Great intentions but still not getting fit? Here’s how to get there without the Gym.
If the gym membership doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of other ways to get yourself in shape. Winter’s getting pretty boring now, and getting some regular exercise into your life really does help fire the happy hormones around the brain. Here are 5 plans to get you going, I hope one of them ticks your box.
1. Create your own boot camp
Boot Camp is an ever-growing exercise regime, based on a military style parade ground workout. You can go and sign up to a program, and just as easily sort out your own regime in the garden/park. If you can’t get to some outdoor space, then your sitting room will have to do!
This is designed for busy people who don’t have much time – whether it’s 10 minutes or an hour that you can squeeze into your day, it’s going to make a difference. The trick is to maintain an elevated heart-rate for the entire workout, so no sitting down to catch your breath!
Start with some stretches to limber up the muscles, then do the following with as much as energy as you can muster – remember, keeping the heart-rate high is vital in a short workout to get the fat burning!
50 Jumping Jacks (Star jumps)
10 press ups (Keep the body straight)
20 Jumping Jacks
20 sit-ups (fingers on side of head, feet flat on floor, exhale as you lift)
20 Jumping Jacks
20 Mountain climbers (Hold the raised press-up position, and keeping the body straight, jog your feet alternately as far up under your body as is comfortable. The faster the better!)
Repeat x 3 times. If you have the space, add a 50 metre sprint between each set.
If you find you struggle to keep this up alone then sign-up to a local group before you give up, of which there are many. For example, London’s Our Parks runs free outdoor fitness classes across the city. Check them out at www.ourparks.org.uk
2. Join a team
Remember the days when you played team sport at school? It doesn’t have to stay in the past! There are 1000’s of amateur sports clubs in the UK, and they’re waiting for you to come and join. This gives you a whole load of fun and interaction, as well as a helping hand to reach your fitness goals. You’ll find almost every sport represented in this country wide list. www.sports-clubs.net
3. Sign up for a challenge
Take the plunge and commit to an event, and you’ll have a pressing reason to focus on your exercise! Maybe you fancy a full-on triathlon (check out our friends at www.humanrace.co.uk), or if an Obstacle course race sounds more fun then check out the blog on this summer’s best OCRs.
4. Get social
If cycling or running is up your street, get involved with today’s technology and make it interactive. It’s way easier to keep going when you’re sharing the challenge. Apps like Strava allow you to pit your speeds against other people who have run the same route, join groups, share the pain and much more. The Nike training app is another cracker, with tons of workout videos straight to your phone to help you stick to the plan.
5. Ask us if we can help!
FUEL10K is keen to help, whatever stage you’re at on your fitness journey. Get in touch with us and tell us what you need, and we’ll do what we can to help. Whether it’s getting in touch with a local trainer, getting some free professional advice, or even getting your team/club/group some backing we’d love to hear from you.
Good luck, and let us know how it’s going! Thanks for reading,