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I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one to have started some sort of health or fitness journey in 2020. However you feel about new years goals and resolutions, the start of a new year is a great time for people to really hit the ground running with what they want for themselves. For a lot of us, that’s improved health and fitness.

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I’ve definitely started my own fitness journey this year. I’ve exercised more during the first 2 months of this year than I had done in around 7 years put together. When my anxiety disorder started back in 2011, exercise was the least of my worries. And over the years, my weight went way down and then way up and I’ve not really been able to get a steady hand on my health or fitness. Until now.

Largely due to my anxiety but also other factors too, which I’ll get into. But the point is, I’m on my own health and fitness journey right now and I’m feeling more motivated than ever.

When I was at school, I wanted to be a fitness instructor. That was my dream. I did extra GCSE P.E, I was in the tennis team and did after school trampolining among other things. I also went to gym loads – I think I was only 16 when I got my first gym membership! That particular dream went down hill when I started sixth form but the fact is, I’ve always loved fitness and sport. Ever since I was much younger.

So being back on my own fitness journey feels great. I love being active again. I love sticking my music on (the Jabra true wireless earbuds are great for workouts!) and being in my body. But there’s been a lot to learn and a lot to think about and I wanted to share those pointers with you today. Things to think about when you start your fitness journey!

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Finding exercise that you enjoy

This is a HUGE one for me because I get very bored when it comes to certain exercises and that immediately makes me not want to do them. We have an exercise bike at home and I forced myself to go on it daily but I hated it. Late last year, I found Holly Dolke on YouTube and signed up to her exercise programme, which I absolutely love!

Investing in gadgets to help you on your fitness journey

When you start a fitness journey, it definitely can be overwhelming. Especially if – like me – fitness hasn’t been on your agenda for so long. It can be hard to know where start, what to do, how to track your progress and how to know if what you’re doing is having a positive impact on your fitness.

So investing in gadgets to help you on your fitness journey might be a good option for you! Fitness watches are great because not only can you find one to suit almost any budget but their purpose is to collect 24/7 health data, which helps you stick to your goals and understand if what you’re doing is working for you. Check out this page for more advice on the Best fitness trackers.

Variety is the spice of life

As well as finding exercise that you enjoy, it’s also useful to do a range of different sports or exercises to keep the variety in your fitness journey. A range of activities won’t only stop you getting bored as easy but it’s also a great way to work and use different muscles and focus on different elements of your fitness. As well as HIIT workouts, I do a lot of Yoga!

Setting realistic and achievable goals

Goals are so important when it comes to health and fitness. Whether it’s the # of pounds you want to drop, a particular dress you want to fit into by a certain date, a certain amount of weights you want to be able to lift or a distance you’d like to be able to run. Goals are SUPER vital when it comes to your fitness journey. By setting realistic and achievable goals, it’ll keep you motivated and always pushing forward.

Mindset is everything

Exercise is physical. But it starts in the mind first. This one kinda ties in with the point about goals but having a positive mindset towards exercise and your own fitness journey is important to help you keep on track. It’s YOUR journey, nobody else’s. It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing, it matter what YOU are doing.

And definitely un-follow anyone on social media that makes you feel bad about yourself! Only follow positive influences.

You don’t have to starve or deprive yourself

Potentially a point for a whole other post but just to sum it up quickly, a fitness journey does NOT mean that you have to starve yourself or deprive yourself of everything you enjoy in order to reach your goals. That’s not healthy or sustainable. We’ve all heard the line: Everything in moderation! Pinterest is a great place to start for a ton of easy, yummy and healthy recipes.

Are you currently on a fitness journey? How are you getting on? What exercises do you enjoy or not enjoy? Do you have any tips for those just starting out on their fitness journey?

63 Comments

  1. Great post, I really liked the part about not having to starve or deprive yourself. I like to follow the 80/20 rule when it comes to diet. 80% healthy but 20% of whatever the hell I feel like eating too :). Gotta enjoy life as well.

  2. Thanks Jenny for the great fitness journey article. MirrorAthlete posted it on it’s FB Ageless MirrorAthlete group page. We are now following you. Cheers!

  3. Great blog article Jenny. I’m the Owner of MirrorAthlete.com. I’m posting your article on MirrorAthlete FB page. Do consider joining/sharing your fit healthy lifestyle posts at FB group page: AgelessMirrorAthlete group and MirrorAthlete page. Thanks… Cheers!

  4. Finding a routine or a set of routines is really important as it helps a person stay interested in their fitness journey. And yes, it is also important to understand that starving or depriving ourselves is only going to deplete us from the inside. Setting, achieving and resetting goals is certainly an important factor to help us continue to remain on-board the pursuit of fitness. It’s a lovely blog. 🙂

  5. Improvement is the greatest feeling, it reinforces so many vital mindset characteristics (e.g. “you can change”).
    And physical objectives is an incredibly efficient means at promoting that mindset.

    There is always a new way to get stronger, or another muscle to develop.
    There’s so much you can do with nutrition and plenty of exploration. Both mental and physical.

    Exercising gives my life its energy!
    In so many ways.

    Non-negotiables of being a living creature are: Movement, Nutrition, and Rest.
    A proper exercise routine hits all of these. The fact that brains even exist is likely due to movement and the need to make calculations.
    You can improve in every way through it! Disicpline, intelligence, emotional well-being, how you feel, etc. Not to mention appearance!

    Simply put, it is pretty important 😉

    I LOVE these kind of things 😏
    Especially the discipline and mental side, as that is what my writing focuses on.

    Great post, thanks for sharing! 😄😄

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  7. I’m kind of on a mental fitness journey if that counts! xD I figured I needed to get a stable hold on that before I get myself back in the gym. Though I have lost 5lbs somehow! haha!

  8. This is a great read! I agree with these points completely and by covering these bases you can put yourself in the best position at the start! Keep going!

  9. I’m honestly useless when it comes to health and fitness. I try routines for a few weeks and then get lazy and bored. I think that being at home so much and being so unmotivated means I’m not even walking enough, so I downloaded an app called The Walk which is a story-based app that unlocks as you walk. It’s really encouraged me to get up and walk about more during the day, and hopefully I can build on that from there and find some activities that I really love doing!

  10. I find that setting small goals and a clear mindset help a lot with fitness! I also get bored really easy so variety is everything for me.

  11. Soo many helpful tips in here!! I am really into my fitness right now ahead of my wedding but I need to make sure I change things up lots so that I don’t get bored!
    Rosie

  12. I’m currently working on getting back ‘into shape’ following breaking my foot. One of my favourite ways to exercise is to go for a long walk as you notice more about your surroundings than when you are in the car

  13. My fitness journey is so so so different to yours. I wasn’t active at all as a kid, didn’t see it as enjoyment at all and had no desire to ever workout. I couldn’t do school PE for about 3 years because of hip problems, so when I say that I did literally nothing, I mean n o t h i n g. Then I woke up one day just before I turned 22 and decided it would be cool to run a marathon one day, would probably like to do it before 30, so started running about two weeks later. I like that it’s something that can easily be done indoors too so there aren’t many weather issues x

    Sophie

  14. Good luck on your fitness journey! I used to think I hated exercise in school (and was made feel lazy) but when I started mine, I found so many exercises I love (otherwise I wouldn’t have lasted) These are great tips, it’s absolutely not about starving yourself!

    Ash | thisdreamsalive.com

  15. I’d like to say I’m on a journey but I’m sitting here reading blog posts about fitness instead of going to the gym like I’m supposed to be this afternoon, aha! On a serious note though, I’m also trying to put it not necessarily first, but much higher on my priorities. It’s not even so much a fitness thing, it’s a health thing: I want to feel stronger in myself both physically and mentally. This has got some great points – love it!

  16. My teenager and I go to the gym twice a week and I like to practise yoga several times a week from YouTube. Fitness is really important for our wellbeing.

  17. I’ve started my fitness journey in September, and it was difficult in the beginning, but some of the things you mentioned helped a lot. I picked exercise hat I knew I’d love (a weekly kickboxing class) to start with, then went step by step to try other types of exercise and go to the gym. My fitbit watch motivates me to move without making me feel pressure or stress if I don’t move a lot one day, and my partner has been super supportive and encourages me every day. It’s still a journey, and it can be easy to be discouraged, but it’s definitely worth not giving up !

  18. Hey Jenny! I’m so glad about that to hear your personal tips for fitness. These were really great for everyone. As well as thanks for your services to present for your readers.
    Be success forever 👏👍🤝

  19. I feel like I’m always on my fitness journey 😀 Like you, I’ve been interested in fitness since I was young. I haven’t been sticking to it too well recently. I find that having an accountability partner helps, or just having the space to work out at home can improve my frequency!

  20. I’ve never been on an actual fitness journey, but started athletics at age 8. Boredom has become my biggest enemy in the 15 years since then. I’d like to join a gym, especially because training indoors is so much more comfortable in the winter months, but I simply can’t afford a membership 🙁

    x Envy

  21. I completely relate to getting bored with exercise – I need so much variety to enjoy it. I find it soooo hard in the winter because of the temperature but I’m hoping I’ll start exercising again soon!

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