Tips for getting back in the Gym after taking time out – #JLlivebetter


Well here is yet another post I’d never thought I would write. After falling head over heels in love with fitness (Something that allows me to eat what I love and still remain slim? It was bound to happen) But when we moved house, moved gyms, blogging went CRAZY and life threw a few curve balls into the mix (see post here) I totally fell off the wagon. I went from Bossing the hell out of 6am workouts to barely making the gym twice a week. My diet fell off the end of a cliff somewhere with my rational mind and I felt myself spiralling out of control of my mind, body and life.

So here I sit, 6lbs heavier gearing up like every normal person, for a period of intense indulgence. However, Instead I plan on indulging in more than good food. I’m planning on some serious self indulgence in the gym. This last month I feel like life is starting to get back on track and things are starting to slot back in to a new routine and with the impending New Year, what better chance than to hop on the band wagon with John Lewis and their #JLlivebetter campaign that they are currently running. I grabbed some of their finest fitness equipment to help me get back on the horse. For me there has never been a better motivator than a new pair of trainers, I don’t know what it is or where this never ending desire to always have more trainers comes from but it works so I roll with it.

My favourite little saying has always been “Find what ignites your motivation and run with it every day” well… mine is trainers and I don’t run because of my knee but I do pound that cross trainer just as hard.

So with my new gym essentials I thought it was a good time to put together some of my tips for getting back into your gym routine after taking time out.

1. Don’ break it – Yes of course not breaking your fitness habit is obviously going to be right up there on the top spot, not breaking the habit means that you don’t need to get back into it. However even the most avid gym goers amongst us fall off the horse sometimes when life throws something into the mix.

2. Gym Buddies – I didn’t realise just how incredible they were until I was all alone at the squat rack with no one to turn to. Not only does a gym buddy help you prep for exercises, motivate you through sets and make going to the gym FUN, but they also give you a stern talking to when they receive that “agh I’m just too tired to hit the gym tonight” and trust me you are always thankful once those endorphins kick in.

3.  Don’t Stress – Even though hitting the gym when you are stressed to your eyeballs and manic busy is the last thing you would want to spend your free time doing, just do it! Endorphins improve your mood and can actually reduce stress, a good tip is to do your most favourite type of exercise when you feel like this.

4. Plan Ahead – We all have busy schedules so any time allocated to your workouts need to be efficient and effective so plan your workouts down to a T. What time will you arrive, how long for cardio, how long for weights, what exercises, what stretches, showering times etc etc. This means you won’t waste time standing around googling or looking for exercise inspiration and you can also ensure theres time left over for any of the other work you have pending.

5. Measure Your Progress – If you’ve fallen off the wagon, no doubt so have your results. This is a good time to start documenting your progress. As mentioned I have gained about 6lbs over the last few months so I can going to take great pride in watching those pounds melt off like sweat but I won’t be measuring it on the scales, as tempting as that may be. I will be measuring it with a trusty tape measure which is far more accurate.

Hopefully these tips will help those who, like me have had to let fitness take a back seat for a while or even those gearing up to make a lifestyle change for 2015.

Three Sleeps left!!

Trainers – c/o John Lewis     Leggings – c/o Charli Cohen     Top – c/o Vie Active     Water Bottle – c/o John Lewis


  1. Tashi Skervin 22nd December 2014 / 7:26 pm

    I am loving your new found motivation Lydia. I too feel like I have fallen slightly behind with working out but with the new year comes new goals and its time for me to start planning my workouts down to a T like you said!
    Those Charli Cohen leggings are also absolutely gorgeous and so are you! xxx

    • lydia 22nd December 2014 / 7:47 pm

      Thank you so much Tashi, your comments are always wonderful to read! 🙂 x

  2. GP 22nd December 2014 / 8:34 pm

    You look really in shape! My problem is I have been still going to the gym, it’s just my diet that has faltered this time of the year. I have indulged in way too many sweets and not been strict like I usually am. I can feel my pants fitting tighter so it’s time for me to step up my diet/fitness game!

  3. Holly Elizabeth 22nd December 2014 / 9:17 pm

    Such an inspiring post for anyone who has been out of the gym for a spell or (like me) needs a bit of constructive guidance on how to really get into fitness in the first place! My lack of fitness comes from my fear of busy gyms – if I go, it has to be when I know it will be quiet, which isn’t until late at night when I then find I’m too tired. I hope to use your tips above and apply them to home work outs and classes, and hopefully one day use them to fall in love with the gym – New Years resolution will be to work towards a figure like yours!x

  4. Morgan Hawkins 23rd December 2014 / 2:49 am

    I’ve been following you on instagram for a little while and just started looking around your blog. You are such an inspiration! I found myself in a really busy semester at school and definitely fell off the horse. It’s so encouraging to see that someone as fit as you also struggled with this. I’m so energized to start eating healthier and get back in the gym after reading this and following you. Thank you so much! Keep doing what you’re doing girly! I might even have to get myself a new pair of sparkly trainers too 🙂

  5. Sophie 23rd December 2014 / 9:41 am

    You’ve hit the nail on the head here, as long as you keep a positive mindset you’ll get straight back on that horse 🙂 Everyone’s allowed a bit of time off here and there, especially when they’ve gone through such a move!

    New Year, new targets <3

  6. Chiara 23rd December 2014 / 11:11 am

    Hi Lydia

    This post, along with your previous one talking about anxiety has created so much more admiration towards you. It’s sad to hear about your knee and difficulties. However, this goes to show that you are real just like any other woman and we should stick together to help each other. Following beautiful women like you is inspirational but can make insecure women feel worse, a lot of people are fake and showcase a what appears perfect life. You share your struggles which proves we are all the same and go through ups and downs.

    I love you!! Xxx

  7. Tola 26th December 2014 / 3:30 pm

    How do you find the motivation? I’ve been following you for a year or so now and I’ve got to say well done for everything!

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  9. Julia 28th December 2014 / 2:19 pm

    Omg this outfit is amazing,I also need an long arm shirt for sports, its really cold at the moment in germany !

  10. Petr 3rd January 2015 / 9:05 pm

    Great tips and great blog! 🙂

  11. Molly ewins 18th January 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Great post, I went to the gym for the first time since before Christmas and God it was hard! Just found your blog and I love it, I’m pretty new to blogging and would love to know what you think of my latest post!

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