I hate the gym and I cannot lie

Now that my personal trainer’s back from her wedding leave, I no longer have an excuse to avoid the gym.

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She’s already started sending me texts to find out when I can start working out again, and I’ve even noticed one missed call. Now I jump every time the phone rings. If only the effect was to make me do 50 sit-ups and some bicep curls as well, I might not actually need to see her in the first place.

Seriously, though, I really do need to start moving again, especially as my goal is to drop a dress size by July. I’ll be taking inspiration from the brilliant diet and fitness tips we’ve just finished gathering from some of A-list land’s top trainers (click here) – and I suppose I’ll have to hit the treadmill at some point as well.

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In the meantime, here are some of the things I’ve learnt (through bitter experience) that make working out feel less like work:

Choose a goal that’s meaningful to you. For example, I’ve told my trainer I want to be able to do more one-armed press-ups than my boyfriend (currently I can’t do any and as far as I know neither can he, but still…), so we’re working towards that.

Invest in a pair of professional running shoes – you know you’re giving yourself the best possible comfort and support when your trainers are designed for marathons. Mizuno are generally considered to be the best and I know that my pair are – I’m sure there’s a more technical way of saying this – very bouncy, comfortable and light.

Don’t eat for two hours before working out if you possibly can. A stitch can be brought by as little as half a piece of toast.

If you don’t have music, have something happy, exciting or motivating to think about when you’re on the treadmill or cross-trainer. It’ll help distract from the pain/boredom and make the time pass quicker. (There’s a rumour that Jennifer Aniston thinks of Brad – allegedly.)

If you feel yourself flagging, sip water. It’s the quickest way to perk up your energy.

Finally – and this really only applies if you’re working out with a trainer, but it’s a favourite of mine – if you really can’t take it anymore, start making lots of alarming, grunting sounds and you’ll be allowed to stop.

Let me know your favourite fitness tips – god knows, I need them.

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