My attitude towards all things health & fitness has come a long way since the days of high school P.E, where it would be a major ask for me to do more than be the Goal Keeper in a netball game or swing a bat in rounders.
I started going to the gym around Spring 2016, but honestly, I had no idea what I was doing. For the first month or so I’d spend my time sweating it out on a static bike or cross trainer, avoiding the treadmill at all costs. Turns out I really don’t like traditional cardio; I got really bored and almost called it quits.
Shortly after this I built up the courage to go into the testosterone-fueled resistance room. As it happens, I enjoy weights and resistance much more than cardio. I feel like I’m making a difference to my body without almost dying on the treadmill. Of course, cardio is important, and I’ve now found new ways around it, but resistance is where it’s at for me.
As I’ve mentioned before, I recently read Zanna Van Dijk’s book, Strong. This book changed my attitude towards fitness almost instantly (You can read my full review here). As I made my way through the book, I began to see that health and fitness doesn’t have to be a chore; you can tailor your routine to suit your personal needs, fitness level and lifestyle. You don’t even have to touch a treadmill!
I’m now going to the gym 2-3 times a week for resistance training, with a home HIIT session at the weekend, usually Tabata/circuit style or with a simple skipping rope. I’m starting to get a feel for what I like, what I’m capable of and what I actually need to do to get strong and fit.
If you’re new to health and fitness, here are some of my routines from last week to get you started. I’m by no means an expert; if you want more information I’d strongly recommend Zanna’s book.