Okay so if you know me, you know I've never been a gym lover and I am certainly no expert but I have been going to the gym a couple of times a week for the last few months and I am trying to turn it into a lifestyle rather than a chore, so I thought I'd share with you my Winter fitness routine to help some of you guys feel motivated to go; even during the cold months.

During the working week I tend to go to the gym after work (I wish I was that person who could get up and go really early but a girl needs her sleep so after work it is!) and I try to go for around an hour. On a weekend I go early when I naturally wake up and I much prefer it but as long as I go a couple of times a week it doesn't matter whether it's morning or evening.

My goal is to lose weight and be more healthy. I know I need to lose some fat before I can start properly toning my body so I do mostly cardio when I go, with some upper and lower body workouts mixed in throughout the week.

I've recently downloaded the couch to 5k app on my phone which is helping me with my running. I cannot run to save my life. I hate every minute of it and I go bright red after about 5 minutes BUT I want to get better at it. I have been following the runs three times a week and I honestly can say I have seen a difference. Now I'm not Mo Farrah but I am getting better and that's the main thing!

I usually run for 30 minutes and then go on the cross trainer for 15 minutes. I sometimes go on the rowing machine too (I really like this machine it makes me feel so energised after I've used it!) and then I do some floor work; usually plank, some sit ups and some bicycle crunches.

Once a week I switch up the routine and add in an upper and lower body workout which involves the leg press machine, doing some leg extensions, wide grip lat pull downs and bicep workouts.

My goal is to just get fitter and feel healthier and more body confident. I also urge you to go to some of the gym classes. I went to my first one on my own recently and was so nervous beforehand but I'm so glad I did it because I feel like they worked me much harder than I would've done myself.

Remember, this is your personal journey to lose weight, tone up or just lead a more healthy lifestyle in general. There is no right or wrong way to do it, just try and push yourself and set yourself small achievable goals.

What exercises do you do when you go to the gym? Let me know below, I'd love some more suggestions.


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