Lazy Girls Guide To Working Out

I'm the laziest person ever, let's start by saying that. I will always choose to stay in bed for an extra half an hour than get out of bed to exercise. But it gets to a point when you just need to start exercising on a regular basis as overall, it will make an impact on your life. I've never been majorly active, I hated PE as a teenager and would do anything to get out of it (it never worked as the teacher was my form tutor) so it wasn't until I went to university when I started to do something. I've had the numerous gym memberships, it never worked out so it was all about finding the right exercise for me. 

Find an exercise you enjoy - Easier said than done, but if you haven't tried it, then how will you know you don't like it? I've always enjoyed swimming, it's something I have kept up since the young age I started my swimming lessons. So I attempt to go swimming on a regular basis, even if it's once a week after work. Try them all. Find your local leisure centre and sign up for all the classes, just once. It'll be a lot cheaper than joining a gym and finding out the hard way.

Find a time to work out which suits you - As I said, I'm not a morning person. However I'm at my most productive on an evening so if I finish work around 8pm, I will work out at that time. Look at your schedule for the week ahead and fit in at least three slots when you can work out. 

Sign up to something to work towards - Earlier this year, I completed the Nike We Own The Night 10k run. It was amazing, I was so proud of myself, I killed myself training for it but I also realised that I don't enjoy running. But having something to work towards meant that I had to work out, even if I didn't want to. Once you've signed all the forms and paid for it, there's no backing out and you don't want to be the last one crossing the line. 

Work out for free at home  - Just type into YouTube '10 minute cardio' and so so many options will come up. Whatever you fancy doing, you will be able to do in the comfort of your own (heated) home. I even did a few videos last week in my pjs! But a few of my favourites are Ballet Beautiful, 7 Min HIIT Workout, Tone Your Arms by Carly Rowena and 20 Min Lean Legs.

Keep the costs low - When working out at home, you really don't need much at all. All I use is a yoga mat and a two different sizes of weights. These are something which I picked up really cheap from a supermarket and which you can do too. For clothes to wear, you can either go to Nike or Sweaty Betty to buy clothes, or just go to H&M as they do brilliant work out clothes too. As good as the DriFit tops are from Nike, I really like the yoga pants and tops from Gap and Nike. If you're planning on going out for a run, it is worth investing in a warm thin jacket as it's bitter cold outside now and it's just going to get colder.

Find someone to work out with - This isn't for everyone and 90% of the time, it's not for me. But why not ask your best friend, your sister or your boyfriend or whoever to join you? To either go swimming, to a spinning class or for a jog together, it may be fun. I always go to classes on my own, however if I'm working out in the park, I usually get my friend to join me (which is a bonus as he's a personal trainer). But if you're doing it together, it may be a lot more fun and you can just laugh at each other when you're bright red from too much running.

Think about what you want to achieve - Do you want to achieve something while exercising on a regular basis? I personally do it to feel good about myself. Yes, I would love to lose those extra 5lbs, however being healthy and having a positive outlook on yourself is more important. 

Now if you have any tips which I haven't mentioned, share them in the comments below as I'll be taking note!

Luce x