Since a young age, Martyna Baker has always used food as a coping mechanism and as a result became more and more overweight. Going on her first diet at the age of 13 was the start of an emotional and inconsistent journey with her body - one that she desperately wanted to change. After trying and failing at various diets from Weight Watchers to Raw Food diets - she realised that she needed to try a different approach. After years of trial and error and through that, gaining more of an understanding about her body and her relationship with food, she tried a more holistic and personal approach. This forced her to look at the several factors that contributed to her weight gain. It was more than changing her diet and exercise - but taking a closer look at the emotional, spiritual and mental parts that play a huge role in the body's ability to reach and maintain a healthy weight. I was speaking at a fitness workshop back in November 2019, where I first met Martyna. Fast forward to now, she has lost a whopping 101lbs, going from a size 22 to a size 10 (UK size), and I caught up with her to find out how she did it. Read the interview below.

Has your weight always been an issue for you? 

It’s always been an issue. Since about 8 years old, I have used food as a coping mechanism, to cope with my childhood, to deal with the things that were going on around me. It was my safety blanket. Then as I got older, the side effects of using food to cope with my emotions is that I became more and more overweight. I went on my first diet when I was 13 and since then it’s always been up and down. I have never been as slim as I am now in my whole adult life. This has been the first time I’ve gotten down to this size. 

What diets did you try and how did that go for you?

I tried every single one. I did Weight Watchers, Atkins, Juicing, Raw food diet and fasting. I’ve done everything. I’ve never stopped trying. That’s the good thing about me is that I’ve always tried different things and I think that’s why I know so much about my body, about food, what to eat, what not to eat and about what works. I’ve failed a million times. And what’s so funny is that it really just came down to calorie counting - which is the most basic thing. If you eat less calories and you burn more - you will create a calorie deficit, which was what helped me. But it’s also more than that. It’s more holistic than that. It’s about managing your emotions and creating better habits as well. 

Can you explain a bit more about what you mean about it being more holistic?

Yes of course! What I mean by that is your affirmations. So a lot of people say that they want to lose weight, but then the other side of them says, “I always give up” or “I never do what I say I’m gonna do”. For me affirmations were a game changer. So I started doing weight loss affirmations and saying things like “I’m determined, persistent, consistent” and I’ll sometimes say it outloud to myself and then go through my day being that person and showing myself that I am those things. So affirmations helped me. Also doing daily acts of self-care because I think a lot of the time when you want to lose weight, it’s easy to put things off. For example saying things like “I’ll only go on a girls holiday when I lose weight” or “I’m gonna do this when I lose weight”.  You have to start living like the person you want to be now and giving yourself the same love, care and attention you would give to the slim person you want to be. Because you can’t beat and hate yourself into losing weight, you have to love yourself to lose weight. So that was the biggest change for me this time, I started to care for myself. I did things like hot oil massages in the mirror where I’d have to look at my body even before I started to lose weight. For me it was a way of telling myself that I mattered. For me personally, my overeating was a lot to do with not feeling good enough. I had to show myself you are good enough and you are worth it. You don’t have to be slim to be worth it. You are worth it from the beginning. 

What was the turning point for you? 

There were several different things. I just got fed up. I also had a break up and break ups always help you to level up - so that kind of motivated me as well. I just got to the end of my tether. Also the way that I was behaving, wasn’t who I really was. This was not me. It was a response to my environment. 

I also had to stop seeing my overeating as a problem and started to think of solutions. I realised that I was using overeating as a tool to get through things. So I started to ask myself, what other tools could I use? So instead of overeating maybe I can do something else? I thought biscuits were the help but maybe it’s to phone a friend. I had to find other ways to deal with life, that weren’t just through food. 

How did you kickstart your journey this time round?

I created several different forms and layers of being accountable. The first thing I did was sign up to do a healthy wage bet which really helped me to stay motivated. It’s an app where you make a personal weight loss bet. I challenged myself to lose 100lbs in 12-months and for that I could win up to $3000. I got to lose 100lbs and also received £2,500 at the end of it.  So if you’re someone who's really struggling with their weight and cares about money - then the HealthyWage Bet is a good motivator. 

I also held myself accountable through creating an Instagram account at the start of my weight loss journey. So everybody that was following my Instagram account at the time was seeing me post my updates when I was getting closer and closer to my goal. People were really supportive, so that was really nice. It’s a great way to hold yourself accountable and you motivate other people along the way too. Knowing there’s people waiting, it makes me feel like I have to stay on track. I want to be held accountable for it. 

What did you find the hardest part?

The hardest part was managing my emotions and also not going off the rails when the scales were acting mad. There were times I’d be doing everything right and the scales were just looking at me like “so”. There were days it was not easy, where the scales didn’t go down for like 10 days and I’ll cry but then I’d still get up and go for my walk. It wasn’t easy everyday but as time went on I got stronger. 

Also after looking at my calories for the year, there was actually a cycle I noticed. With women our cycle actually affects our weight loss. I noticed the week before I was coming on my period, I wouldn’t lose any weight. So look into your cycle. Sometimes you may not be losing weight because your body is busy doing other things. It’s just about being patient and consistent. It will eventually go down if you keep doing the right thing. 

How did you lose the weight and what steps did you take?

The nuts and bolts was I counted my calories using MyFitnessPal. I also went to check online how many calories I should be eating if I want to lose weight. I stuck to eating 1600 calories everyday. In one year I had maybe 12 days where I went over that, but for the most part I stuck to 1600 calories a day.

About a month or two into my journey we went into lockdown. But I didn’t let that put me off, this was grinding time. I felt that it would be better because there was no McDonalds to get me off track. I’m in control of what I’m eating. I had all day to plan my meals, go for walks and really be in control. So I’d get up every morning at 6am and run out of the house before I could change my mind. I went for long walks, bought a food scale to measure my foods and counted the calories on the majority of my meals to ensure I was sticking within my 1600 calorie goal. 

And, the best part is, I never cut anything out. I still ate chocolates and crisps but just ensured it was within my calorie goal of 1600. This time round I didn’t try to be perfect. The other times where I tried to lose weight, I always tried to be perfect. This time, I was like, it doesn’t matter what you eat, as long as you have 1600 calories (that’s what I’d tell myself). I made that the one rule which made it much easier so at least I could still enjoy my food. You're not gonna do it if you don’t enjoy it. 

I increased my activity levels by going for a walk and whenever the gyms reopened, I would go to do weight and resistance training. I didn’t do anything dramatic and I don’t think it has to take something dramatic, it just takes being consistent and being kind to yourself. 

What advice would you give to anyone who is currently emotionally eating or self-sabotaging?

You need to start encouraging yourself and do the things you like to do. Ask yourself, what’s the nicest way to go about this? It’s not like the biggest loser. You can go for a walk every morning, drink some water, count your calories, be kind to yourself. If you have a bad day - it’s okay. It’s what you do most of the time that counts. I had off days but always made sure I went straight back to my plan and you have to ensure that your plan is something you’d like to go back to. Makesure it’s something enjoyable. You have one body, you won’t get another one so just keep pushing. This is your one life.

Why do you think it’s important to track your weight?

It’s a good way to measure your weight and it’s feedback. Sometimes I’d hate stepping on the scales, especially when it’s not doing what I want it to do. But actually it’s a good way of seeing if what you are doing is working and making you lose weight. 

I also measure my food and don’t see it as a big inconvenience. Once you start seeing the results, you will keep doing it. 

What activities do you do?

Lots of walking. It's lockdown and there’s nothing else to do, so I’d just keep walking. I also have a fitbit that I’m obsessed with. In the beginning I’d do 10,000 steps but by the end I was doing 20,000 steps. I’d try different routes. I did a lot of steps and used it as the time to listen to podcasts or go on the phone with my friends or family. I’d just make it really fun. Set yourself a step goal each day. Even on the days I didn’t lose weight, I’d still go for my walk and now I find it hard not to go for a walk during the day. 

Tell us a bit more about your weight loss coaching?

I felt so good because I’ve been trying to crack this problem for such a long time. So now that I’ve found a solution to it and it’s so simple - I want to help others. I know there must be someone else out there on the same journey I'm on and feeling the same way I felt. So if I could teach them this so that they can feel the way I feel, that will make me so happy. I just started doing 1-2-1 zoom calls and helping people breaking their weight loss goals down into actionable daily steps. I help and support people with affirmations and self-care, make decisions around what they want to eat and how many calories they want to do. I help people think about what they enjoy and try to make it as personal to them as possible. I feel like, if my story resonates with people and I and they feel like they’re similar to me then I think I can help them, especially if they’re an emotional eater. 

If you're on Instagram follow Martyna Baker's journey here: @consistencykilledthefat and watch the IGTV interview on the @fitnessblastoff channel.

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It's so important to keep active, especially as we get older. Keeping active will give you more energy, help you to stay focused, increase your strength and endurance and will improve your quality of life. However, I understand that sometimes it can be hard to feel motivated at times. Trust me, I know the feeling. So, I've given you 8 ways to stay motivated to exercise on a regular basis.

Create a plan

I tend to feel less motivated to workout when I don’t know what I’m doing. Imagine getting into a car, knowing where you want to go but have no plan or direction of how you’ll reach your destination. Along the way you’ll get frustrated due to lack of clarity and precision. It’s the same with a workout. If you have no clue what your goals are, where you are going, how you see yourself and what workouts you need to do to meet your goal, then you will get bored and frustrated. To turn this around I suggest you:

Focus on exercises and activities you enjoy

If you don’t like jogging then it’ll be difficult and challenging to maintain a jogging programme but if you like to do circuits or dance for example you’ll find this easier to stick to. So be sure to identify your interests and what gives you energy. When you do an activity / exercise you enjoy, you are more likely to feel motivated, participate and will put more effort into working out.

Start small and take it slow

Once you have a plan, it’s very easy to get excited, to throw yourself into it and expect results straight away. I’m sure some of us have been there before, where we join a gym or buy exercise equipment and promise to use it everyday, we use it a few times and then lose motivation because of our high expectations. Don’t expect to be superman, superwoman or super fit right away, it all takes time. Here’s what you should do:

Once you start small and your small workouts become a habit, it is then easier to progress and develop to the next level. When goals are smaller and realistic you are more likely to achieve it, and if you achieve it you are more likely to stick it out.

Track your Progress

Don’t you love that feeling of accomplishment and achievement – when you set yourself a task or a goal, follow it and complete it? I love that feeling and the best way to know you’ve achieved something is to track your progress. If your goal is to lose weight, then track your food intake and weight. If your goal is to increase your fitness levels, then use a stopwatch to measure your workout time and heart rate. I do this because simply put, there is no use in working so hard towards something or thinking you are working hard towards something and a few months go by and you realise you are still the same you were a few weeks ago. Measuring your progress helps you realise if your plan is working or not, allows you to identify room for improvement and helps you recognise if you are on the right track.

Add variety

When you do the same workout all the time, it becomes repetitive and routine and you may eventually get bored and give up altogether. This is where variety is important. If you want to see change, feel motivated and keep your workouts interesting, then be sure to mix it up. When you do the same workouts over and over again, your body gets used to it. You are no longer challenging yourself or your body to change. Keep your workouts interesting and mix it up.

Listen to music

I always have to have my music when I workout. The reason why is because it motivates me when I listen to my favourite songs and it really pushes me to work harder. According to research listening to music whilst you workout, boosts your performance by 15%. I truly agree with this. When a favourite song of mines comes on whilst I’m running on the treadmill for example, and the beat is pumping, my movement gets faster, I double up my incline level and speed and increase my movement. So next time you feel unmotivated to workout, update your playlist and put on your favourite song.

Join a class

Have you ever been to the gym or exercised alone and gave up halfway through? Working out alone may cause you to skip portions of your routine, to lack of motivation, feel shy or simply not do the right workouts due to lack of knowledge. This is why group fitness is fun and will motivate you. When I qualified as a Group Exercise Instructor, one of the things I was keen to do, was make fitness fun and that’s when I came up with the idea to have a fitness party. The one thing I love about The Fitness Blastoff is the platform that allows us to exercise as a group in a party environment. This is why I love group fitness because of that social element and connection, that extra motivation you get from others. Plus there are a number of exercise classes for most people nowadays, from Afrobeats to a workout in heels, to insane training (INSANITY) to light hearted Zumba. There is something that will cater to your wants and needs.

Attend a fitness event

When attending a fitness event you can meet like-minded people, network and meet industry specialists that can help you in the future, learn something new, try out new healthy products and increase your motivation. I love attending fitness events because it really motivates me when I’m surrounded by experts and other people who are either on the same journey as me or who are where I’d like to be. It’s inspiring and motivating.

Workout with a friend

If you lack motivation to work out, then why not try exercising with someone else? Working out with a friend, a partner or a work colleague will really help make fitness fun because you have someone you can share your goals with. Scheduling gym or workout sessions with your friend means that you will show up because you wouldn’t want to let anyone down. It means that you can encourage each other and go that extra mile.

Thanks for getting to the end of the blog! I hope you enjoyed reading it and will feel motivated to exercise on a regular basis.

Selena xx

Fitness Blastoff Founder

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We are excited to announce that we are collaborating with TYNAFIT for our next dance fitness event, on Saturday 6 April 2019 to bring you activewear with vibrancy and style for your next workout.

We believe that as well as upbeat music, motivating instructors and a lively atmosphere, that the key to a great workout, is also looking and wearing the part.

This is why we are working with TYNAFIT, to bring you exclusive designs and stunning collections, that will release your inner boldness as you dance, party and workout.

TYNAFIT will be at the next Fitness Blastoff dance party, displaying their unique clothing range, hosting prize giveaways and showing you how you can jazz up your activewear and dance gear.

When wearing TYNAFIT you will:

So be sure to check out TYNAFIT's activewear collection before and at the event and listen up for announcements nearer the time.

As TYNAFIT says: Your Activewear Should Work as Hard as You Do!

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Updated: Nov 21, 2019

Do you want to keep fit but are finding it hard to stay motivated? Below are 5 ways to make your fitness fun.

Listen to music

Did you know that listening to your favourite tunes whilst you workout, increases your performance by 15%? The next time you want to enjoy your workout, update your playlist with a selection of your favourite songs. The moment you start listening to your best playlist, your body will want to move. If music isn't your thing, then you could always try listening to a podcast. The next time you feel uninspired, put on something motivational and get that body moving. Power up your performance with music!

Add variety

When you do the same workout all the time, it becomes repetitive and routine and you may eventually get bored and give up altogether. This is where variety is important. If you want to see change, feel motivated and keep your workouts interesting, then be sure to mix it up. When you do the same workouts over and over again, your body gets used to it. You are no longer challenging yourself or your body to change. Keep your workouts interesting and mix it up. One way to add variety is to write yourself of interesting weekly timetable filled with your favourite activities - spinning on Mondays, Boxing on Wednesdays and then maybe dance class on Fridays.

Join a group exercise class

Have you ever been to the gym or exercised alone and gave up halfway through? Working out alone may cause you to skip portions of your routine, to lack of motivation, feel shy or simply not do the right workouts due to lack of knowledge. This is why group fitness is fun and will motivate you. When I qualified as a Group Exercise Instructor, one of the things I was keen to do, was make fitness fun and that’s when I came up with the idea to have a fitness party. The one thing I love about The Fitness Blastoff is the platform that allows us to exercise as a group in a party environment. This is why I love group fitness because of that social element and connection, that extra motivation you get from others. Plus there are a number of exercise classes for most people nowadays, from Afrobeats to a workout in heels, to insane training (INSANITY) to light-hearted Zumba. There is something that will cater to your wants and needs, be sure to check out your local leisure centre for group fitness classes.

Attend a fitness event

When attending a fitness event you can meet like-minded people, network and meet industry specialists that can help you in the future, learn something new, try out new healthy products and increase your motivation. I love attending fitness events because it really motivates me when I’m surrounded by experts and other people who are either on the same journey as me or who are where I’d like to be. It’s inspiring and motivating. Some of the fitness events I'd recommend include Balance Festival, Move It Dance and of course my very own, Fitness Blastoff 😄

Workout with a friend

If you lack motivation to work out, then why not try exercising with someone else? Working out with a friend, a partner or a work colleague will really help make fitness fun because you have someone you can share your goals with. Scheduling gym or workout sessions with your friend means that you will show up because you wouldn’t want to let anyone down. It means that you can encourage each other and go that extra mile.

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Member of the Fitness Blastoff family and Personal Trainer, Iesha Jackson, speaks on the matter of how you can change your old habits into newer ones that will help improve your lifestyle. Check out her five steps to making new habits below.

1. Decide what you want to change and tell your people

The best way to make new habits that will have a positive effect on you, is to know EXACTLY what existing habits you want and need to change. To do this you should:

Once you have made your decision, make a commitment to keep to them 100% of the time. Tell your friends and family, it’s amazing how much more disciplined we become when we know others are aware of our goals. These are your first steps.

2. Keep it simple and make small changes one-step at a time

If you have a variety of habits to break, list them individually and sort them in order from easiest to hardest. Be HONEST with yourself about all your habits. The only person you’re hindering if you’re not, is you.

Work your way through them, taking one at a time. Think about each habit in detail. Think about why this has become a habit and what small change you will make to change or replace it with a new and better habit. Try not to overload yourself and take it a step at a time.

3. Write down your barriers to achieving habit

Understanding the things that hold you back from achieving something is the best way to achieve it. Once you have identified your barriers you can spend time finding ways around them.

We all know the things that hinder us most of the time but it’s all about being honest with ourselves and identifying them.

What is holding you back and preventing you from achieving a better habit? Write your barriers underneath the relevant habit.

4. Write down your motivations for wanting to achieve the habit

Why are you doing this? What is it that drove you to make this change? Reminding ourselves of WHY is a big part of keeping up with our goals and developing new habits.

Motivations are what drive our everyday actions and behaviours. Our motivations are why we go to work every day or attend a class every week. Money, family, friends. There are so many extrinsic and intrinsic motivators. Can you identify yours?

Think about how it will benefit you. Make a list of both and see what it is that makes you want to make these changes. Keep reminding yourself!

5. Participate in a 21-day challenge

According to various sources, it takes 21 days (3 weeks) to form a habit.

3 weeks may not sound like a great amount of time, but you can still create some pretty badass habits! Simple habits that can improve your quality of life, such as going to bed earlier, exercising every morning, listening to positive affirmations before you start your day, planning your days/ weeks in advance or even waking up earlier.

With practice and repetition, you can develop these new habits in 2-3 weeks. When you incorporate a program alongside this, you will have additional motivation and accountability for developing your habits. Who doesn’t need a good kick up the bum to make sure they stay focused!

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The 21 Day Habit Changer

If you’re looking to change up your habits and fitness, then look no further than the Iesha Lucci 21 Day Habit Changer. It focuses on developing new habits while helping you to make gradual changes to your lifestyle. It teaches you how to create a sustainable lifestyle that does not restrict you or make you feel bad for enjoying the foods you love.

The Habit Changer includes a 21-day fitness plan, meal suggestions, Personal Training vouchers and habit guidance.

For more information on signing up to the 21 Day Habit Changer, head over to @ieshalucci_xo and check out her posts and stories for updates.

You can also find out more about her habit changer at our next pop-up party [Dance Cardio Blast] on Saturday 5 January 2019.

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Meet the lovely Katrina, a Mother and a regular attendee at our Fitness Blastoff events, who we interviewed to find out more about her amazing weight loss transformation. She had been struggling with her weight for 30 years and in this interview she explains how she finally took control of her health and how she committed to a healthy lifestyle.

Tell me a bit about yourself and why you decided to make a change to your health? My weight had gone up to 300lbs. I had been struggling with yo-yo dieting and fitness for 30 years (from the age 8 to 38 years). I was suffering from high blood pressure, problems with my eye health, mobility and I was finding it difficult to care for my children, which is not ideal as a single parent. I knew something had to change the day my youngest son (aged 3 years at the time), got away from me and ran in to the road. My weight prevented me from getting to him on time. Fortunately, no cars turned on to the road whilst he was there.

What health and fitness goals have you achieved since starting your weight loss journey?

In the past year, I have lost 131.2lbs and I am just 26lbs away from a healthy normal BMI. I educated myself about nutrition and learned what foods would help me to lose weight and become healthier. I learned about the importance of eating wholefoods, how fermented foods were beneficial for gut health, the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats, simple and complex carbs. This also helped me curb my eating habits with regards to sugar. My initial focus was nutrition and weight loss and because my mobility was poor, initially I just walked. I underestimated the power of walking, because this really helped my weight loss and mobility. As I lost more weight, I naturally found I able to and wanted to move more. I was able to do fitness workouts, dance, use equipment, walk faster, I felt like I had super powers.

How did you achieve your goal?

On 11th August 2017, I had Gastric Sleeve surgery.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The surgery helped to control my portions, but I still had to eat right or I risked putting weight on (not everyone has successful weight after the surgery). I found wholefoods helped me do this. I eat 90% wholefoods. I eat very little in the way of takeaways, bread, foods marked ‘low’, processed and sugary foods. I make sure to eat from small bowls and plates to keep from overeating and stop when I feel satisfied or full. If I buy packaged foods, I make sure the label reads like a shopping list and not like a lab report. I still enjoy food and drink on the odd occasions I go out socialising, but I make sure not to continue on the social eating and drinking in to my entire week. I found with exercise, that I could easily find it monotonous and get bored, but I knew I would have to get in to fitness eventually. I overcame this by finding alternative fitness. I tried trampolining, zip-lining, I would do 30 day fitness challenges and dance. So far dance has been my favourite, because it’s something I have naturally enjoyed throughout my life and while I was doing weight loss. Dating after weight loss has also been a challenge, because I’m still processing all the changes. But I joined an app where I can socialise with other people and they have to options of regular socialising events or events aimed at singles. This allows me to talk to people or do activities in a non-pressured environment. I’ve also found being part of a weight loss community, has helped me stay on track and keep accountable.

What activities do you do to stay active and why?

My main activity is walking whilst I’m focusing on the weight loss part of my journey. But as I’ve become mobile, I’ve naturally enjoyed other activities. I’ve done 30 day challenges, I find they’re perfect, because it gives me a goal to work towards. My favourite was my 30 back workout challenge. It was hard, but I learned I liked certain equipment. I love doing dance! I find it easy to move my body to the beat and even if it’s a class, it’s never strict, I don’t get ‘told off’ for getting it wrong and it’s so much fun. I try to branch out and find unusual or alternative activities, to keep myself interested in fitness. I feel fitness should be fun and shouldn’t feel like something you have to do, or something to squeeze in. I search for classes and activities, the scariest activity was the zip-lining. I had to be very fit to do it, as there were many steps to climb. I’m hoping to try ghyll scrambling, cave diving and much more. I’m on Instagram and I’ll often take pictures before and after fitness challenges, or when doing events, to help encourage others.

We've seen that you like to attend dance classes, What are your favourite dance fitness workouts and why?

I’ve attended a few Fitness Blastoff sessions now and love them, I’ll definitely be going back. My favourite was definitely the Afrobeats and the Reggaeton. I have a soft spot for Reggaeton music. But I’ve enjoyed all the dance sessions equally really. It’s like no other dance class I’ve been to and I’ve been to many other my lifetime for fun (Salsa, Street, Ballet etc). But the Fitness Blastoff sessions always feels like a big party in a nightclub and I just haven’t been able to find that anywhere else.

When it comes to weight loss, what are your top 3 recommendations?

Educate yourself about nutrition. Don’t undestimate the power of walking as an activity. Find others who are trying to lose weight, to help keep accountable.

Be sure to follow Katrina's weight loss journey on her Instagram channel at @vsgowluk.

#nationalfitnessday #weightlosstransformation #losingweighttips #weightlosstips #weightlossinterview

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So you want to kick-start your fitness regime? You may think you have the right mindset to get started, but what can you do to motivate yourself to keep going? How do you get past that stage when you want to cancel your gym membership and call it quits? There are many reasons and lifestyle factors why new gym members cancel their membership before the month's out but have you ever asked yourself - what do I enjoy? What would keep my interest? And what will motivate me to keep going?

TIP ONE What keeps me going is a plan. Goals. But realistic goals. Set yourself goals that you know you will meet. Don't set yourself goals you know you won’t meet. Know yourself and what you will stick to. If you know you'll only have time to exercise for 10-mins a day, then set this as your goal. If you know you'll only have the time and energy to go to the gym twice a week, then set it as your goal. Make it realistic and you'll be more likely to stick it out.

TIP TWO Do what you love. The gym isn't the only method to kick-start your fitness. Maybe you enjoy dancing or boxing or running outdoors. Find your fitness passion. Learn more about yourself and what you enjoy and then find activities that centre around that. I personally love dancing, boxing and I enjoy working out in the gym so these are the only exercises I stick to majority of the time. Sometimes I may try other workouts but I mainly stick to the three mentioned because I enjoy it and I know I'll stick to it on a weekly basis. So do something you love!

TIP THREE Now you have your goals and the activities you'd like to do, create and add this to your timetable. Write down what you plan to do each day, at what time and where. Set weekly reminders on your phone and follow that timetable until it all becomes habitual.

If you've never been into fitness it can be easy to get excited and to get started but it can be difficult to keep up the momentum. Doing these three things will allow you to really think about your goals and passion first before launching into it. Once you delve into yourself mentally and really know what you want and know what will keep you on track - it'll be easy for you to stay motivated during the course of your fitness journey.

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Personal Trainer, Dance Fitness Instructor and Physique Competitor, Faye Edwards, tells us how she stays motivated to keep fit and what to expect from her Funky Fit session at the Fitness Blastoff!

Hi Faye, I know you've been in the fitness industry for a few years now, tell me what classes do you teach?

I have! It's been four years that I've been teaching Dance Fitness classes. I also teach Zumba, Body Blast, Body Conditioning, Body Pump, Spin, Legs Bums and Tums, F.I.T Jam, F.I.T Box and Boot Camp.

Wow! That's a long list of classes, no wonder why you are so fit! So tell me, what do you enjoy about working in the fitness industry?

The thing I enjoy most about working in the fitness industry is being able to do what I'm most passionate about; promoting health and fitness and inspiring people to get involved, be motivated and achieve their goals. It brings people together creating a great support network and a fun atmosphere. No matter what level of fitness you are, the industry has something for everyone.

I totally agree. So how do you stay motivated to keep fit?

For me, it's the feeling I get from being fit. By living an active lifestyle and eating healthy I feel strong, energised and happy. Keeping the hard work consistent definitely pays off. This has encouraged my clients, family and friends to make improvements in their lifestyles which also helps keep me highly motivated.


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