It's definitely not a secret that I've found the past few weeks very stressful, but things are finally on the up and one thing that I can thank is exercise.
It began as a new years resolution... then I got lazy.
Then, I brought a gym membership...and I didn't go. But finally, last Monday I actually got back into the routine.
And to be completely honest; I feel so much better for it!
All those endorphins that have started to buzz around my body have made what seemed like a mountain, into a molehill.
I also think that it's about time I started getting bikini ready, not just for summer; but for ever.
I don't pretend to be an expert, by any stretch of the imagination, I just thought that I would share some of the tips that I have found have helped me to get started.
I needed a little bit of inspiration so I started by looking at some fitsperation pictures on Pintrest.
If any of you feel like toning up, Pinterest is a great way to start as you can make your own fitspo mood board which you can look at every time you need an extra little kick up the bottom.
I thought I would share just a few of my favourite's with you, just to kick things off.
Before and after pictures are also a great starting point if you feel lacking in the motivational department.
Regardless of your opinion on Miley Cyrus, I don't think there's anyone who can dispute how good she looks in this before and after.
If any of you fancy taking a scroll through my Fitsperation board then you can do so on my Pinterest.
If your serious about getting in shape, then you really don't have to do it in the gym. As long as your getting yourself moving, your already doing 100% better than you were yesterday.
I also find that having a nice gym kit really helps as it makes you want to get out and wear it more.
These are a few things on my gym lust list.
Now that you've got your gear sorted, you need to pick your exercise.
I have a friend who loves her Zumba DVD and has seen great results, one who swims and another who loves to go for evening Jogs.
The gym is the place for me though, but like I said everyone is different. If you are planning on joining a gym, I highly recommend The Gym, it all feels a bit like you've been chucked into a parallel gym/space universe, which is always a plus.
Once you've got your motivation, your kit and you've joined the gym/ brought your DVD; all you need to do is set yourself a target.
This is personal to everyone, and only you know what you are capable of (which I guarantee is a lot more than you first thought).
My main advise on this subject would be to set your self a larger goal, like, 'I want to have abs by summer'. And then set yourself weekly targets. Like, I want to be able to run for 30 minutes on the treadmill by the end of this week. Or I want to be able to do 100 sit ups by the end of the week.
Last but not least; stop weighing yourself!
muscle weighs a lot more than fat so it is better to go by how you feel in your clothes; and if you really must measure your progress, take before and after pictures or use a tape measure.
Being skinny is unhealthy, being toned and fit is much, much more attractive.
Let me know if you have any good fitness tips!