Exercise tips for beginners

At home workouts are on the rise as gyms remain closed, and even I have jumped on the bandwagon of trying to get into shape during lockdown and whilst I have this huge amount of free time! I am by no means a fitness expert, but these are some things I recommend that worked for me:

  • Make sure you do a warm up/cool down activity of some kind to avoid injuries
  • Know what you want to achieve – lose weight, tone up, be generally fitter, and this will help with setting goals
  • Set yourself a goal – make sure it’s realistic! Whether that’s daily, weekly, monthly, having a goal will hopefully help maintain a positive mindset and focus on the purpose of doing the exercise in the first place
  • Buying gym clothes motivated me to use them more as I didn’t want my money to go to waste
  • Add weights/resistance for an extra challenge – I improvise with paint pots for my weights and I bought a cheap resistance band from eBay!
  • I follow pre-made workouts based on what fitness instructors/my friend from uni makes to ensure I’m challenging myself, and then I can easily select which part of my body I want to work each day. I recommend Chloe Ting, Pamela Reif or Lilsfitnessdiary on Instagram (My friend’s fitness page, she is fab!)
  • Change up your routine each day to avoid it becoming tedious, but try and incorporate your exercise amongst your daily routine so it isn’t forgotten!
  • Although I personally hate cardio training massively, it helps massively with 
  • If you’re aiming to lose weight, keeping a food diary to track your calories helps, and makes you realise how many calories are in the sort of items you consume regularly, and which ones you should probably avoid!
  • Observe the technique of professionals so you know your exercise will 1) work and 2) won’t injure yourself
  • Keep yourself hydrated with water to replace the fluids lost in your body after exercise

“The best project that you will ever work on is you”


By BloggingbyHayley

- Lifestyle blogger
- 19 year old Uni student
- England, UK

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