Fitness 5 years ago
The Lazy Girl's Guide to Working Out
Hey guys! It’s Hannah back on the blog today sharing my ‘Lazy Girl’s Guide to Working Out!’
I’ve gotten a lot of DMs asking about my workout routine especially after my faux tanning post went live. But the thing is, I absolutely hate working out. I’ve never really been an active person unless you count dance class growing up, and lord knows I don’t have an athletic bone in my body. Make no mistake, I’m fully aware that I’m a very thin human, but I’ve lost all the tone I once had as a dancer. I try to come off as a confident person, so I usually throw around the phrase, “I know I look good, but imagine if I tried?”
So guess who’s trying! I’ve been (semi) consistently working out for the last month or so and I’m very proud of myself. Now the reason I titled this post ‘the lazy girl’s guide to working out’ is because I’m just that: very lazy. So for me, it’s all about finding the motivation and holding myself accountable.
Please note that I’m not working out to lose weight- just to tone!
Keep scrolling to read how I’ve been able to get my butt off my couch and into the gym:
I likened my first trip to the gym in a very long time to ripping off a band-aid. You’ve just got to grit your teeth and do it. After the first trip it got a lot easier. It also helped that Drew came with me.
2. Be Realistic
I’m a schedule person, so when I first decided to start going to the gym- my 6am alarm clock went off and needless to say, I was being a little over ambitious. Some people are morning people (remember when I tried to turn myself into a morning person) and that’s awesome but… I am not. So I snoozed until 7:45 and resolved that I would work out after work.
I also told myself that I would work out three times a week- every other day. Which…worked well for the first week or so until, you know, life got in the way. While I still have the goal to work out three times a week, I don’t beat myself up if I miss a day.
Usually I don’t run on the treadmill, because, well, I hate running. So I usually set myself at a brisk walk with the highest incline and read a book! I know it might sound weird but it really works for me. It keeps me distracted and makes the time go by faster! I’ll usually be listening to music as well.
If reading a book sounds just as bad as working out- watching a tv-show or some youtube videos on your phone is also a great distraction. Plus, I just got bluetooth headphones and honestly, game changer.
4/ Cute Workout Clothes
Sounds cliché, but cute workout clothes really do make it easier to work out! I’m not going to lie to you guys but I usually use my workout clothes as lounge-around-my-apartment clothes. Tbh, half of my workout clothes haven’t ever seen a gym BUT, a cute pair of leggings and sports bra is pretty motivating.
So, here’s the ‘routine’ I follow when I go to the gym. Please note that I’m in NO WAY a pro and I’m using the term ‘routine’ very loosely.
1. 30 Minutes on the Treadmill or Elliptical
So I usually start out on the treadmill or elliptical and read my book, like I talked about above. It gets my heart rate up and I can really feel the burn in my calves and butt. Sometimes I’ll JUST do the 30 minutes and call it a day- but hey at least I did something? Right?
2. Stretching & Pilates
This is where my dance roots come into play. I used to be crazy flexible, so I’m in the process of getting that back. When was the last time you guys were able to touch your toes? Because I think it was senior year for me, lol!
I also really love doing simple pilates moves to tone all over. I’ll start on my hands and knees and bend one knee into my chest and then extend it out and up. I’ll do 3 reps of 10 for both legs.
Then, I’ll lay on my back and do leg lifts or crunches!
Need I say more?
So that’s basically all I do! Like I said- I am NOT an expert but I found that this really works for me! How do you guys stay active?