As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I’m not a believer in fad diets or crazy eating plans. I believe in eating well and in moderation, I don’t want to put negative food connotations into the minds of my impressionable daughters and prefer to educate them in the positive elements of eating healthy, delicious food.
So you’ll never read about new year diets on this blog but what I do, do every year (without fail) is say that I’m going to get fitter, do more exercise and generally feel more in control of my fitness level. I always start the year with good intentions but the gym is not my friend and the thought of going out for a run in the dark, is quite frankly way too scary.
Having failed year on year to make a dent in my fitness goals, I’ve vowed that this year is going to be different. While I’m probably never going to run a marathon or even a half marathon in my lifetime, I can still get fit in my own way. Here are some examples of what I enjoy doing… and as we all know if you enjoy doing something, you’re more likely to stick with it!
1. A long power walk uphill pushing Iris in the buggy.
2. Following yoga and fitness tutorials on YouTube in my kitchen.
3. Swimming with Iris.
4. Cycling with my daughters at the weekend.
5. Jumping on the trampoline with my daughters.
6. Dancing classes.
7. Running in a group with friends.
If you’ve set yourself a fitness goal this year and you’re already feeling fed-up and deflated by the thought of going to the gym, I really do recommend that you think of alternative ways to keep fit, ways that you enjoy and that will make you happy. The main aim is to get your heart-rate up and push yourself (and your body) out of your comfort zone. The more exercise you do, the more endorphins your body produces, making you feel happier and more positive – so it has a good effect on your mind and body.
Don’t forget it’s also important to look after your body. Start off gradually and make sure you always warm up and cool down, and if you’re feeling a bit stiff treat yourself to a sports massage. After all, it doesn’t have to be all hard work!
Another important factor to consider is your sleeping routine. More exercise always results in more sleep (for me, anyway), the more active I am, the better I sleep. You should also make sure that you have a good mattress to support your body’s recovery needs. For example, Tempur® mattresses, pillows and beds provides optimum comfort for recovery, with the help of their unique visco elastic material (from NASA, no less) that helps improve your sleep.
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I’d love to hear how your fitness goals are going this year and how you enjoy keeping fit.
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