Time is the biggest demon for anyone trying to get fit. We are all so busy every day with work, family and other commitments that finding anything nearing the recommended 3 hours a week to exercise can seem impossible. What I want to show you today is that it is easier than you think.
A quick reminder too that I finish for Christmas with Outdoor Bootcamp on Saturday 24th December 8-8.45am and then on Saturday 31st December there is a second Outdoor Bootcamp. Normal sessions will start back on Monday 9th January. I still have some space for training and massage next week so let me know as soon as possible if you want to slot in before the 24th.
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January sees the next intake for my ‘Get Moving’ plan and so far everyone on the plan has lost more than 7 inches in 8 weeks. Watch this space if you would like this to be you! I still 2 have spaces in my new Stretch & Relaxation classes starting in January on a Wednesday 8-9pm or a Sunday 10-11am. It is your last chance to get my ‘Take Control of Sugar’ plan at the special price of £49. If you want a structured, easy to follow plan with all the hard work done for you then you have until 31st December to book your place.
There should be something there for everyone! See below for details of my ‘Festive Fitness Challenge’…..
What we learnt at the Santa Dash on Sunday…
As many of you will have seen, I did the Santa Dash in Glasgow with my husband and daughters aged 10 and 12 on Sunday. We did it last year and the girls had enjoyed it and were keen to do it again. That had been the first time that Hannah had run as far as 5k but she managed it and was so proud of herself. Back to this year then and I thought they would find it easier having done it before and because they are a year older and stronger too. It didn’t quite go as expected! So what went wrong?
Last year both girls were at primary school and each day ran the ‘daily mile’. This was an initiative brought in to schools to improve fitness levels and get kids moving. It is great on so many levels and they really enjoy getting out and burning off some energy. They were timed regularly so had an incentive to get faster and build their fitness. So, in the run up to the Santa Dash last year they were both running 5 miles a week as well as doing gymnastics and their other activities. With a move to High school for one and a sporadic approach to the daily mile at another school that volume has dwindled. Both girls are fit but without the specific mile each day they found it much harder.
What I want you to take from this is that fitting in a run whilst the kids are at activities or at the end of a long day or a half hour walk at lunchtime can seem like a lot of effort for little gain but it is worth it. You need to fit in your sessions each week depending on what your goals are whether in the gym, pool or going to classes. Adding in another 30 minutes here and there is a great way to supplement your training and boost results. Once you build in half hour slots it is amazing how you will soon find more time you can commit to exercise. Getting fit is a process and one that is much easier if you do more and put the time in.
Who would have thought that a mile a day could make such a difference? We will be back at the Santa Dash next year with a little more preparation than this year and raring to go!
After Christmas I will be running my ‘Festive Fitness Challenge’ on Facebook so make sure you have liked my fit4evermore page to see details. There will be 4 days of 30 minutes exercise for you to complete – no equipment necessary. You don’t even need to leave the house!
I hope that you have found that useful and will join us for the ‘Festive Fitness Challenge’. If you haven’t already done so then please follow the link below to subscribe to my newsletter to make sure you receive offers as they are realised and lots of information and advice to help you with your fitness journey.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for all your support in 2016 and I look forward to working with you all in 2017.