Do you feel the weight of your Christmas excesses weighing you down? You could join a gym, though you have to know that the odds will be stacked against you. There are only a rare few whose gym memberships will still be used by this time next year. You could buy expensive gym equipment and exercise at home – a valid option, but hardly the most inspiring. It can be difficult to find the motivation and keep yourself going through the long cold days of January and February. Instead, why not consider getting out there into the real world? Find something that you truly love to do. The best fitness regime is one that you love and will stick with. Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your own personal road to fitness:
– Walking and Hiking
Whether you take a gentle stroll or a brisk fell-walk or mountain hike, getting out there are locomoting by foot is good for you and can take you to some places that will take your breath away – and not just because you have climbed a steep gradient. Consider those views as rewards and you will soon find that you are always wanting the next walk, the next challenge, the next adventure. Start slowly and built up – there is no point trying to climb Ben Nevis if you have rarely left your sofa for a while. Take it easy, relax and most of all – enjoy it!
– Boot Camps and Personal Trainers
Many people opt to go for the full works and join boot training camps or hire personal trainers. This can be an extremely effective way to quickly get fit and lose weight, however also potentially very expensive.
Cycling is excellent for fitness. Why sit on a static bike in your living room when you could be out on the highways and byways, on hillsides and in valleys, through ancient woodlands and along dramatic coastlines? Get out there and see the world from the back of a bike. You can go at your own speed and feel the freedom of the road, feel the wind in your hair, experience the joy of a long downhill stretch and the pleasant ache in the muscles after a long ascent. Cycle on a weekend, or to work, or to the shop, just get out there in the real world and don’t be frightened to give it a go.
Like the many roads of this world, the many rivers, lakes, Lochs and seas of this world are crying out for exploration. Why not consider choosing to take up kayaking as your new fitness regime. The whole new world on the water is waiting for you to discover it. You can get to places you would never see by car far more easily than you could on foot, and get very fit without even really noticing the gradual process.