When it comes to exercising, I found that initially, having a routine was really important to keep me on track. But it’s easy get stuck in a workout rut.
I mean, I love a pie (who the hell doesn’t!?) but eating one every single day would get pretty boring, right?
So I’m mixing it up, keeping it fun, and dragging a friend along for the ride.. So other than sweating it out at the gym, here’s what I’ve been up to:
- Cycling – There’s nothing better than a bike ride in the countryside, wind in your hair, sun beaming down on you, and last summer I seemed to be on one every other weekend! Usually followed by a pub lunch of course – but let’s face it, I earned those calories! I can’t wait for it to warm up again so I can get back out there on two wheels.
- Yoga – I dream of being flexible and impressing people with my splits skills, so I have started to stretch a lot more. I also treat myself occasionally to a candlelit yoga class which is soooo zen.
- Bouldering – I’m still a novice but my upper body strength has slightly increased and from the aches I feel the next day, it seems to work every single muscle in my body (most of which I didn’t realise I had!). So worth it. Details: http://craggy-island.com/sutton-climbing-centre/overview-Sutton
- Flying trapeze – Hands down the best thing I’ve done all year. Love the adrenaline. I can get a teeny weeny bit frustrated when I can’t do something so this is definitely a challenge but it’s a lot of fun and I’m so glad I’ve kept it up. In the summer the classes will be taken outside which is going to be so awesome. This year I hope to keep learning and improving and hopefully I might eventually start to look a little graceful up there!? Details:http://www.gorillacircus.com/
- Swimming – I’m a big fan of doing the breast stroke, with my head held so high out of the water it’s like I’ve entered a competition to keep my hair as dry as possible – If that were a sport, I’d always get first place! Also, it means I get to relax in the sauna afterwards without feeling guilty AND swimming seems to double my appetite so I can eat more. #winning
- Running – ok, so admittedly I can probably count the amount of times I’ve been running on both hands but considering the only time I ever ran before was when I was forced to do cross country at school (and even then I walked most of it), I ain’t doing too bad. Anyway, I’m pretty sure it’s bad for your joints if you run too often, so I’m actually doing myself a favour… And that’s that argument I’m sticking with!
- Boot camp – As I sit here typing, with the rain hammering against my window, I can safely say that one of the best decisions I ever made was NOT signing up to the British Military Fitness programme. I went to three or four sessions to try it out and don’t get me wrong, it was a lot fun, and a great workout with a lovely bunch of people. But when you’re doing burpees in a dark cold field, the chance of faceplanting dog shit is very real people. So for that reason, I’m out. Details:https://www.britmilfit.com/
- Joining an online community – Even in the gym things can get a bit samey, so to keep motivated and to make sure workouts don’t go on for hours on end, I like to follow plans such as Kayla Itsines BBG, Emily Skye (who in my opinion has the dream bod!) and occasionally throw in a move from the most sought after fitness class and sexy cult of the moment, the Skinny Bitch Collective. They all have an impressive Instagram community, which is great for accountability and encouragement from like minded gals! BBG meet ups are arranged all over the world so who knows, online friendships could become real life friendships.
Over the last year, I have discovered that more and more of the things I do for fun are actually fitness related – it’s like when you are a kid and your parents sneak veggies in to your dinner without you realising – before you know it you’re actually enjoying it!
I plan to continue doing everything on the above list and then some. As well as getting around to attempting spinning and trampolining, I also want to try out some more unusual classes… Rebounce, Booty Barre and Morning Gloryville
My problem now is fitting it all in and still finding time for a glass of wine – because trapeze with a hangover is not the one. Trust me.