Monday, 20 July 2015

Introducing … Face Up Fitness


Keeping my body fit and healthy is as important to me as looking after my skin. I’ve been going to the gym for over 10 years, training three times a week (give or take).

I trained throughout both my two pregnancies, and got back into training as quickly as I could after giving birth (exactly three months after – I know that because it was the age from which I could leave a new baby at the gym’s crèche).

If anyone reading this is newly pregnant and wondering whether to continue with exercise during the next nine months, I would encourage you to do so, provided that you are feeling up to it and your GP has given you the ‘OK’.

I know that maintaining my exercise programme enabled me to regain my pre-pregnancy body, as much as is possible - childbirth takes a big toll on every mother's body, and some permanent changes are inevitable.

But despite my passion for exercise, and the massively positive effect it has on our skin, I have only mentioned my fitness regime in passing on my blog - until now! There’s a reason for that: for most of those 10 plus years, my training has not changed. I’ve done the same thing week-in, week-out: warm-up followed by 45 minutes of cadio, and 15 minutes of free weights.

That wouldn’t make for a very interesting read on my blog! Crucially for me, it has meant that I have simply been maintaining my fitness, not increasing it.  Then in March this year, something big happened! I started working with a personal trainer!

In a nutshell, my PT has switched around my training so the emphasis is now on weight training rather than cardio. I’ve also added an extra day a week to my schedule, plus I’ve made some minor (and I do mean minor) changes to my diet (more on all that later).

The experience has transformed me both physically and mentally. Four months down the line, I am fitter than I have ever been before, my energy levels have improved significantly, and I’ve leaned-up (gained muscle and lost fat). I feel a million dollars!
Some of My Gym Kit

I have also learned a lot. I’ve discovered what exercises work which areas of the body – I’ve dispensed with outdated ones that I had been doing pre PT. I’ve also got to know more about nutrition (good and bad foods as far as training is concerned) – this last one is a bit of a sticky subject, it has to be said, as I have a terribly sweet tooth and I love my carbs!

I am fired up about my new way-of-life (and it is as significant as that) to the point that I want to start writing about it on my blog. With that in mind, today I’m launching Face Up Fitness, a new regular slot on Face Up Beauty. I’m not sure at this point exactly how often I’ll be posting the feature, but I’m currently thinking of doing it monthly, as a sort of fitness update.   

I’m looking to kick the series off properly next month, with tips on how to stay motivated at the gym. Joining a gym only to then give it up six months later is a common scenario - I have friends who have done this. But there are ways to keep your interest up.

Well, that’s enough about me. What about you? Do you train at a gym? Or do you prefer to be outdoors running or cycling? Or perhaps swimming is your passion, or maybe you play games like netball, volleyball and tennis? I’d love to hear, so please leave a few words in the comments section below telling me about your love of fitness. 
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  1. I used to go to the gym regularly (almost everyday) when I was at university because it was free, but I've just moved to Paris for my year abroad and finding it difficult to find ways to stay fit for a small price. My training used to be pretty much exactly like yours - a long cardio session and a bit of weights; but I'm really keen to get more into weight lifting. Look forward to reading more about your new fitness series :)

    Laura @ What's Hot?

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    1. Thank you Laura. It's so comforting to hear this - I had been in two minds about doing the fitness posts. I was going to suggest try running outside, Paris being so beautiful, but that's not really going to help with weights. How about getting a set of dumbbells and working out at home? Tx

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  2. Pregnancy really does take a toll on your body, I had a really bad pregnancy and was bed bound for most of it which was awful as I was really active before having my daughter and then just kind of fell into a slump of being accustomed to being lazy afterwards. I however changed up my life this year and started running again, I also do a lot of weight training too to go hand in hand with my weight loss journey so I am looking forward to seeing your posts xx

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    1. Well done Charli, that you picked yourself up after the awful pregnancy experience. Especially hard when you were active before. Running and weights is great combo. Do stay in touch as I'd love to know how things progress with your training. Tx

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  3. Amazing post thanks for sharing. Amazing you still could work out whilst being pregnant :)

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    1. Thank you Marina. That means a lot. I had two fairly easy pregnancies to be fair, but the giving birth bits were... not so good. I won't go into detail but I'm glad it's behind me now, lol! Tx

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  4. I'm definitely gym shy but having over hauled my eating habits, cut out dairy and finally listening to my body it's something I'm want to start up. Once my dislocated shoulder has healed! xx

    Alice Anne // Annie Writes Beauty

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    1. Great that you've overhauled your eating habits. The diet bit is the more challenging part for me. Dislocated shoulder - ouch! Hope it gets better soon. I'm currently nursing a pullled adductor muscle. At least I think it's pulled or possibly it has a slight tear - I'm going for an ultrasound scan next week (possibly the subject of an upcoming post I'd say!). Tx

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  5. I need the motivation tips, please! I admire you and your gym motivation and gym routine, and I confess: I really really would love to be that way - but I know you or anyone reading the comment will say "well, you just have to start". But you know some kids saying "I hate brussels sprouts? Kale? Broccoli?" Well, I like these things, but I feel like that towards gym... but I promised my two brothers - who were medalists! to start with them next month... hope I can keep my word... :)
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Oh go for it Denise. Having others to workout with is definitely one way to get motivated - hey, that's my next feature :). Though training with your brothers? They would probably be quite hard on you, yes? I jest!! Brothers who were medalists, blimey, I can't think of better partners to train with :). But I know it can be hard keeping a regime going if your heart is just not in it. Tx

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  6. Wow, I wish I had your motivation, what an amazing routine x

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    1. Thanks Rachel. I love it but trying to fit everything in to my life has become a bit of a challenge. Though I know how hectic your life is too! :) Tx

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  7. I wish I was more like you, just can't get motivated :) x
    http://insaneaboutmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'll be talking about motivation next month. I hope some of my tips might help :) Tx

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