Life without Anorexia

My motto is
'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'

My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

How to make progress with your workouts

If you dont workout, dont like exercising  or find reading about exercise triggers you, then you can just skip this post!!

Ive been getting quite alot of questions about how to make progress with exercise! It all depends on what type of exercise you do and what type of results you want to see.  I mean if you want to get stronger then running for an hour everyday isnt going to help that, just like if you want to get faster or have better stamina with running then running the same route 5 days a week isnt going to help you make progress.

The two things which most people do wrong  when it comes to wanting to see/feel progress is that they dont challenge themselves enough, which is something im not so great at either. I can easily get into a routine and just stick to that because i enjoy it. Which is fine, there is no requirement that you have to step outside of your comfort zone all the time. But if you have goals you want to reach, then that is almost always what you have to do... because well if you dont see results with what you're doing, then you need to do something different. Its not always easy to know what you need to do different, but i will write about that lower down.
  But also people arent eating for their goals. Because the truth is, youre not going to get stronger or build muscle if you are eating too little.  And you're not going to get stronger if you do loads of cardio everyday.
  But also, you're not going to get faster or have more stamina or endurance if you arent eating properly or enough, You need to fuel your body properly so that you can get the results you want!

I can tell you from my own experience whenever i eat more or increase my carbs i always have more energy and when i combine that with a new workout routine or trying something new then its like *BAM* progress.

All exercise is different and what you need to do varies but challenging yourself and enough food are key to results.

Example if you want to get faster at running begin doing HIIT 1-3 times a week and maybe 1-2 tempo/same pace runs. Or try hill running.
 If you want to build endurace then run that extra 200m next time you go running... push yourself that little bit farther, thats how you see results. If you keep doing the same thing you will get the same results.

When it comes to strength training every 4-6 weeks change your workout routine... try new exercises. Vary from low reps with high weights to high reps with low weights. Do something new... try doing super sets, do that extra 2 reps even when you feel you cant.
 
If you want to get better at football/basketball/tennis etc then PRACTISE. PRACTISE. PRACTISE. Eat more, give yourself more energy and practise technique. It can also help to start doing HIIT 1-3 times a week so that you get better at doing those quick sprints necessary without feeling like your going to colllapse.

Exercising DOESNT require goals it can be done just for dun and enjoyment. But sometimes you do have goals - please try to NOT focus so much on the physical goals but goals such as endurance, more strength, faster etc not just..... a toned stomach, toned legs, bigger arms etc.. instead focus on other aspects, not physical. Its more achieveable and feels better when you FEEL stronger, not whether you have visible abs or not.


Change something, challenge yourself, do something different and make sure to eat ENOUGH!





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