Starting a Fitness Routine: 5 Tips for Beginners

Starting a Fitness Routine: 5 Tips for Beginners


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Bomber Jacket / Hoodie: H&M mens (similar) / Nike Leggings (similar)  /  Nike ‘Thea’ Runners / Gym Bag: Luisaviaroma (sold out, similar) / Baseball cap: here / Earbuds


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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOk ok, let me just start by saying, I’m NO expert when it comes to fitness. I’m still very much in the beginning of my journey, and dragging my groggy ass out of bed every morning trying to stick to a routine that will hopefully begin to form a habit. I’ve been stiff and sore, and I’ve slacked at times (Howya Paddy’s weekend) but for every session I’ve done in a gym or with my trainer, I’ve felt great afterwards, and never regretted one workout. After training with Zest Fitness Dublin for about a month, I recently joined my local gym, Herberton Leisure, which is less than five minutes walk from my house. I’ve started doing morning workouts at about 7:45/8am for about an hour fifteen, before I start my day. Starting a fitness routine from scratch has definitely been a challenge, but there’s a few things I’ve found have been helping me along the way, and I wanted to share them with you here.


Start small:

Whether its the size of your weights or the intensity of your workout, start with something manageable, and don’t try to take on too much in the beginning. Starting small and gradually working your way up is much better for you in the long-term, especially as the last thing you want to do is risk injuring yourself. Yes, you should always push yourself in your workouts, but you should also listen to your body and know your limits. Start small, and keep going. It’s less daunting that way, I promise!

Gym Confidence:

As I mentioned in one of my previous fitness posts, I started my journey by working with a personal trainer who I absolutely loved, and from those one-on-one sessions I really felt my confidence and ability grow, so that when I did start in my local gym I felt that bit more at ease. Gyms are still intimidating in the beginning though, and my advice is not to let them spook you. No one is judging you, your workout, your weights or your body. They’re all to busy focusing on their own workout to even notice you, to be honest. So focus on yourself. If you do find yourself lost with a particular machine, just take your time, read the instructions on the side (they all have them!) and if that fails, ask for help! The Gym staff are always happy to help you. It is their job, after all, so don’t feel silly. And hey, you’re still lapping everyone at home in their beds.


For someone who didn’t own as much as a sports bra two months ago, it’s safe to day I’m now addicted to fitness fashion. Having a comfortable wardrobe to workout in makes you feel so much better, plus its an excuse to shop for some cute new bits. Tip: I tend to wear a baseball cap in the gym as it not only keeps my hair out of my face (I’m growing out a fringe) but it also hides my purple face when I’m on the treadmill, and in those cheeky gym selfies too. Happy Days.

Some of my recent fitness fashion buys:

What’s on my wishlist:

1: Frends Headphones

2: these super-slick Nike Trainers

3: anything by Calvin Klein!

Make a killer playlist:

I honestly cant stress the importance of a good playlist enough. Put together something super high energy that motivates you, and make it at least an hour long. My preference right now is hip hop, but I’ll probably make a different one soon to switch it up. Check it out below, and feel free to follow!

Tip: If you’re using Spotify, don’t forget to make your playlist available offline, which means you can listen to it even with no wifi connection. Genius!

Set #Goals, find your Fitspo:

Whether it’s a specific size you’re aiming for, or more definition in one particular area, is important to set clear goals for yourself. You don’t need to share them with everyone, but write them down somewhere safe and secret (on your phone maybe) and look at them often. Visual elements like photos are extra-effective. Another major tip is to find some great Fitspo ladies to follow online, and they’ll provide you with endless motivation, plus some extra tips, tricks and workout ideas along the way. My personal favourites are Kelly Donegan, Maeve Madden, and Madeline Mulqueen. If you’re not following these girls, get on it! They’re fierce, fit, and utterly fabulous. G’wan the Irish!

I hope you liked these beginner tips and tricks, and if you have any to share yourself, please please do leave them in the comments below, lord knows I need all the help I can get right now, haha! Be sure to follow the hashtag #CODfitness on instagram also, to stay updated in between these blog posts.

Happy Shopping,

Ciara x



  1. April 2, 2016 / 10:48

    Hello Ciara, your blog is very helpful for me as I have just started my fitness routine. Your tips are really amazing I will definitely follow these tips. Thanks for sharing…

    • ciara
      April 7, 2016 / 22:21

      Delighted to hear it, thanks for reading Cindy! xx

  2. January 17, 2017 / 16:38

    Great advice! They always say that working out in the morning leads to a more productive day. Now I just need to stop snoozing my alarm. Thanks for sharing!

  3. March 28, 2017 / 09:17

    Thanks for sharing this.
    I am beginning to workout now for health improvement.
    I would love to follow these tips.
    Thanks again!

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