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Making Fitness a Lifestyle + Sticking with it

Making Fitness a Lifestyle + Sticking with it

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Lorna Jane Blue Top // Body Science Leggings // Nike Runners (Similar)

Hi everyone, happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. As you know, over the last few weeks, I’ve been really focusing on making fitness part of my daily lifestyle here in New York and I have to admit, it’s finally starting to become a habit. My aim was never to get obsessed with working out or to be totally hung up on every bite I put into my mouth (I love pasta & sweet stuff too much), but instead to make my daily workout & diet something I truly enjoy. So at the beginning of February, I bit the bullet and joined one of the best gyms out there, EQUINOX. There are so many reasons I decided to join and honestly, I absolutely love it so far! I mainly go to the EQUINOX on 61st Street & 1st Avenue and also do some classes at the 74th street location. EQUINOX is known for their modern interiors, top-class personal trainers & their wide-range of classes (all free with membership). Oh and did I mention the complimentary Khiels products in their changing rooms? For someone who has a soft-spot for anything with a little added luxury, I am in heaven in this gym. As soon as I signed up, the first step was to meet with one of their personal trainers, Megan (who is amazing) and do a full assessment. From the results of this (body fat, technique, etc.), Megan designed a program suited to my specific goals. I’m going to do a separate post all about what strength training (mostly core & arms) & classes I do on a weekly basis, so hopefully that will help some of you with similar goals to me. I’m looking forward to sharing my whole EQUINOX journey with you and can hopefully answer any questions you have.

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Throughout my fitness journey so far, there has definitely been one lesson that has stood out to me. When making fitness a lifestyle, you also have to learn how to actually stick with your new routine and plan. For the first few weeks, I was so full of life and there were so many reasons why I loved this new routine. But fast forward to last week and I honestly don’t think I had ever been so tired in my life. It seemed to me that all this working out was actually giving me less energy!? Which went against ALL of my goals as to why I started. I began to wonder why I was bothering. But determined to stick with it, I sat down at my computer this weekend and literally started googling….& ok wow, there were a lot of things this past 2 weeks that I haven’t been doing right. Obviously, when you start a new fitness regime, your body gets a bit of a shock, so you have to remember to be kind to it. Fitness is one of the best ways to gain more energy, as long as you ensure you are doing the following:

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1. SLEEP: Without adequate sleep, your body is just not going to function to the best of it’s ability. Add in one hour every day where it’s pushed even more in the gym…& it’s no surprise that it now needs that quality sleep more than ever. For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been going to bed at 12 or 1am every night and have been up again at 6am to head straight to the gym. And then I wondered why I was so drained? When working out, it’s recommended that you get 8 hours of sleep each night. To me, that seems like a lot – running a blog as well working full-time means that sleep isn’t always a priority – but now that I’ve added in fitness into the equation, it’s just going to have to be. In order to gain that extra energy which will make you more productive overall during the hours you are awake, you have to ensure you are getting enough sleep each night. Lesson learned by me for sure!

2. WATER: It’s not the easiest thing in the world to remember to do, but you NEED to be drinking enough water each day. And if you’re a big coffee drinker like me, you need even more. They say for every one cup of coffee you drink, you should be having two glasses of water with it. So adding coffee + working out together, without enough water, will inevitably lead to headaches, lack of concentration and that feeling of full-on wanting to nap at your desk. All of which I experienced last week. Pro tip: add some lemon/berries into you water – it makes it a million times easier!

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3. FOOD: What you eat is obviously very important but what’s more important is when you eat it. For example, ensuring that you’re getting enough protein after a workout, to facilitate muscle repair is one of the things I’m really learning the importance of. I still have a lot to learn on this subject but small steps are better than none at all.

4. STRETCH: As well as improving flexibility and preventing injury, stretching will also improve the circulation throughout your body, filling you with energy to perform your daily workout. It’s an easy one to forget, but your body (& energy levels) will undoubtedly thank you for it.

So I hope my mistakes can help you guys avoid them. Fitness is really one of those things where you’re constantly learning, but with a little trial & error, it can really transform your daily routine and very easily become a seamless part of your lifestyle. For more day-to-day fitness updates, you can follow along on Snapchat (retroflame1).

I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Stylishly Yours,

Erika x

{p.s. if any of you would like a trial pass for the 61st street EQUINOX gym here in Manhattan, just send me an email – theretroflame@gmail.com – and I’ll share all the details with you. This is the reward for those of you who actually made it to the end of the post, haha!}


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