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Top 5 Tips to Start Moving

December 20, 2015



By Natalya Kanj / Photography Reem Kanj

I’m not even going to lie, before New York, I hadn’t worked out for two months and I was beginning to feel like I had completely lost all motivation to head to the gym. I needed a kick start to get back into everything and so when Bershka asked me to partner with them on their new ‘Start Moving’ campaign, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to get going again.

I made sure I packed a few pieces from their active wear collection for my trip to New York, I figured if I can work out, (albeit once) on vacation, then I have no excuse to work out at home.

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s the hardest time to stay motivated. You’re surrounded by all the food, your family and friends are indulging and you just want to join in. Plus, I feel like it’s the one time of the year where the words gluten free, healthy and diet can and should be tabled, at least until after New Year’s.

Of course, as usual one of the resolutions on everyone’s my list for 2016 will be to workout more, but I’ve been down that road before, so instead of considering this as a brand new regime, I’m seeing it as a continuation from a really long break. If you’re in the same boat as me, I’ve shared some of my top tips for getting back on the gym waggon below.

In collaboration with Bershka. As usual, all opinions and views are my own!  


Start slow. Even if you go to the gym for 20 minutes it’s still better than doing nothing at all.

Work out in the morning. This really wakes me up and puts me in a great mood for the rest of the day. Plus you don’t have to ‘dread’ the thought of going all day.

Get the right gear. There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable in your gym clothes.

Switch it up. Go for a run outside or go to a class, this way your workouts don’t get boring and become less of a routine.

Make a playlist. Listening to music is a great motivator. Anything that gets you going and puts you in a good mood.