joining a gym in 2019

It’s January, the month of New Year Resolutions. The two most popular ones every year are exercising and losing weight, or a combination of the two. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and if you are working on it right now, I’m cheering for you! In today’s post, I want to help you decide whether to join a gym or not. So here’s a list of pros and cons of joining a gym in 2019. Things to consider before joining a gym 1. Structure and accountability It can go two ways – you can go there, not talk to anyone, not have a plan andRead More →

If you’re not among the few lucky people that get to work from home on a regular basis, it means you have to spend a reasonable amount of time commuting. The average commute for a Londoner is 45 minutes to 1h one way, but there are many people (like us) who decide that their living standards are more important than the distance to the workplace and live much further away. I spend 3 hours commuting on every day I go to London, so doing something useful with those 3 hours is pretty important. Otherwise, they just go to waste. When we were living in London,Read More →

For the last three years I’ve been working out regularly, so I can’t say I’m a beginner. But still, Yoga and (mat based) Pilates require almost no equipment and most of my training sessions at the gym were personal training sessions, so all equipment was prepared for me, and I didn’t have to do anything but use it. A few weeks ago we decided to get a gym membership at our local gym in Hertford. We registered, and we started going to classes and use the gym floor for our exercises. And I realized that now I’m on my own. I don’t have someone to put theRead More →

There are many ways to exercise without paying for expensive gym memberships. Free videos, workout dvds, a small home gym and a few other ideas for self care.

Staying healthy can be expensive. Gym memberships can set you back quite a lot, and not all of us can afford it. During the summer months it’s not so much of a problem because you can get outside (park gyms are free!), but in winter, it might seem like there’s no way of getting any good exercise in. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of low-cost or even free options for exercising. Here are some of the best ways that you can keep fit without breaking the bank. Workout DVD’s and online programmes You don’t need to pay for expensiveRead More →

Everyone wants to be healthy these days, but as you’ve probably discovered, it can be pretty hard to wake up early, force yourself into the gym, and get stuck into a good workout. If you’re finding it tough to motivate yourself towards your fitness goals, it may be time for a different approach. There are many more enjoyable ways to improve your fitness and shed some pounds. Here are just a few… Trampolining If you bought your kids a trampoline years ago, then you may have a fun and effective tool for getting fit literally in your own backyard! As your son or daughter willRead More →

As the regular readers of my blog will know, I’ve been taking my health very seriously this past couple of months. In ‘Pimping up my Running Sessions’, ‘February Planning’ and “March Planning” I detailed how I have been hitting the gym and smashing my exercise regime. What I haven’t said is how I cool down, which is just as important as exercise to me. So, here’s a cool down plan that I think everyone will enjoy because it involves a lot of lying down and relaxing! Stretch I always stretch at least the main muscles involved in the previous activity. If I went for aRead More →

Achieving great physical fitness shouldn’t be boring, right? There are sure to be a lot of people who find the suggestion that exercise could ever get boring to be ridiculous. But even people who have kept up exercise for years may suddenly find themselves feeling a little dispassionate about the whole thing. So let’s take a look at ways in which you can change things up! Why you should be exploring new angles in exercise A lot of people make the mistake of sticking to a very rigid and unchanging exercise routine. It may have a lot of running and weightlifting, but they’ll basically justRead More →

Since I started exercising, I’ve had many conversations with many people about this matter. Some were saying they couldn’t do what I do, some saying they should be exercising more but for all different reasons they don’t. I rarely found someone on the same page as me. I probably heard all possible causes for not working out, from serious ones to plain excuses. 7 Most common excuses 1. I don’t have time to workout “I don’t have time”, the mother of all excuses. We use it for *everything* – for not cleaning, not reading, not cooking, not exercising and the list is limitless. First ofRead More →

When it comes to fitness, social media is both wonderful and horrible. And everything in-between. There are people who genuinely want to share their journey and their tips, but also brands that leave meaningless comments and then run away. Faking engagement doesn’t work, at least for me it doesn’t. So if I follow you or not, you can see the reasons below. Instagram Our instagram account is 100% real. We rarely have professional photos done and don’t take part in fancy events. And this is what we’re really about – ordinary people can make health a priority in simple ways. I’m NOT gonna follow youRead More →

At the beginning of the month, I set myself some goals. Publicly, on the blog, to keep me accountable. I joined the “Scream if you want to run faster” programme and went back to the gym after a month of exercising at home. “Scream if you want to run faster” The first 4 weeks of the programme are now completed, which means I’m more than halfway there! Every week we had to do 3 runs, one of which had to be a 5k at full speed. Not only the programme aligned perfectly with my training for the North London Half Marathon, but I got myRead More →