How many of us would like to do more exercise? Feel our best for the summer? Regular readers may be aware that I’ve been going to studio cycling since September. I aim to fit in at least one class a week. Now and again something crops up to get in the way, like a bank holiday or one of the children being ill, but if I possibly can, I try to stick to that one exercise class as a minimum.
And has it helped? Since I’ve been spinning I feel stronger and fitter, but I’d like to build on that and do more than 45 minutes exercise a week.
I used to run and that seems like a good choice of exercise. As I drive around Portishead I’m sure to see at least a handful of women pounding the pavements along the way and the great thing about going for a jog down the road from your front door is that you can just go…even if you only have half an hour. You don’t need to worry about getting prepared for the gym and if you’re not in the mood, you don’t have to be sociable or interact with anyone. I find it can also be a great way of clearing your head. And, of course, it’s free!
HOW DO I GET MOTIVATED?
7 EXPERT TIPS TO GET YOU RUNNING
- Consistency is king – try and get out there on a regular basis.
- Don’t look for excuses not to run – If it’s raining – let the rain cool you down
- If it’s hot – enjoy the feel of the sun on your skin
- If it’s hilly – remember what goes up also comes down
- If you have a bit of a cold/hangover – take the opportunity to sweat it out
- Go for it, whatever your mood – it’s better to have an unsatisfactory run than not do one at all
- And my own favourite tip. Make a regular date with a jogging buddy so it’s harder to cancel a running session!