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  1. hoiyinli says

    I really loved reading this post! I’m not a gym goer either. I have been before but I don’t really enjoy it and I feel that it ends up making me focus on on the numbers (because there’s a time count on the machine as well as a calorie burn count) rather than the quality of the workout. And then I end up in a bit of a bad mood because it’s like I went to this place to workout but it didn’t go the way I planned. I never feel like that with HIIT though.

    Since discovering HIIT, that changed everything for me. It suited my need for flexibility, was super challenging and I started to really enjoy exercise for the first time.

    Out of curiosity, how often do you workout?

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you! HIIT always makes me feel good. It’s one of my favourite forms of workout. I probably workout 4 or 5 times a week, but it varies. Sometimes it’s an hour, othertimes it’s 20minutes. 🙂

      • hoiyinli says

        I’ve noticed that you’ve gotten really trim and toned recently! I’ve been more motivated lately to workout…I think I’ve figured my way of self-motivating which is not to go back to the way I was (not ever working out). I’m trying to strike a balance now and I can’t wait for 2019 to be the year of great achievements for fitness 🙂

        • LauraJ says

          I think the hardest part is always the beginning. Like I will avoid exercise for ages and then when I eventually begin, I feel great and enjoy doing it.
          With diet, I try to prepare as much food as I can the night before, and tell myself – these are your treats, this is your main meal and these are your snacks. And then I’m more likely to follow. But at the same time, I don’t think you can be too strict, otherwise you naturally want reason to stop. 🙂

  2. Melina Elisa says

    This was actually a really great post! I love going to the gym, but it took me a very long time to get used to being there. There are still some days where anxiety gets to me, and it’s extremely difficult for me to go. You made me extremely curious about the resistance bands. I have some fat on my arms that makes me feel extremely self-conscious about them, and from what you said, the resistance bands might help! Great post Laura! I would love to see a video of your at home workout xx

    melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl! I love resistant bands!! At first I didn’t think much of them because I thought, they are not exactly weights…what will they do? But if you play around, there’s SO much. You can weight any and every part of your body. They have really changed my arms so I really recommend trying. They are not expensive either. xxx

  3. crystalsandcurls says

    Well, you look absolutely FREAKING AMAZING! So you’re clearly doing something right 😉 These tips are all fabulous and I need to start getting a bit fitter and more toned myself xx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you!!! I’m going to smile the rest of the day now! You have a great body, but I’m confident you’re one of those people who will achieve whatever they put their mind to! xx

  4. Infinite Living says

    I never enjoyed the gym 🙂 Have been maybe 4 days in this lifetime …enough to know I don’t want to go. I truly appreciate your perspective of sharing what worked for you – it takes dedication to follow through with any choice for our fitness goal and you model that very well. Your pictures are gorgeous!

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you! Gyms really are not for everyone. But I think many believe it’s the only way to get fit or to achieve their goals. There is so much on offer now and YouTube and at home fitness programs really help.

  5. Kerry LifeandLoves says

    This is really useful as I am actually incredibly intimidated by gyms. They look scary haha. I do a lot of yoga at home, so my flexibility is good, but as i would like to lose weight, I know I need cardio to fat burn. I have been trying to do lots of hill walking (especially as I climb a mountain in 6 weeks) and Im finding my fitness is slowly but surely improving. Id love to eventually be healthy weight and toned. I think I will see what I can find on youtube. Thanks for the tip xx

    • LauraJ says

      I love hill walks. It’s the best feeling when you get to the top and then a see beautiful view below. Gyms intimidate me a little bit as well. But they just feel too routine and boring. I like working out by myself and not worrying about how I look. Good luck with YouTube – Yoga with Adriene is really good and I think there are some Shaun T workouts on there. Also, if you type ballet fitness, The New York Ballet has uploaded a ballet workout which really tones you up. xx

  6. Mikayla Johnson says

    I have also never been to the gym. The thought of working out in-front of a bunch of strangers just terrifies me. I’ve been trying to get back into a workout routine (at home) so this post couldn’t have come at a better time! Such great tips

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you! Glad you like the tips. I think the hardest thing about at home workouts, is motivating yourself to begin. I usually put on gym clothes and almost schedule a time in, so I don’t make excuses.

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