This year has been s***. For pretty much everyone for individual reasons. And everyone has dealt with that in their own way. If your way of dealing has not been to exercise every hour of the day then that is okay, it happens, but where do we go from here? Suddenly staring a crazy workout regime may be too daunting as well as too much for the body if starting from nothing.
Its cold, and frosty, and all most people want to do at this time of year is hibernate, but I promise you…you need to get out there.
I have recently been involved in a couple of walking challenges, which I know sounds super boring, but it has made me feel so much better. I feel far more productive after an early morning walk, I get better sleep if I’ve been walking that day and it gives me something to aim for- a daily goal.
First things first
Get yourself some kind of pedometer/ step counter. Whether it’s a fitbit, fancy smart watch or just keeping your phone in your pocket there are so many apps and step counters you can use.
Set yourself the goal of trying to reach 10,000 steps a day, be warned this can lead to random marching on the spot at 10pm getting those last few steps in but hey ho.
It may be cold but wrap yourself up warm and get outside, the benefits of fresh air are countless! Fresh air can help with your digestion, improve blood pressure and heart rate, strengthen the immune system and help improve your mood.
Set the challenge!
Start a walking challenge with your family, a group of friends or your colleagues. Trust me! Pair it with a group chat to update each other on progress or offer support and motivation, or extra prizes for best photo and you suddenly have something to talk to a group of people about every day!
I recently have taken part in a family challenge (pair with the least steps in 2 weeks buys dinner when we can all get together again) and my partner set up a walking challenge at his work (also with best photo) and both challenges have had us competitively up at the crack of dawn getting in those steps before work and we have both felt great.