Back in school I was very much into sports. I was the captain of a few teams and super competitive. But when I left school and went to University I found the sports teams to be a bit too competitive and lacked the fun part that I really enjoyed. I tried joining a couple of gyms over the next few years but really didn’t enjoy it and it was just a huge waste of money for me. 

Fast forward a few years and here I am, a pretty healthy 20-something but with one thing missing in my daily life… some regular fitness. I’ve made up excuses for long enough so a few weeks ago I gave in and let Rich become my personal trainer. I won’t go to the gym, I won’t run but I will give a bit of fitness a go.

Rich is really experienced (he’s triathlon obsessed!) and out of all the different fitness routines he’s tried he found CrossFit to be the most beneficial and enjoyable. So he adjusted some of the core sessions and made it suitable for a beginner like me. We’ve been working out two or three times a week and I can already see an improvement, moving from 6 reps to 10. 

This is very much suited to me but for those of you who want a free and easy way to get into a bit of fitness, here’s what we do… 

– Stretch: The most important step, don’t skip this or you will be in pain! 

– Two minutes of skipping (or a short jog if you prefer)

10 press ups: I do these on my knees until I am able to do ‘proper’ ones.

– 10 backwards lunges: Try and get your knee as close to the ground as possible. 

– 10 sit ups: There are three ways to do these so take turns for each session. Traditional sit ups, sit ups where you touch the side of your ankles and sit ups where you lift your legs off the ground and bring them up and down.

– 10 squats: I alternate each session with a standard squat and a jumping squat. We’ve also started squatting holding a weight to my chest. 

Pause for a minute and repeat once more or twice if you can! 

– Two minutes of skipping (or a short jog if you prefer)

– Stretch: The most important step, don’t skip this or you will be in pain! 

I haven’t allowed myself to get too excited about fitness gear yet as it’s still quite soon but one thing I did invest in is a good sports bra. If you are relatively large in that department it’s very important to have a good sports bra, so I picked up this pretty mint one from Lulu Lemon. Whilst I was there I also picked up this headband in the sale, it’s great because it has grips on the inside so it doesn’t move around and it keeps those fly away hairs out of your face. 

So let me know if you’d like me to keep you updated on my progression. I know this workout is quite basic but it’s working great for me and hopefully I’ll just keep improving! What’s your favourite way to keep healthy? 

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  1. Loved this post Lily! Thanks to Rich for the workout! I’ve just started doing the blogilates beginner workout calendar and it’s amazing! I’ll have to give this a go when I’ve finished the calendar! x


  2. Thank you so much for this post lily- it was so helpful. I neeeed to get back into exercise again…haha

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  3. Victoria says:

    lovely post !
    I’m 20 and I should also start to be fitter.. but it’s hard ! It’s so nice you have your boyfriend as a trainer, it does help I suppose 🙂
    Good luck anyway !
    And thanks for this inspirational post too xx


  4. Scoo says:

    Yeah gotten into the fitness game recently myself and loving it!! Thanks for the tip and the pictures look great!

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  5. This is great. Exactly How I feel since I left uni I’ve not been doing anything active and I miss it! Gyms are just so expensive!! X

  6. Daria says:

    Good for you Lily! Doing regular exercise makes me feel so good – I have started to go to the gym 3 times a week and it makes the whole difference, it has even boosted my confidence! 😉 I would love to try rope skipping tho! x

  7. Jessicalaar says:

    Great post, these exercises would be perfect for getting into exercise.

    Jess x

  8. Anna Blush says:

    What a great little routine. I’m trying to up my fitness and this seems like a great starting point! Thanks Lilli and Rich! xx

  9. Jull says:

    It’s so great to hear that you’re getting into fitness! Regular exercise makes a whole difference in your health and makes you feel great. One thing I noticed, though, is that while doing your squats your knees go over your toes, and the same with lunges too. It is extremely important not to do that as it will strain your knees and it’s also bad for your back. I’ve been a regular at the gym for quite some time now and it’s one of the things the trainers stress the most, when doing squats and lunges do not let your knees go over your toes!

  10. Emma Copland says:

    Great post, I wish I had something like this when I was getting into fitness last year. Now a 20min workout is part of my daily routine and I feel awesome.

  11. Charlotte says:

    I will be testing this out when I’m home from work tonight! Greta post Lily!

    Charlotte –

  12. Jade Stokes says:

    This is a really handy workout! I hate going to the gym and I’m certainly never to be found running anytime soon so this is really helpful. And it also seems achievable which a lot of workout routines are normally not that easy to do !

  13. Kirsty says:

    Good for you Lily! Fitness is so good for mind & body, you should definitely keep posting about your progress its great for young girls to understand how important it is too!

    I hate to be ‘one of those people’ but one thing i noticed in your pics is that your knees go over your toes in your lunges and squats.. i’m no expert but my PT always tells me off for that!, make sure you’re sitting back as if there’s a chair behind you to prevent injury and get the most from the movement!

    kirsty xx

  14. Zazie Bibi says:

    I’m definitely not a fitness person, but i might try a few of these out 🙂 xx

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  15. Great post! I love to do Pilates to keep fit!
    xo Holly xo


  16. amy cino says:

    Good on you Lily! I love my fitness and my boyfriend owns his own PT business. We’re in Australia but have a look at his website 🙂 He shares lots of fun facts on Facebook too. “Migani Fitness Trainer”
    Just popped up today’s video, who will be the 2nd viewer I wonder! x 🙂

  17. OliviaBH says:

    thank you for this post! I am the same in that i am reasonably small but SO unfit. I tried to run yesterday and literally lasted for 4 minutes then had to stop. I just hate it! I much prefer things like this that slowly raise your body temp and get you moving. So thank you Rich and Lily! Will definitely be trying this out, let us know how you get on – would love to maybe see some more posts / videos if you can get Rich in!

  18. Katy English says:

    Fab post. I love the orange trainers and the headband with grips attached is pure genius! Defintiely need to get me one of those bad boys x

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  19. Embellished says:

    I need to stat working out! I love doing squats, especially jumping squats.But I don’t think you’re supposed to allow your knees to past you toes, Lily!
    Loved the post, though! 🙂

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  21. Sitara Long says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been wanting to do a workout routine forever. I just could have gone to Youtube and watch one, but nah. I’ve always love the clothes of Lululemon, but I found them a little bit more pricey than the average sport clothing. xx

  22. Michelle says:

    This is a great routine that doesn’t take that much time. I always go to the gym and I go every day to push myself 🙂

  23. Thank you for these tips! I’ve been getting into running lately, and I often go to Zumba, but some more core exercises will be really useful. You’re brave to do all that in your garden! My neighbours can be quite nosey! Haha

  24. Kate says:

    I love a fitness post – I always feel like they give me a boost when my interest in exercise is flagging! I’m loving Blogilates at the moment and we also have a cross trainer which I try to use a couple of times a week. It’s keeping it going that really makes the difference I think, although that can also be the hardest part! x

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  25. Ainhoa Vg says:

    Thanks for sharing Lily! I´m running at the moment but I need some work out like that. Hope I get it for the summer!

    Ainhoa Xx

  26. This is sort of the same fitness routine I have! I only do the 10 squats, press ups and sit ups. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Hannah Marie says:

    Loved this post Lily it’s really helpful!

  28. Emma says:

    Love this post Lily, I’ve just started trying to get fit and it’s really helped that I’m focusing on the fitness element rather than loosing weight, that’s really helped to focus me and keep pushing me forwards to achieve goals


  29. Jenn says:

    Thats amazing Lil! I started doing pilates like 2 months ago and I love it so much! I started off just with some easier moves, but now I see myself improving and getting into shape, so I can already afford some more difficult ones. Let us know how’s it going! 🙂

  30. Katy Godbeer says:

    Great post – I’ve recently started running and have been following the Couch to 5K C25K plan. It’s going pretty well and I have a few posts on my blog about my journey.

  31. Lauren S says:

    i’ve started doing the blogilates calenders and it’s killing me but the results are already coming through ! the really recommend the beginners calendar
    Lauren x
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  32. Thanks for the motivation! Hoping to get back to the gym tonight! I always feel better afterwards, getting there is the toughest part!

  33. Grace Denny says:

    I just started getting back into exercising after finishing Uni! I’m not one to go to the gym either – it straight up bores me and I don’t feel motivated! I’ll be using some of these in my workout regime! 🙂

    XO, G from grace’d

  34. Julie Arthur says:

    Make sure you tuck your butt on the pushups. Try to have a flat back (not curved in, no butt sticking out)… You should try Cassey is a great motivator and her videos are fun!

  35. Aerie Berrie says:

    Need to start training aha im so lazy!

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  36. Abby says:

    Loved this post Lily! It came just at the right time for me as I’m training to get fitter and I’ve just invested in protein shakes. Like you my boyfriend is also my personal’s fabby having a fitness freak on hand to help you out for free isn’t it? muahaha

    Abby x

  37. Jen27 says:

    Such helpful tips! A do-able, but effective workout for sure. As a fuller-busted gal, I love the Lululemon sports bras. The kind I use are called the “ta-ta tamers” (too funny). Great post 🙂


  38. xxShivvyxx says:

    Loved this post – would love to try cross-fit but don’t think they have any near me 🙁 Might give this work out a go so would love to see how you progress!

    Watch your little knees don’t get strained doing all those lunges and squats – from pilates i know you shouldn’t let your knee go past your toe 🙂

    Shiv x

  39. This workout looks like something I could totally handle! 🙂 I love to run, but running alone doesn’t do much for you’re overall fitness, sadly!

    carelessly graceful

  40. mellafe says:

    I discovered I don’t like this type of exercise so I bought a bike. I go out every Sunday morning and I ride about 4 kms, I think, to a place where you can practice Zumba in the park. I do that for an hour, no rest, and then bike back to my house.

    Oh, a sport bra is a MUST. It was the first thing I felt like I needed to buy.

  41. Really like this post! I’ve just started going to the gym, but this is some stuff I could do on the days when I’m not able to go. Working out is the only time I’ve ever felt lucky to not have very big boobs and I didn’t really need to buy an expensive sports bra!


  42. Lesley X says:

    Great post Lily. I’m not into the gym either but love to actually start doing some exercise regularly, this routine sounds great for me x

  43. Ellie Fleet says:

    Great post! Sounds like a very easy and quick workout! 🙂
    I miss sports out on the fields at school too!
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  44. great post! please keep us updated, i would love to see how well this routine works for you! x

  45. LeeLee says:

    Great tips, Lily!

  46. Lucy Goodman says:

    I am going to give this a go first thing tomorrow morning – thanks for sharing! xx

  47. DB says:

    Hey everyone! I’m trying to get back into fitness too – I love this workout by Stephanie Vittorino called ‘Bikini Body Ready’ (ignore the title) it had great variety of simple moves in it and is just the right length for beginners. When I have gotten used to it I just pick up heavier weights! You can find it on YouTube 🙂

  48. be likealady says:

    Congrats for your starting. in the beginning it is so hard but as your body getting stronger u will enjoy it more.

  49. I do sports 7 days a week, and like all the exercise mentioned here but the squats… I sooo dislike them. 🙂

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  51. Jocelyn says:

    This is helpful, thanks!

  52. I really like this post and the routine you do! Really basic but effective over time. Seeing your progress would be great!

  53. Emma Rose says:

    great workout post! I have recently just got back into the gym. It’s hard to get motivated at times but you feel great once the workout is done!

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  54. Georgina says:

    I’m just getting into fitness myself so this is great to see someone in the same boat (as everywhere I look now I see super fit gym lovers) would love a progress report.

  55. love your trainers!!

  56. I really like this post. I’ve never been a very sporty fit person and have been looking for a few tips to get me started (: this is really useful

  57. lov2read68 says:

    Marking this to refer back to. Nice order of exercises and I appreciate tips for how to increase the level of difficulty as you progress fitness wise! I love your trainers and top. I used to think that it was fine to work out in just any old thing. Having cute and functional clothes do make any kind of exercise a bit more enjoyable.

  58. Thanks for sharing, I will definitely give this a try! x Savannah

  59. Thanks for sharing, I’ve just got back into fitness and exercising regularly and I well and truly feel like a lost women at the gym but I’ll have to give some of these exercises a go. I’ve been really enjoying going to classes at the gym though, especially les mills ones, they’re so much more motivating.

  60. I just did the circuit from this post! Its really good! A great routine to help someone get back into the swing of things x

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