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Reaching my Fitness Goals with Bidvine

Reaching my Fitness Goals with Bidvine

I’ve been a fitness enthusiast for years. Prior to having children I would spend hours in the gym, smashing my fitness goals by the week. Two years and two children later, finding time to spend in the gym is not as easy as it used to be. With a hectic combination of work and looking after the kids, by the time I get to the gym I have to fit in a quick session. Then it’s back to a few more hours in front of the laptop!

Of course the mother in me takes priority and so compromising on the gym just came naturally. It would however be nice to get back to full fitness, to feel like myself again and to make sure that I can carry on chasing around after our girls with ease! I’ve often thought about working with a fitness instructor to help me reach my goals, but finding one to work around family life isn’t easy. That was until I found Bidvine!

What do Bidvine offer?

Bidvine is an online platform designed to find the right service provider to suit individual needs. Whatever service you require, you can log onto Bidvine and answer a few questions surrounding your situation. Once you’ve made your requirements clear,  Bidvine matches you with local and trusted professionals. These professionals then get in contact almost immediately, making life simpler in just a few clicks. Perfect!

 

My Bidvine experience –

I couldn’t wait to get my fitness regime back on track, so I spent a little time on the Bidvine website anxious to find the right instructor for me. I found the whole process incredibly simple and was even more impressed to find an almost tailor-made service, to suit my every fitness need. Answering specific questions eliminated the service providers that weren’t right for me. So when instructors began to get in touch, I already knew that they could cater for my requirements.

I loved that all of the candidates I had to choose from were trusted professionals. Finding the right person is paramount and Bidvine make sure that the worry of hiring the wrong individual is taken away!

 

 

Whatever service you’re after, from cleaners to home tutors and everything else in between. There are professionals sat waiting to change your life for the better. I am super happy with the service provided by Bidvine and I’m so glad to be back working towards my fitness goals!

 

 

*This post was written in collaboration with bidvine.com

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How to Have a Great Workout at Home

How to Have a Great Workout at Home

Though getting in shape is a priority for many of us, finding the time to exercise on a regular basis can be difficult in today’s ultra-busy world. So, working out in your own home seems like an ideal solution as you don’t have to go through the effort and cost of joining a gym or health class. And just because you are working out at home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t vary up your exercises and achieve your fitness goals.

 

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Effective fitness programs tend to have five key stages: a warm up, an aerobic session, resistance exercises, flexibility moves and a cooldown. If you are incorporating these five stages into your home workout, you should find yourself on the fast-track to success. Here is some advice if you are looking to make working out from home a more regular thing.

 

Avoid Boredom by Challenging Yourself

As we have already talked about, one of the great enemies of a successful workout from home is boredom. Of course, you won’t have the same variety of equipment or access to classes that you get at a gym, but that doesn’t mean that your workout has to be ineffective. There are a few core pieces of equipment which are very versatile and allow you to take part in a variety of exercises. So, consider investing in a yoga mat, exercise ball and set of dumbbells as a starting point. Make sure to always browse through the internet and fitness magazines to find new ideas of workouts you can do to always keep things interesting.

 

Choose a Space to Workout

Whatever kind of space you are using to take part in your workouts, you want it to be as free from distractions as possible. Even if you just section off a corner of the room, you should let your family know that you don’t want to be disturbed while you are exercising. Some portable speakers are a great way to block out the outside world while also pumping out motivational music. If you can find a space with a full-length mirror, this is a major plus point as you can better examine your form and technique, while also helping to prevent yourself from suffering from any injuries.

 

Schedule Your Workouts

 

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The best fitness regimes are based around a rigid schedule. If you try to set aside some time for yourself on a regular basis to exercise, you are more likely to stick to this than if you simply choose to do it at any time. If something comes up and you need to change your exercise plan, make sure to reschedule this time rather than simply letting it pass you by. The great thing about working out from home is that you don’t have to factor in any travelling time so all the minutes you do have spare can be spent effectively.

 

Consider a Workout DVD or Online Class

The great thing about a workout DVD or online class is that everything is planned out for you so you don’t have to go through the effort of building a fitness program yourself. With so many different options out there, you can determine what your goals are and which program is best suited to helping you achieve them. As well as this, the workouts last for a specified amount of time so you can fit them easily around your daily life.

 

Build Your Own Home Gym

If you have plenty of space and a decent budget, you could even consider creating your very own home gym. If you have a self-contained space like a basement or a garage, this would be ideal. We have already talked about the more affordable pieces of equipment you could stock it with (dumbbells, exercise ball etc) but there are also plenty of ‘big-ticket’ items that you could consider investing in. A popular choice is a rowing machine as it provides a great all-round workout. If you are thinking of buying one, there is a website here that lists reviews and you should check it out. Another option is a treadmill if you are a big running enthusiast. Ultimately, it all depends on your budget and the amount of space you have, but there is no reason that you can’t build a decent home gym with some more basic items.

 

Write About Your Workouts

 

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Keeping a workout journal is a great way to chart your progress as well as tracking the effectiveness of different exercise regimes. If you have set yourself particular goals with regards to weight loss or any other area of fitness, you can monitor how you are getting along in your journal. Even if you have a bad day, it is still a good idea to write about this as you may be able to determine a pattern which you can break in the future. Also, you can keep track of your diet to better find out what impact this is having on your workouts.

 

Build Working Out into Your Regular Routine

One of the most difficult parts of staying fit and healthy is building exercise into your regular routine. Many people exercise for short bursts of time before letting things slide and going back to their old ways. The key is to make exercise as integral a part of your life as sleeping or eating. A good time to workout every day is just after your wake up. Your motivation levels will tend to drop as the day goes on and you are more likely to lose your focus and slip back into your old habits.

 

Work Out with Someone Else

A workout buddy will significantly help to raise your level of motivation, so whether you choose your partner or a friend, strength in numbers is certainly a phrase that applies in this case. Ideally, your workout buddy will be someone who is a little bit above you in terms of ability so you will naturally be pushed to try that little bit harder.

 

*This is a collaborative post.

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