OK so the title of this blog post is kind of misleading, because in actual fact, I’m not really going out of my way to be goal setting when it comes to being active. That doesn’t mean I’m not trying to be a little bit ‘fit’ and active this year, it just means I’m not pressuring myself or making any false promises to myself, and then I go letting myself down.
There was a time when I really fitness orientated, and I used to rack up around 4-5 visits to the gym each week. Now, my working hours and freelancing just means I’m forever all over the place, and I’m much more likely to average out at twice a week. But you know what? It works for me. I would love to fit one more visit in each week guaranteed, and perhaps this year I’ll try that little bit harder to. But there’s a few other ways I’m planning to stay active this year.
Have a read on at some ‘achievable’ aims, and perhaps they may inspire you too…
Go Outside More
Such a simple sounding one, but in reality, it can be quite hard for me to make time to actually be outside, moving my body, and not sat on my backside indoor! So one small step for me this year is just to get myself outdoors more. Its usually around 7pm when I get home during the week, in which I’m make dinner, have a shower, watch a program/work on the blog, and then go to bed for 10.30.
What I’m aiming to do here is to work in around two days a week where I either take a half an hour walk outside on my lunch break, or go for a walk after work. I have this super cool new coat from Tokyo Laundry which is lovely and warm with all its padding, and comes with a fab oversized hood! I’m hoping this will encourage me to get myself outdoors that little bit more, and just simply walk around.
Or I could get a dog… then I’d have to go outside! I’ll work on the boyfriend with that one…
Take up PiYo
OK so some of you might be wondering what I mean by PiYo. PiYo is a cross between Pilates and yoga, but isn’t actually like standard Pilates and yoga classes that make you hold long, intense poses. It also avoids focusing on dozens of repetitive, isolated core movements. PiYo speeds everything up by working to dynamic, flowing sequences that can burn serious calories at the same time as they lengthen and tone your muscles and increase your flexibility.
It’s getting more and more talked about, but if you haven’t heard much about it before, here’s a PiYo review that makes sense.
In a nutshell, it involves movement techniques which work on sculpting the muscles as per Pilates, brings in the flexibility you get from yoga exercises, and lets you focus on continuous, flowing movement, so you’re always burning calories. You can do it at home, just like Pilates and yoga, so I’m going to give this a whirl this year!
Keep Monitoring Myself
This sounds like a harsh one, but it really isn’t. What I mean by this is to not get sloppy this year and forget to monitor my progress with keeping in shape, and maintaining my fitness. It’s easy when you work sitting down all day to stop analysing yourself and let yourself go a little, then suddenly you come to try a dress on that you wore last Christmas, and realise you no longer squeeze into it.
I’d like to call myself the queen of mirror selfies, and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll find that’s correct! I’m always snapping away, posting #OOTD’s (outfit of the day shots for those who are down with the insta-lingo!) which helps me spot if I’m looking a bit flabbier, or if I can see my carb/sugar indulgence going to my face, or my clothes looking skin tight. It’s a much kinder, more fan way of keeping yourself in check than standing on the dreaded scales!
So there you go, three small, very tiny efforts I’ll be making this year. I’m not about pushing myself and pressuring myself to suddenly change into a workout obsessed lady this year. I just want to maintain my weight, tone up a little more, and ensure I’m getting enough exercise to clear my mind and stop me from seizing up on the sofa…
If you have any ideas too, I’d love to hear them!