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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Getting Motivated To Work Out

Finding the motivation to work out is something I have found quite difficult. I never quite knew how to get back into it after giving up dancing around four years ago. I don't really feel comfortable going to the gym and the price of a membership seems pretty expensive to be perfectly honest. Since giving up dancing, I have gradually become more unfit, which is disappointing as I used to get through a ninety minute dance class without much trouble. I have decided to start working out in the comfort of my own home, which is way more relaxing and carefree than going to the gym. To get motivated to work out, I've taken some steps which will hopefully help me, and you as well if you're looking into getting into working out.

I came to the decision that in order to get fit, I was going to need some guidance on exercise routines, as I wouldn't know where to start on my own. So, I had a browse on Amazon and came across Davina McCall's newest fitness DVD, 5 Week Fit. As I've only just started finding the motivation to work out, I haven't used this much yet but so far it seems pretty good. It comes with a five week plan that tells you which of her routines to do on each day of the week, so you're working on different areas of your body on different days. There are rest days that have been scheduled into the plan too, which is useful (and relieving). I'm going to try to stick to this plan, but at the beginning I know it's going to be hard as my body needs time to strengthen up. So far my muscles are aching quite a bit after working out (especially today, ouch). Once I've used this DVD a bit more I might do another post to update you on how I'm getting on with it.

Buying workout clothes also gave me motivation to get into working out. I knew if I wanted to work out, I wanted to feel good and confident in what I was wearing. Plus, wearing sportswear that I've picked out and really like helps me to get into a better mindset and routine for working out, which is a huge bonus. It's almost a feeling of excitement, as I want to work out so I can wear my new clothes, haha! I bought a black sports bra and some black, khaki and teal sports leggings from Missguided, which I absolutely love. If you're looking to buy new sportswear, I'd definitely recommend Missguided as they have some lovely pieces in their active range. 

Another thing I did to get me more motivated to work out was creating a playlist on Spotify. Listening to my favourite songs really helps to get me pumped up and makes me put more effort into my workout. Personally, medium/fast-paced songs make me work harder and help me get more out of my workout, but of course it's entirely up to you what you listen to. Some of my favourites to listen to are Right Now by Rihanna, One by Swedish House Mafia and Stronger by Kanye West.

Do you do anything that helps you get motivated to work out? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear your tips!
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  1. I have no motivation to do exercise but I suppose I should buy a few pieces from Missguided first!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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    1. Would really recommend them if you're thinking about it, some of their pieces are so nice! xo

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  2. This is such a helpful post because I always struggle to find this motiviation! I love your blog by the way <3 x

    www.monochromeroses.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. So glad you found it helpful! And aww thank you lovely, that means a lot! Will take a look at your blog :) xo

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  3. ahh love those leggings! great post!

    xo
    http://itsevelina.com/

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    1. So glad you love them too! And aw thank you so much :) xo

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  4. i really struggle with working out but music definitely helps, i think i should probably invest in some workout clothes to start!

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Music really helps me too, makes me so much more motivated and ready to work hard! Missguided is a great place to look, let me know if you find anything! :) xo

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  5. I recently did a tips for exercise beginners if that would interest you at all :-) great post!

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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    1. That sounds great, definitely going to have a read of that! :) Thank you lovely! xo

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  6. Like you say, a good playlist can really help keep you motivated! I also think having a bit of schedule can help, if you're an organised person that is!

    I love the look of your blog by the way...it's beautiful!

    Hannah :) http://hannahmadam.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It makes such a difference doesn't it! I think that's a great tip, helps to keep you on track! Aw thank you so much, that's very lovely of you to say :) I will definitely take a look at your blog too! xo

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  7. I'm rubbish at motivating myself to workout. I'm definitely going to try buying new work out clothes - that's such a good tip :) xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. Aw I'm so glad you found it helpful! Let me know how you get on :) xo

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  8. I need all the motivaion I can get with working out haha!

    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

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    1. I know it can be hard to get into it, I'm still adapting to it as well! I hope these tips helped you in some way :) xo

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  9. I really need some motivation to get fitter I'm terrible with exercise and do practically none except walking up the stairs haha - I must say nice work out clothes is always a good thing!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. That was the same as me, I felt like I wasn't doing anything anymore to keep fit and I felt so guilty haha! So going to try my best to stay motivated :) and you're so right, it's definitely helped me feel more prepared for working out! xo

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  10. Gah this is exactly what I need this time of year! I'd love to give that DVD a try, I'm a sucker for DVD's haha, especially when the weather outside is so dreary! Right now I'm loving Ballet Beautiful by Mary Helen Bowers :D love your blog, I'm now following on GFC! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (doing follow for follow on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. The DVD is great so far, definitely some amazing workouts in there from what I've tried already! And tell me about it, the weather is so bad so working out indoors with a DVD is just perfect! Aw thank you so much, will take a look at your blog :) xo

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  11. I find making a new playlist for working out, really inspires me! xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Me too, definitely makes a huge difference! xo

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  12. Hi I found your blog after replying to comments on my blog and fell in love with your blog. I'd love to collab with you

    Georgia || Fromnovemberr.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aww thank you so much, that's so kind! Would be great to collab! :) xo

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  13. I really needed to read this, I'm so awful at motivating myself to exercise. I have found new clothes combined with a kick-ass playlist really helps! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

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    1. Glad you found it helpful Jodie! :) And yeah it definitely makes a big difference doesn't it, it really helps motivate me! xo

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  14. I reallly need this haha starting from tomorrow I'm going to work out! x

    www.beckieeschle.com

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    1. Aw glad it inspired you and good for you! Let me know how you get on lovely :) xo

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  15. Motivation to workout is something I've lost towards the end of last year and I'm so gutted that I haven't gotten back into it. I definitely need to get some workout clothes for motivation .Your Misguided pieces are gorgeous, Hannah!

    May | THE MAYDEN | bloglovin'

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    1. I know the feeling, it's so frustrating when the motivation just isn't there! Aw thank you so much, I'm glad you like them! :) xo

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  16. I have a few of Davina's work out dvd's and I think they're great
    The Lipstick, The Girl and Her Wardrobe

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    1. So far I'm really enjoying it, so many good workouts! xo

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  17. I totally want to start working out more, and I'm thinking about going to yoga classes and getting a membership to a gym. Buying new workout clothes would definitely get me excited to start getting shape too! I love those Nikes by the way! x

    tia-faye.blogspot.com

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    1. That sounds great! And yeah it's definitely helped for me, I love my Missguided pieces so much! Aw thank you so much! :) xo

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  18. Great tips! I am in love with your blog by the way, it's so chic and cute!
    -Morgan x
    www.justmorgs.com

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    1. Glad you liked them! Aw thank you so much! That's so kind :) xo

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  19. Great tips - I've been needing some motivation recently! <3

    Maisy Meow | Fashion and Lifestyle

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    1. So glad you found them helpful! :) xo

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  20. I love your trainers! Completely agree that buying new workout clothes gives you motivation to actually work out :) I've also found that I'm much more likely to stick with fitness activities that I enjoy, like aerial hoop or swimming, than ones I don't enjoy! xx
    www.chasingbelle23.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you so much! I love swimming, so I should definitely try doing it more often! Thanks for your tip :) xo

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  21. You should try Charlotte Crosby's fitness dvd's they seriously keep you motivated and the music is so great and fast paced, it definitely makes you sweat. xx

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    1. Oh wow they sound great! Thanks for letting me know lovely xx

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