January 14, 2013
Last week it was st least 15 minutes of exercise a day. Did you all fit that in?
This week is different. I’ve felt increasingly stressed lately, hence this week the challenge is to spend at least 15 minutes a day de-stressing. It may be taking a bath, reading a book or going for a walk. Whatever makes you relaxed. For me its definitely a book. I’ve been reading the first Game of Thrones for a very long time now and hoping to have it finished by the end of this week. I’m going to spend whatever free time I have to get lost in the world of ice and fire.
January 7, 2013
Sometimes the gym is just not appealing. I had a dreadful day at work and didn’t have time for breakfast or lunch. With just a few quick snacks in me, stresses to the bone and shaky – I was just not in the right place for a gym workout. I needed a chat and cudles and comfort from the Mr. Then a big plate of food packed with omega oils, vitamins and minerals to give me a boost. I then decided to hit the floor for some good old fashioned workout. 82 press ups and a 15 minute core workout later I am now happily stretching on through floor. Together with a good hour or so of walking today, I think I’ve done alright. Don’t let yourself be defeated, a quick one on the floor can help your mood and confidence.
This week’s challenge is to do at least 15 minutes of exercise a day. It will help you get started for the fittest year ever! Snart now!
Now I’m hoping for a better rest of the week. I’m excited about my first poimle session of 2013 with my office girlies tomorrow 🙂
November 19, 2012
Train with others! Do at least three group classes this week. Enjoy working out with others or being guided through your workout. Take a step away from hiding in the corner of the gym or not daring to do a class because you are afraid of getting judged. Training with others can be fun, motivating and more energetic. You may even get a few friends on the go.
I have already done a group Yoga class, what is going to be your first class?
picture taken from: http://healthandfitnessbay.blogspot.co.uk/2010_11_01_archive.html
November 12, 2012
This week I challenge you all (including myself) to stretch more. Spend an extra 5-10 minutes after your run/workout/fitness class to work through your whole body or take a few minutes in the morning or evening just to lengthen your body. Don’t go beyond any pain boundaries, but work with your own body. Another challenge to bare with you throughout winter is to stick with your fitness routine and don’t slack due to the weather, approaching Christmas or for any other reason. If you want to avoid the likely weight gain that comes with all the heavy Christmas food etc. there is only one way to go: Stay Active and Stay Fit.
I’ve done my evening yoga class and feel both strengthened and lengthened. We’re going towards darker times with less light and less energy. Take extra care of your body and prevent muscles from tensing up and shortening from hunched up postures when avoiding rain and cold, sitting in front of the computer and lacking the motivation to hit the gym because you’re feeling the winter blues coming on. It may be that a few minutes of lengthening your body in the morning makes you feel ready to go for the day and feel more alive, or that a couple of minutes in the evening will relax you and prepare you for a better night’s sleep. By being one step a head of your fitness and continuing your fitness routine you’re more likely to have more energy this winter and be able to avoid those extra kilos that come with the yummy Christmas treats that are now everywhere in store (despite it being only November).
pictures from: http://sensesyoga.wordpress.com
October 29, 2012
The classic BURPEE! I tortured my boyfriend yesterday by making him do it with a bosu ball and a press-up for two sets of 1 one minute. He had to do a press up on the bosu ball (flat side up) and the pick it up to lift it over his head when he jumped up. He was dead by the end of it. This week I challenge you to do 21 minutes of burpees. Spread it out and do 3 minutes per day, or do longer sessions fewer times. For an extra challenge add a press-up with each burpee and give yourself a tricep workout as well.Count how many you do and add them up and you’ll find yourself with a number to be proud of! Who’s on this weeks fat burning and arm trimming challenge?
a. Start in an upright position
b. squat down
c. jump into plank (do a press up here)
d. jump back into a squatting position
e. jump up from the squatting position to standing (repeat)
Picture taken from http://crosstrainingandfitness.com