03 November 2016

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Part 2

I loved writing the introductory blog post to my ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’ series. To be honest I was so nervous about publishing it as I’d never shared so much personally on my blog before. I had such a positive response though that I thought I’d update you with a part 2.

Over the past few weeks my gym schedule has gone amiss due to work demands. Now that I’m back out the other side I thought I’d let you know what I do, when I eventually make it to the gym. I prefer to go to the gym after work at about 6pm as I sort bits and pieces out around the house in the morning. I typically spend around 50 minutes in the gym and I like to go 3 times throughout the week. I also really enjoy going for a swim, jacuzzi and steam room when I have a bit more time on the weekends. I’m really lucky that my gym is on the way home from work, or 15 minutes from my house if I’m making a separate journey. If it was any further, I honestly don’t think I’d make the effort to go.

My typical gym routine consists of…
- 10 minutes cardio warm up (I admit, the cross-trainer is my favourite)
- Pullover - 15kg, 3x 10 reps
- Pec Dec - 5kg, 3x 10 reps
- Chest press - 12.5kg, 3x 10 reps
- Ab Crunch - 25kg, 3x 15 reps
- Triceps extension free weight 5kg, 3x 10 reps
- Inner thigh- 25kg, 3 x 10 reps
- Rotary calf - 30kg 3 x 10 reps

As I said in my first post I am a complete gym novice and I would class myself as ‘unfit’. I really enjoy this routine as it gives me a whole body workout and I feel like it’s helping me make steps in the right direction. We all have to start somewhere right? I would love to develop my gym routine further, my ultimate goal is become stronger and healthier, not necessarily skinnier.

My mental health has been on the up lately which has left me feeling really positive. I love being busy and keeping myself challenged so I think I’ve subconsciously been thriving on my current faster pace of life. I have also been giving myself some well deserved 'me time' when I've had the chance too. Taking 10 minutes out of your day to really focus on 'you' can do wonders for your mental outlook and attitude.

My diet has stayed the same over the last few weeks with my calorie intake being around 1,600 per day. I log everything on ‘My Fitness Pal’ which I love. I find it a great way to keep track of your calories and nutrients as well as what your actually eating. I have started prepping my meals for the week on a Sunday which has saved me a ton of time in the mornings. I am planning on doing a dedicated post on my meal prepping discoveries over the next few weeks so keep a look out for that one coming soon... xoxo

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