5 reasons hitting the gym can make your day.

I've wanted to incorporate Health & Fitness into my blog for longgggg time now, but I've always been a little apprehensive because, a)  I have phases were my diet and exercise is fabulous, and then other phases when it's like a 5 year old has been allowed to feed herself, i.e all of the cake for dinner and all of the chocolate for breakfast. And b) I'm probably no where near qualified to be giving any sort of advice. My health & fitness journey has been just that, a journey. One where I've kinda just fumbled along, and I finally seem to be figuring out what works for me, and I'm so, so happy.

But hey, I'm gonna give it a go! So, I thought I'd start with a post about what motivates me to get my bum to the gym at 5am every morning!
'Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It's about being better than you used to be.' 

1. Body confidence. This seems to be a huge topic within the blogosphere at the minute, and I wrote about mine a while ago, here, but I know that nothing gives me a boost more than when I've been at the gym. There's no better feeling than that after a good workout, and I know that I, for one, most definitely walk with a little more confidence if I can feel myself having worked hard!

2. I eat better. If I kick off my day with a workout, I'm automatically into 'healthy' mode before I've even eaten anything. Since getting back into regular exercise, I've swapped a morning coffee (that was my substitute for breakfast!) for porridge and a banana and I drink a lot more green tea. It's little changes like this that have helped massively & give me a lot more energy!

3. Seeing changes in my body. For me, one of the most rewarding things is noticing changes in my body. I'm proud to show off my little abs, and I've noticed my legs and my bum are slowly getting more toned - these were the things that I really wanted to work on to start with, so it's an awesome sense of achievement actually seeing the results.

4. SO much less anxiety. It's a well known fact that regular exercise can help lessen feelings of anxiety, and boy, can I tell a difference. I feel so much better at the minute (and it's probably partly due to cutting down on the caffeine, too!), and I'm definitely not having as many bad thoughts, or bad days at all at the minute! :)

5. More energy. I touched on it before, but having a morning workout means that by the time I get to work, I am so full of energy and raring to go. It also means I've been up 4 hours before I even touch down at my desk, which makes the days feel a little longer, but well, we've all known I've been a morning person for a while now, haven't we! ;)

'Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction.' 



  1. This post has come at the perfect time for me!
    Last year I used to work out 4-5 days a a week, go biking, and eat my fruits and veggies. But since this year started I've been feeling so unmotivated and bluergh (probably not helped by the amount of junk I've been eating every day, and with exams and all the stress that went along with it I just had this mindset that I don't have time to work out so whats the point of eating healthy (stupid I know). And slowly my weight increased more and more until I was soo unhappy with my body.
    But my exams are over now and I had a good long week of holiday and so yesterday was the first day in ages that I got on my bike, and I went for a 20 minute ride...and I felt SOOO GOOD!!
    Even though I've only done one workout so far I feel as though something has shifted in my brain because I know that I can reach my goals of becoming more healthy and toned, and having clearer skin- without all those crisps and choccies- and everything that goes along with it.
    I woke up today and looked at my body and thought ' D'yu know what. I'm gonna get there!'

    So thanks for this post Sophie, its just reminded me that I'm not alone in this and how many positive outcomes there are to living a healthier lifestyle :)

  2. I love this Sophie - for me exercise isn't about losing weight or being 'skinny' but about being healthy and feeling good! It's nice to see a post that actually reflects that xxx

    Sam // What I Know Now

  3. I love it! I've tried so hard to try and get into the gym etc again, but injuries and other excuses just get the better of me - including how darn expensive it is! Well done you! <3

    Sarah / http://theworldiseenow.com

  4. I joined the gym 2 days ago and had my first session yesterday, and going again tonight, and I can honestly say it's made a difference already! Loved this post - keep up the hard work!


  5. Such a great post and you look amazing Sophie - I stopped going to the gym and you've given me the motivation to get back to it, especially because it can help out with anxiety which is what I need right now!

    Lucy | Forever September

  6. I love doing a workout before I head to work. It's so easy now that I start work at 1pm but once I start my new job and am expected in at 8am? well that's going to be an issue! I do agree that I feel so much more awake after a workout though!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

  7. I love working out, always puts me in a positive mood and makes me feel a lot better about myself!!

    www.emilyy.co.uk xxx

  8. The gym always makes me feel so good! Especially when I do it in the evening it totally sets me up for the day!

    Abigail Alice x

  9. I love your post! I know what you mean about ups and downs of staying on track, but once you start seeing results, it's so much more motivating! Keep rocking it, because it seems like you're doing awesome so far! And YES to green tea! ❤️❤️❤️


  10. I totally agree with you! I love going to the gym, it makes me feel happy, especially when I'm having a bad day.