10 Things They Don't Tell You About Getting Fit

Fitness

You start January feeling pretty smug, raving to anyone who will listen about your newfound energy, lust for clean eating and aversion to toxins. Then February draws near, temperatures continue to plummet and that glass of wine grows ever more appealing…

Rather than rant to you about how great exercise makes us feel (because you knew that already…), here are 10 things they don’t tell you about getting fit. From putrid smelling laundry to split ends and living (and we mean living) in your activewear…

1. The endless amount of smelly laundry

Tip: Wash often to prevent sweaty clothes festering in the washing basket. Try adding a scoop of Vanish to every wash.

2. You have to wash your hair – a lot

Tip: Treat yourself to a botanical hair treatment or barber service at the Aveda Institute

3. Sleep is your best friend…

Tip. Sleep aids recovery from exercise. Download the Sleep Cycle app, an alarm clock that tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep that feels like waking up naturally rested without an alarm clock!

If you need some extra help nodding off, try Bodyism’s Serenity Tea with calcium, chamomile and hops, to lull you into a relaxing, restful sleep…

4. You think about music in a completely different way

Tip: You might find yourself bopping your head to the beat thinking “this would sound awesome in my spin class”… 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2… Like a song you hear in class? Shazam it.

5. Massage is not a treat. It is a requirement

Tip: Forget the mani/pedi. A deep tissue sports massage is your new indulgence… especially if you’re lifting weights and taking lots of HIIT classes. Try Bhuti in Richmond or relax Spa in St Martin’s Courtyard.

6. You form a relationship with a foam roller

Tip: Buy a foam roller and educate yourself how to use one with Bodyism. Fake smiles all around while the tears roll down your face. It’s all about Active Recovery people…

7. You become a lightweight

Tip: You might need to slip in a glass of water between drinks on your next night out out if it’s been a while.

8. Your hangovers are so much worse

Tip. Every hangover cure is a personal experience. One word: Deliveroo. You’re welcome.

9. You will annoy your friends with endless fitness chat

Tip. Make new friends and impress them with your moves. You can never have too many friends.

10. You forget how to dress

Tip. Unless you want to sit sweaty in your activewear, keep an extra change of clothes in your gym bag at all times. And maybe a pair of heels because, well, you never know…

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