, there is probably an equivalent on Apple or other phones. My goal is 10000 daily, this is the standard target that is set on S Health. I don’t always achieve this, but I generally try to be above 5000. My walks can vary anywhere from 45mins to an hour and a half. I then also complete cardio and toning workouts as explained below. I do not know my step count with these included as I don’t hold my phone, hence why I try and get my steps to 5000+ just with my morning walk. If I am headed out during the day this is not difficult to achieve.

Cardio Workout

I love walking but I know that it is not going to be as effective in burning fat. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t want to lose loads of weight, just the extra that I had put on my stomach. To do this I knew I would need to start doing a high intensity workout. My favourite that I am doing at the moment is by Fitness Blender on YouTube. At first, I could barely complete the workout but now I can keep up and finish the workout. It’s not as intense as the Insanity workouts but it definitely gets my heart rate up. At the moment I complete this workout every other day. Depending on how I feel I will do a shorter length toning workout afterwards. Check out the Fitness Blender cardio workout that requires no equipment HERE!

Toning

I have loved toning workouts for years. My favourite workouts target butt and abs. I have used workouts by ToneItUp for ages, they are easy to follow and I feel they are very effective. To make them more difficult you just need to increase repetitions or circuits. I love that you can find printable versions of their workouts on Pinterest. I love doing some of these whilst watching TV if not part of a full workout as mentioned in the section above. Check out my favourite ToneItUp workouts:

 

Workout Tips!

  • Find when your best time to workout is: morning or evening?

  • Do you prefer the gym or workout from home?

  • Put together a playlist.

  • Complete a workout at your own pace.

  • Stretch afterwards to reduce pain the next day!

  • Drink lots of water

  • Make it fun, find exercises you enjoy

 

I hope you have found this post helpful and has possibly inspired your workout routine!

Leave a comment explaining your routine or what you wish to do in future.

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// This is not a sponsored post. I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned. //

6 Comments

    • hayleyxmartin
      hayleyxmartin
      August 12, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Thats great Courtney!! I’ve never been able to run far xx

  1. August 13, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I have a hard time getting motivated with exercising so I know I have to do it in the morning and listen to music to actually do it. Having a routine seems like it would be SO helpful, I will have to start one for myself xx

    https://www.brynnieblogs.com

    • hayleyxmartin
      hayleyxmartin
      August 13, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      It’s tough getting yourself to actually do it!! But feel so much better after. Try adding different workouts into your routine, that way you are more likely to stay interested rather than doing the same workout all the time xx

  2. August 14, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Found this really interesting to read and I love doing the Tone It Up workouts as well, I often do a lot of Blogilates workouts too so I’d recommend you check those out! 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • hayleyxmartin
      hayleyxmartin
      August 14, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      I have tried a few Blogilates workouts, but I seem to enjoy ToneItUp more! Maybe I will incorporate some of Blogilates to help switch up my routine. Thank you Julia! xx

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