The Lazy Girls Guide To Fitness

Not gonna lie, I'm one lazy little shit. Like a lot of women, I tell myself I'm going to make more of an effort to look after myself, exercise and eat right but very quickly (usually before a week has gone by) I surrender, give up and go back to complaining how bad I feel about my body. I'm not as body conscious as I used to be, but I know for a fact I could be a lot fitter as I'm the type who can't even run up the stairs without becoming breathless. So behold, some of my favourite mini exercises to break you in gently. These have been great for keeping me motivated as they don't take up much time but you certainly feel the benefit.

Skipping
I've seen fitness skipping ropes for just £1.99 in places like Decathlon and you can definitely find them in other sports shops for a similar price. Skipping is fun and it also gets your heart pumping that blood around your body. It's also quite good for balance, you can do it at home and just 10 minutes is better than nothing. You could try mixing things up a bit by doing one legged skipping...a little tricky but with practice it'll come. I still can't manage more than 5 one legged skips but I'm getting there! I usually get a right sweat on when I'm skipping and I really feel it in my legs the next day.



Squats in the shower
This one is great for those of us who don't feel like we have much spare time on our hands. I like to try and do between 10 & 20 good quality squats before each product I pick up in the shower and if I'm feeling a bit more adventurous, I'll do some more whilst lathering the shampoo into my hair. It's also a good one for doing whilst brushing your teeth! Squats are really good for those bum cheeks and leg muscles and if you're doing them right, it won't take too long to start noticing a firmer botty and stronger legs.

Push ups against a table
This one is so underrated and people used to laugh at me for doing this literally whenever I could. It's particularly useful when you're waiting for the kettle to boil (do it against the worktop) and it certainly helped me to achieve a full on push up in no time. I couldn't even do one push up before I started doing these, no joke. Also try lady push ups on the floor; you just stay on your knees rather than extend your legs all the way out and it'll help you gain some strength in your arms ready for the real push ups.

Plank
The plank is one of the best things you can do to improve your core strength and is another good one for abs, leg muscles, posture and balance. If you struggle with the timing, try doing 30 seconds worth and increase it by 30 everyday. I like to set myself realistic goals - increasing by a minute for example may seem like too much and off putting so 30 seconds is still increasing it, just a little at a time. Of course, if you find your timing too easy, up it to suit you!

I'm trying to get into the habit of setting myself some little circuits up around the house and with a fitness obsessed husband, he often gets involved and most of the time way too excited to exercise together but I'm grateful for the help he gives me. Having a buddy to do these things with certainly helps! Something that really motivates me is wanting to gain strength rather than loose weight. The likes of Wonder Woman and Brienne of Tarth (from Game of Thrones!) illustrate to me such a huge inspiration for fitness and for me this is kind of a big deal because until this year, all I'd ever want to do is focus on loosing weight and going about it in all the wrong ways. My goal by the end of the year is to be able to do a pull up on a bar we have attached to one of our bedroom door frames and along with my new vegan-in-training diet, I'm aiming to be lot fitter and healthier at the end of the year than I was at the start.

Thanks for reading,





6 comments

  1. I totally feel you on the laziness front - sometimes dragging myself out to the gym just isn't feasible. I LOVE the idea of doing shower squats!

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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    1. They're one of my favourite things to do :D x x

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  2. Omg I LOVE this post. Squats in the shower?! Genius. I love keeping fit and do a lot of running, but since having Dougie my time for gym etc is minimal so these are so helpful. Totally agree with you on how good skipping is, it's so much fun!
    Hels xx
    http://thehelsproject.com/

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    1. I can totally imagine time is struggle when you have a little one, I hope these help you out! :) x x

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  3. Love this! I'm soo lazy too and I'm always telling myself this is the week I'll start making the effort and then I don't. I'm loving your blog right now, we're the same age, same dog situation and I also have a pokemon on my ankle - are you me? 🙈

    xoxo,
    Gemma | gemmahughes.co.uk

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    1. We literally sound like the same person, I'm off to your blog now for a stalk hahaha :') x x

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