We’ve all been through times when it’s been hard to commit to exercise. There you are smashing five sessions a week with a personal trainer, and then something happens, and your fitness efforts just scream to a halt. Life has this habit of just sometimes getting in the way.
Well, I am at that point now. My fitness routine has certainly taken a back seat in recent months. Following a recent sciatic injury and ridiculous work commitments, the gym workout has been non-existent for me. After weeks of no formal exercise, my energy levels have somewhat nose-dived. I really feel that now is the time to get back into doing some form of exercise. I’m not feeling quite ready for the studio yet, so I have a new plan.
I love exercising outdoors, so I plan to wrap up warm, rain or shine and steadily build up my stamina ready for the gym in the new year by getting walking.
Walking is a free, simple and very effective way to kick start your fitness. Fast pace walking is a perfect way to raise your heart rate and is a super way of burning fat too. My target is to smash 10000 steps per day; this is about a 45-minute brisk walk. I am trialling the Apple watch to count my steps, but Fitbit is another one of my favourite fitness trackers.
My top tip? Keep it fun and take the family with you, or maybe the dog. Even though my 10000 steps is the equivalent of about 100,000 steps for Star, my Jack Russell Terrier! He still enjoys it though and has a great way of just lying down on his back with his legs in the air and refusing to walk when he has had enough. I’ve had to carry him back on more than one occasion. Get yourself a good pair of walking trainers too and you are good to go.