About two years ago I found exercise and it literally changed my life. I joined a gym and actually managed to stick to it. I found doing a variety of class exercise really worked for me. Exercise became part of my everyday routine and if I am totally honest I got a bit obsessive when I started seeing results. I lost over a stone and a half and saw muscles I hadn't seen since my pre- children days.
I opened my showroom on my 40th birthday a little over 4 months ago and it took complete priority in my life. I was ok about letting the exercise slip and thought I would just squeeze in a few classes each week, rather than every day. I can hear you all saying that is perfectly normal but I have put half a stone on and completely lost my enthusiasm for the gym.... that makes me incredibly sad as I type those words.
I couldn't quite believe how fast that actually happened but there you have it, I have said it out loud. My clothes size hasn't changed which is really odd but oh man I wobble!! The wobble is real!
I have decided to take action. I have joined a brand new gym to add a bit of spice to my workouts and no more excuses about there not being enough classes. My new gym David Lloyd has classes running all through the day at times that suit me.
I think this is a really common story for so many of us and I wanted to reach out and let you know we are all the same. Nobody is perfect!!
I think it is all about setting myself some new goals but realistic ones that I can actually achieve and maintain. At David Lloyd they have this amazing thing called Boditrax. It basically reads all your body stats including your BMI, muscle mass, fat mass, ideal weight and much more. It even gave me my metabolic age which made me VERY happy... let me just slip it in here 25!!! That was one of the only figures I really loved reading on the screen. They then can create a personalised workout programme tailored just to you and your body. I had my programme set by a lovely lady called Becky, she set me up with some really interesting exercises on the gym floor using new (to me) equipment. We also looked at the class timetable and set out which ones would challenge me and help me reach my new goals.
There are some amazing offers on at the moment at David Lloyd, they are promoting a 3 month membership which is perfect for families over the summer holidays. They have so much for little ones to do, they have summer camps, swimming and arts and crafts. Milton Keynes also has an amazing outdoor pool which I have been making full use of this week!
If you feel changing your exercise location is too drastic for you I also think investing in some new gym gear is always a winning move. It tends to give me an extra bit of motivation. Trying a different type of exercise is another good tip. Your body gets used to your routine and style of workout quite quickly, I think for me moving gyms, meeting new people and trying something new will hopefully give me the kick start I really need.
I will let you know in a few months time how I am doing.... LOVE Hayley x