Now it may not come as a surprise to you but I don’t find it difficult to keep myself active. In fact, my biggest problem is probably having to sit down at a desk for an 8-hour stretch staring blankly at my computer screen. (This is not entirely true but I do work with words most days which requires using a computer and a number of tea breaks to find the right phrase to throw down onto paper.) So when I’m not at work, I enjoy making the most of my time off and exploring various different ways to exercise.
So when I’m not at work, I enjoy making the most of my time off and exploring various different ways to exercise. From the versa climber classes at Sweat by BXR to Studio Lagree, I’m always looking at new ways to challenge my body. And what I’ve found is the stuff I most enjoy e.g. running, barre, reformer Pilates is the activity I stick with. That’s not to say I’m not always ready to try something new, which is something that a recent event I attended was all about.
Led by the fitness expert Chiara Pellegrino in collaboration with a new vegetable-based snack called Off The Eaten Path, the whole idea was to show that you can be adventurous with exercise whatever your age. Whether you’re trying barre for the first time or kayaking, there are always ways to shake up your routine. And you don’t have to be in your 20s to do so. You could take up skipping in your 60s just like my mum. Here she is running…
If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few tips from Chiara and Off the Eaten Path (a tasty treat with no artificial nasties made from ingredients such as rice, green beans, pinto beans and white beans).
Don’t rush it
This is fairly self-explanatory. Being active is all about finding how to fit a gap into your routine. You may not be able to magically add an hour onto the day but you could squeeze in 30 minutes at the end of the day or cycle part of the way to work. You also do not to feel too overwhelmed and be burnt out after the first week. Build up your activity slowly so it naturally becomes a part of your everyday.
Try something new
Whether that’s Tango dancing or gardening, the way to keep yourself interested is to find an activity that pushes you outside of your comfort zone. For me personally, that’s something like climbing. I may not be able to attend every week but I enjoy the thrill of the climb once in a while and it certainly ticks the adventurous box for me.
You don’t have to go it alone. One of the best ways to ensure you keep at it is to join up with friends on a regular basis. If you know that they’re going to be there, then it’ll give you that push to attend.
If you’ve set yourself goals, then don’t forget to reward yourself. Whether that is a snack, new pair of trainers or warm bath (I often opt for a massage, I know, I’m a sucker for pain), it’ll make the hard work all the more worth it.
You don’t have to be a crazy fitness fanatic or Instagram star to enjoy fitness. No matter who you are, staying active can help you both physically and mentally. What are you waiting for? Get ready for your next big adventure on the right track.
Thank you to Off the Eaten Path for inviting me to the Ballet Blast class – I always love an excuse to raise the barre!