Fallen out of the fitness groove and want to find a way back in? Need some inspiration to get you moving again? Finding a workout that’s fun and fits in with family timetables can be a challenge.
The very first step is to figure out what you enjoy doing – you’re not going to stick at it if you’re doing it through gritted teeth. Find the workout that works for you and get those feel good endorphins running through your veins.
Blow the dust off your training shoes and get off the starting blocks with these ideas:
1. Do it with a friend
Back when Kelly and I were neighbours we had a long standing Tuesday morning workout date. Sometimes with a DVD, other times it’d be a workout plan that we’d picked up online or through a friend. In just one hour a week we managed to simultaneously get fitter, solve problems, recommend books/movies/restaurants, suggest parenting tactics and generally provide backup and accountability. Accountability is everything – it’s too easy to opt out if you’re on your own. You need a really good reason to let down a friend!
2. Hit the Gym
The great thing about a gym is the variety on offer. The bad part is the expense, especially if you don’t use it! If you’ve got a gym membership, get on down there and have a look at the class list. Zumba, Fitball, Spinning, Power Yoga, Boxing…. be open to trying anything – you might surprise yourself. Alternate days so you also use the cardio machines and weight equipment. If you’re not sure how something works, get an instructor to show you. You’re paying for membership – so either use it, or drop it. (Better to support a local charity than your local gym, right?)
3. Get fresh
Instead of being a gym rat, get outside. Find a local boot-camp, sign up for tennis lessons, go horse riding, join a running club (like I just did – it’s weird I’ve always resisted running with other people but turns out I love it!). Or get a bunch of you together at the weekend and play frisbee in the park. An outdoor workout gives you lots of bang for your buck. The smells and sounds of nature will switch off that internal chatter plus you get your all important dose of vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin. (Just 20 minutes outside produces 100 times the recommended daily allowance.)
4. Kid around
Exercise with the kids – play hide and seek, tag, skip rope, dance, kick a ball around, go roller skating. If you’ve got a baby, sign up for buggyfit classes – exercise in the park with your child, get fit and make friends all at once. Playing with the kids makes you feel like a kid and gives you a great opportunity to connect and have fun together.
5. Home base
If getting out of the house isn’t an option, set yourself up with some great fitness DVDs and create a weekly workout schedule. I’m loving anything by the slightly scary (but oh-so-effective) Jillian Michaels. Davina McCall also ticks the box for me. Kelly’s current fave is the Insanity Workout (but she’s hard core) and we’ve dabbled with Tracy Anderson’s Dance Cardio Workout, but spent most of the time laughing at our inability to keep up. If you have two left feet, you’re much better off with her regular Tracey Anderson 30 Day Method.
So now you’ve got some ideas to get you thinking – it’s time make a plan of action. Drop the excuses, get up and get on with it!
Use the Project Me Fitness Planner to plot out how you’ll move your body each week. It has a space to write your fitness goal and boxes to tick that you’ve completed each day. Go get ’em!
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In the comments below, let us know what you like doing to get fit. How often do you workout? Do you do it with a friend? Do you have any fitness goals you’d like to be held accountable for? Share them here!