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New Year fitness

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I never normally make fitness resolutions but this year I'd really like to start something new and get fit. My aim isn't really weight loss - I'd just like something new and fun to do and a new challenge. Does anyone have any ideas please for something fun to take up, whether it is a sport, fitness class or activity?? I'm majorly lacking inspiration!

Posted 02.01.13, 9:01am

If it's gym classes that you're interested in, you need to grab a gym schedule and try the classes regardless of whether or not you like the look of them on paper! It's the only way you'll try them and decide if you actually like them or not.

I hate team sports, ball sports and what I call school PE type sports, so I can't recommend any of those from a personal POV. Ugh.

What do you actually like doing? It's often good to base your fitness challenge on something you like as you will stick with it. For example, if you enjoy walking would you consider doing one of the peak trail challenges or would you climb a mountain? Do you like people / group activity? If so, you could join a walking club. Just an example there :)

I've since learned that setting a challenge like 'I'm going to run a marathon' doesn't work if you don't actually enjoy running and don't have another good reason to keep your interest! (like raising money for a charity close to your heart)

Posted 02.01.13, 10:14am

Why not something non traditional?

I'm going to have a go at learning the aeriel hoop

 

 

Posted 03.01.13, 10:53am

Thanks for the advice GoneFishin! It's hard answering the question what I like doing as I'm really more of an indoorsy person. I'm not lazy and I do like a challenge but it's hard trying to work out what I would enjoy as my natural inclination is not to get up and go for a walk or hike or whatever.


What's aerial hoop rubypout? That sounds interesting.

Posted 04.01.13, 11:03am

I'm more inclined to get outside when it's nice. I'm fatter than I've been in years thanks to my lack of outdoor activity this year and having to cancel my gym membership for 6 months. Every time I wanted to go out it was grey and miserable and being generally de-motivated didn't help! Oops.

We're hoping to go for a nice long walk tomorrow, the forecast is currently set for cool but not rainy which should be perfect for a steady wander.

Motivation gets you out of the door - habit keeps you at it ;)

Posted 04.01.13, 6:38pm

aeriel hoop is the kind of thing you see at the circus

 

Posted 06.01.13, 12:18am

aeriel hoop is the kind of thing you see at the circus

Posted 06.01.13, 12:19am

That looks great - have you been to your first class yet?

Posted 06.01.13, 6:31pm

That looks amazing! Where do they have classes in that? Do they have them at gyms?

Posted 07.01.13, 12:19pm

Not been yet! Hard to get booked in for the classes. It's a specialist gym

http://www.flyingfantastic.co.uk

Posted 07.01.13, 6:46pm

Reminds me a bit of antigravity yoga and antigravity pilates. Kind of! They're not easily available near me either, everything interesting seems to be based near London!!

Posted 07.01.13, 6:56pm

Quoted from rubypout:

aeriel hoop is the kind of thing you see at the circus

That looks great. I guess it is very important to stay fit in this new year. Thanks for this interesting pic.

Posted 08.01.13, 6:12am

Quoted from GoneFishin:

Reminds me a bit of antigravity yoga and antigravity pilates. Kind of! They're not easily available near me either, everything interesting seems to be based near London!!

I agree everything interesting seems to be based near London! There's loads of classes I'd like to try that are only available in London.

Posted 09.01.13, 10:38am

haha that looks so cool!  I bet that's a bit like pole dancing in the sense that you have to have really strong arm and leg muscles

Posted 10.01.13, 3:22pm

And abs! Wow you'd be so toned afterwards .

Posted 11.01.13, 9:57am

Quoted from GoneFishin:

Reminds me a bit of antigravity yoga and antigravity pilates. Kind of! They're not easily available near me either, everything interesting seems to be based near London!!

I've never heard of antigravity yoga/pilates - have you tried them both?

Posted 13.01.13, 5:23pm

I bet that's really testing, especially on your abs! Ouch.

Posted 14.01.13, 11:03am

No, I haven't Carly... the nearest classes I'm aware of are about 4hrs drive from me!!

Posted 14.01.13, 6:25pm

Wow. You'd have to really want to go! Do you live in a rural area, GoneFishin?

Posted 15.01.13, 9:35am

not particularly, but im east midlands and london is about 4hrs drive. my nearest pole class, as an example is about 20 miles away. luckily spin classes are everywhere! excuse spelling/grammar, on phone.

Posted 15.01.13, 1:26pm