January Fitness Challenge with Eileen Munday
Many people have fitness trackers or apps nowadays to help keep them motivated to lose weight, burn calories, monitor heart rates, record training progress or help them eat sensibly.
They are all fantastic tools but not essential to enabling you to do these things. They work for lots of people but for those preferring that personal touch you can’t beat the social aspect of exercising with a group you feel comfortable with.
As an Exercise and Wellbeing Coach at The Natural Wellbeing Centre of Romsey, I wanted to set up a plan that was simple, effective, required no wi-fi hotspot and enables people to be part of a group activity working alongside real people with similar goals.
Humans usually need to feel a sense of belonging in order to grow and succeed. They also want to be in control of their lives but have the option to ask for extra help as and when required and that’s where this challenge comes in with the optional training choices available to you to keep you on track.
Our version of a January New Year’s challenge is designed to help keep you focused, feeling fit and gently supported while making a start on burning off those extra Christmas calories or built up stresses.
Treat yourself to a nice little ‘Wellbeing’ book and record your personal health and fitness progress in it for 2018. This can also be done in your personal diary or even on a sheet of paper. (or your phone if you are attached to it).
Then, every day in January aim to do a little extra something of activity for your January Fitness Challenge. This can be anything like:
• Going for a morning or lunchtime walk, adding in a hill or two if venue allows
• Getting off the bus a stop early/parking further away than you need to in order to get a few extra minutes in
• Use the stairs every day at work for a day
• At home if you have stairs climb them ten times or take the steps two at a time even
• Try a new exercise class you have never done before
• Take advantage of a groupon offer if you can find one to try a new activity such as trampolining, bowling, ice skating, swimming or try a new pastime anyway!
• Get a skipping rope and try and beat the number of skips you did last time … aim for 5-10 more each time.
• If you don’t have a dog borrow one or accompany a friend on a dog walk
• Loan a bike on a nice sunny day or get yours out of the shed to cycle to meet a friend for lunch
• If you know you need to stretch out those tight muscles even a good stretching session at home with some deep breathing to ground you before you start your busy day even counts!
Here’s my own personal Quick ‘go to’ home workout if you get stuck such as……
3 minutes of jogging on the spot waving your arms, 5 x star jumps, 5 x press ups, 5 squats, 1 x plank, and repeat 2-3 times
If this challenge is successful we will aim to set different goals for you each month during the course of the year. We are really happy to put in the effort to create fun programs for you, but we need to know that you want these and will join in with us.
Even if you don’t manage to compete your activity diary every day, it really doesn’t matter. The aim of this is to get you thinking about being more physically active and doing more than you would if you were left to your own devices.
We would love to see your finished diaries at the end of the month, but again if you don’t want to share that’s absolutely fine. Its all about you doing what you need to. However, a reward will be given at our next OPEN MORNING on February 4th to the person who we feel has put the most in to this.
So, are you up for the January Fitness Challenge?
Register here today to come to our next Open Day Spark http://www.naturalwellbeingcentre.co.uk/spark-sundays-park-outdoor-exercise-session on Sunday 4th February….. Keep the date, details to follow
Let us know here that you are going to join us this January and be part of a healthy new year
January Fitness Challenge with Eileen Munday at The Natural Wellbeing Centre of Romsey