Alongside blogging I work as a yoga teacher, which I absolutely love! It’s just so rewarding to share something you’re passionate about with others, and I love empowering my students to become stronger and fitter, calmer and more mindful, and just more aware of themselves, inside and out! Yoga is my choice of exercise, but whatever training style you prefer I’ve got a few tips to help you make the most of your workouts, especially if you’re just starting out …
- Have fun!
If you enjoy something, you’re more likely to do it. It’s as simple as that! The hardest part of anything is starting, and we’ve all been there – those grey, cold, rainy days when it’s time to hit the gym but all you want to do is cuddle under your duvet with the new season of your favourite Netflix show. But if you actually enjoy your workout then it makes it that much easier to say no to the Netflix binge and put your trainers on.
- Invest in good gear
Workout clothes do make a big difference – and not just performance-wise. Bright patterns and colours are said to bring us energy and improve our mood. Plus, you’ll feel more confident and happy if you feel you look good, so will be more motivated to get that booty to the gym!
I love these white and peach Nike trainers (£39.99). They’re subtle enough to go with any outfit but have that beautiful pop of peach to keep you feeling summery. Deichmann has an amazing range of sneakers so be sure to take a look for low prices of your favourite sports brands.
- Don’t overdo it
It’s better to build up to longer runs, heavier weights, more intense classes etc. than to jump right in at the deep-end and potentially injure yourself. That’s one of the things I love most about yoga – it’s kind to your body and suits beginners just as much as seasoned regulars. So take your time and listen to your body. Never be afraid to have a break during class – no one is judging! You just do what’s right for you, and your body will thank you for it.
- Warm up + cool down
Don’t skip on warming up and cooling down before and after a workout. Not only will you perform better with some dedicated stretching time, but it also helps prevent injury. Tailor the warm up and cool down to the exercise you’re doing. You want to build a bit of heat through some light cardio and stretch the muscles that’ll be most used during your workout. If you’re doing yoga, warming up should be focused on opening up your body and joints to help you attain deeper flexibility during practice.
- Track your progress
Whether you use an app to get all the stats and intel on every single workout, or just chart your progress with a particular pose or exercise and how it feels a little easier each time, it’s important to monitor your progress. It serves as great motivation to keep going with your gym routine and will show you just how amazing and strong your body can be!