There’s no denying that exercise is great for your health. So what’s getting great exercise? For me, great exercise means getting a combination of resistance, cardiovasular and flexibility type exercise on a regular basis so you’re benefiting your cardiovasular system, muscles, bones and also de-stressing. I used to rely heavily on the cardio type exercise in my weekly exercise programme – I love to run!
But this year I’ve also added cross-fit and yoga. Both of which have made me realise I’m super weak and not as flexible as I could be! Since starting cross fit, I’ve got much stronger and more toned, and I’ve been loving yoga. Yoga is not only relaxing and good for stress relief, at the same time it also gives you a bit of a toning workout – how much depends on what type of yoga you do.
For the 30 Days of Wellness Challenge, make getting into an exercise routine a priority, combining both cardiovascular and resistance exercise as well as some stretching, yoga type exercises in.
The good news is you don’t need to spend a lot of money on exercise and there’s lots of low cost/free options. Running / fast walking are good options and there are some great smart phone apps.
My favourite app is the Nike Training Club app. I can’t rave about this app enough. It uses the concept of functional training where you work out multiple muscle groups at the same time. You get an efficient workout in a shorter amount of time. Read here for more about the app.
Getting into an exercise routine is important – especially on those wet, cold days when all you want to do is go home from work, not out for a run!
Here’s some tips for staying motivated to exercise:
1. Get an exercise buddy so you can stay accountable to each other
2. Set a workout schedule that you fill in each time you exercise – kind of like a star chart but a grown up version!
3. Enter an event
4. Set some goals of what you want to achieve
5. Don’t make excuses and just do it! How many times have you regretted working out? Probably never I’d imagine 🙂
6. Schedule it into your day so “I don’t have time” isn’t an excuse for you.
7. Read here for a technique to help get you moving when you don’t feel like it!
What are your favourite ways to keep active and fit?
How do you stay motivated to exercise?