Getting fit doesn't have to be as complicated as you might think, I know when I first started to get my wheels into gear and the momentum started to build, I was presented with one big obstacle. Everything I wanted or needed required £££ and at times it felt like I would need to consider a few Quick Loans just to kit out my gym kit and actually sign up for a membership!
When you think about what it will take to get fit it is only natural to create hurdles in your own mind, when you think about it though and realise what you actually need to do in order to reach your goals, it's actually a lot more simple than you might think.
Ultimately you need to eat less and move more.
You Don't Need a Gym
That really is the general consensus here, with emphasis on the move more. You don't even necessarily need to join a gym, you could do it all from home. This is what I do these days, I am saving a bomb now I don't have to pay for the gym, and because I now work out in my own living room, I can get up in a morning and smash my work out before anyone else is even awake, I can do it later in the evening when Leo has gone to bed, and I can make sure that it fits in entirely with my schedule.
Over time I have purchased weights and things to use at home, my settee has a bar bell hidden behind it at the moment, along with a kettle bell and a medicine ball. You would never know it to look at it though, and my cupboard under the stairs is home to my beasty Bowflex Dumbbells, they really are my babies and I love them dearly. I just this week upped the weight to 7kg, which might not sound a lot, but it's a step in the right direction for me, and it completely blitzes my arms!
To start out with though you could simply use large bottle of water as Dumbbells or even tin cans. You don't need to fork out a fortune, you don't need the latest designer gym kit, all you need is a work out space, drinking water and a towel if you intend to get a sweat on.
I would highly recommend getting down to your local Lidl or Aldi at some point this month as they have had some great fitness wears in recently at great prices!
I even get the puppy involved, if it's not for cardio then he often joins in my work out's like this...
Use the Internet
All you need to do is have a look online to see what fitness routines you can find. The Bodycoach often has some amazing HIIT work outs available on his YouTube account, and they really will get the sweat dripping and the blood flowing.
Having a look online also gives you the opportunity to try new things out in the comfort of your own home without the pressure of signing a contract or parting with any money.
I personally follow Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide, and I have done since the beginning of 2015. This is something I pay for, but it is a routine that I always go back to because it really motivates me and shows me how capable I am when I am consistent and hard working.
Sometimes it is the mere prospect of going at it alone that put's people off starting a new fitness routine. There was a time when I would have refused to go out for a run on my own, but the further I have got into this fitness lark, suddenly it doesn't phase me at all anymore. Of course it is still nice to have that support, but trust me when I say that you are more than capable of smashing goals solo.
When I started out my sister in law was going to come to the gym with me, I quickly worked out that if I sat around waiting for her, I was never going to get anywhere as she was constantly cancelling gym dates. I very quickly motivated myself enough to go it alone, and I am so glad that I did.
If you can find yourself a fitness partner then it is amazing having someone who has similar goals to your own, but if not you can still do this!
It is so easy to get sidetracked and loose will power, it will happen from time to time, but when it does just keep moving forward. Remember why you started this fitness mission in the first place and when the phases passes (and it will), you will be so proud of yourself.
Getting fit does not mean that you have to remortgage your house, yes it is going to be hard, and it is not going to happen over night, but whether you see it or not, when you work hard, eat right and keep moving in the right direction, you will be astounded at how quickly your body starts to transform.