Hate the gym? Think treadmills should be used as a form of torture? Me too! That’s why I’ve embarked on a mission to find fun ways to stay fit, active and healthy without having to set foot inside a gym or use any of those intimidating yet mundane machines.
If you’ve read my book Fitness and Exercise the Fun Way you’ll know that I struggled with staying active after returning to work after my second maternity leave. While I didn’t do any formal exercise during my time at home with my babies, being a mom of a toddler and a newborn meant that I was extremely active, and as a result was the fittest I’ve been in my whole adult life. Fast forward several months back at work and that level of activity and hence fitness had dropped significantly.
I’ll be honest I’ve never enjoyed working out. I hate, as in really hate, going to the gym, so I’ve never stuck with it. I have taken the odd class in the past but haven’t been able to commit to those either; I guess I just haven’t found the right ones. Also, before having kids I don’t think I ever appreciated the concept of “spare time” and how to use it wisely. If only eating chocolate and drinking wine were a sport; I’d be awesome!
Overall admittedly I’ve been a bit of a fitness failure for as long as I can remember. But, after having kids close in age and the active lifestyle that ensued, as I said, my fitness was raised to a pretty decent level. I was so active from the moment I woke up and surprisingly had so much energy even at the end of the day. Aside from feeling healthy, I felt good in other ways. My clothes fit better and I could wear styles I never felt comfortable in before. I had a taste for what it meant to be active and healthy. And I loved it. That was the push I needed to find a way to exercise and to stick with it.
I also know that being active has so many other benefits which I talk about in my post I Exercise When I should Be At Work. And it’s not just about me of course. I owe it to my family to be fit and healthy. I owe it to my husband and kids to be the best I can be for as long as possible.
So, I’ve been dabbling in fun ways to get fit. I am by no means super fit right now but it’s a work in progress.
So why am I writing about this? I admit one of my reasons is a little selfish…. accountability. I need my readers to hear my goals in order to help me stick to them. I’ll need your help and encouragement along the way. Maybe you could even join me? I also want to encourage others to become fit, active and healthy now and in the future. By documenting all of this, I’ll be able to show my kids when they’re older and hopefully provide inspiration to them too. Most of all I want to show the world that fitness and an active lifestyle can be fun!
I’ll keep you updated about my fitness journey through regular fitness posts. I am also embarking on a Fun Fitness Challenge for the summer and am excited to keep you updated. I welcome any tips, suggestions and words of encouragement; and of course I would love to hear about your fitness journey too.