There are loads of different reasons to get fit and keep fit.
• You’ll be happier (exercise does make you smile)
• You’ll be stress free (exercise does help to relieve stress)
• You’ll be able to fit into the part of your wardrobe which has been strictly off limits during your “larger period”
• You’ll have fun (exercise really is fun)
• You’ll live longer (so you’ll have longer to be happy, stress free, look good and have fun)
January is the time of year when people register with health clubs and tie themselves down to costly monthly fees in the hopes of getting fit . . . put your money away, it really isn’t necessary. There are some fabulous, fun ways to keep fit which cost nothing, or next to nothing at all.
Running – is the ultimate free way to keep fit. Okay, so running might not be everyone’s idea of fun and let’s face it you don’t see many runners with a smile on their face but that doesn’t mean they aren’t having a good time. If you really want to release your inner child perhaps you should remember the episode of Friends when Phoebe goes running with Rachel waving her arms around like a crazy person. Do whatever you like, just move.
Walking – is another fabulous, free method of keeping fit. Incorporating a little walking into your day might be easier than you think. You don’t have to go power walking for ten miles, that’s not necessary at all. Perhaps you should walk to work instead of taking the car if possible, park a little further away from work to walk the last few minutes, jump off the bus a couple of stops early to walk the last ten minutes, walk to the stores instead of driving, walk your dog, walk your neighbor’s dog, walk to the park with your children – just walk.
Jumping rope – Many people won’t have jumped a rope since the school yard but it really is one fabulous way of releasing your inner child, having fun and getting fit. Jumping rope is one of the best things you can do to burn up calories and improve your fitness.
exercise ropes – are a different kettle of fish entirely, they are more like jump ropes which have been on steroids. They are great for using in strength and conditioning programs particularly useful for the arms. Wind the rope around a post or tree then holding onto each end of the rope wave your arms up and down really fast – it’s a killer. You can wave your arms alternately or together – not for the faint hearted.
Exercise buddies are a fabulous idea and can really help you to keep on track. It’s one thing to turn the alarm off and roll over for another half hour in bed if you’re only letting yourself down, but what if your friend will be waiting for you at the corner to go for an early morning run? Exercising with a buddy is a fabulous idea if you can find one who is willing to go along with you.
The LA Shop has got lots of equipment which you can buy to help you with your new exercise regime. It won’t cost the earth but sometimes it can get a little boring to do the same things over and over. Something as simple as a badminton set, tennis racket or volleyball can give you hours of cheap enjoyment and help you to get fit at the same time.