5 easy ways to maximise your enjoyment of exercise

Hi everyone,

Thanks for visiting the Fitness Boutique today!

When life gets hectic, I know how hard it can be hard staying focussed on getting or staying fit. But you know how great you feel when you finish working out, so today I’d like to share 5 of my favourite tips to help you turn exercise into your friend rather than foe.

  1. Buddy Up. Exercising with a friend or relative is not only good fun – you are more likely to get up and out because you won’t want to let her down.
  2. Choose something you enjoy, and think of it as a treat. Whether I’m teaching or taking part, for me, going to classes offers an escape from the hullabaloo of family life and a chance for ‘me’ time. Dancing and music revives my soul and whatever mood I’m in, always makes me feel great. What about you?
  3. Find an instructor you like and trust. Whether she/he motivates you, helps you achieve your goals or is good fun and enjoys a laugh, like your instructor and you’re more likely to want to spend time with them week after week.
  4. Get into the habit. Exercise at the same time, same place, each week and you will eventually create a habit, which you won’t want to break! Booking your next session there and then will also motivate you even more.
  5. Ditch the guilt. So you missed a class because you finished work late, your boiler broke and you had to go food shopping. No point in stressing, just book into to the next session you can and you’ll feel fab!

Working out doesn’t have to be a chore! Don’t miss out! Click here  NOW to sign up for the forthcoming Fitness Boutique Weekly for more easy, fun and effective ways to stay glowing, fit and healthy.

Til next time.

Sophie x

Think you’re too busy to exercise? Think again!

I do understand. I’ve said it myself. “I just don’t have time to exercise. I am far too busy with everything to add exercising into my routine – when would I fit it in?”. Add to that the fact that you’re totally exhausted; don’t have the energy to go out after a long days slog looking after the kids, or you had a tough day at work; you’ve no-one to babysit; AND you’ve got to cook dinner, get through a huge pile of ironing, and would quite like to catch up with your friends or family. The sofa and a large glass of wine looks more attractive than it ever has before.

Getting into a routine with exercise IS hard work initially, but rather than wondering whether you can afford the time to exercise, you  should be wondering whether you can afford not to.

Exercising regularly has SO many health benefits it’s barely believable. And whilst I don’t have a magic remedy for bringing more time into your life I do have a suggestion which may help you to find the time: make time.

If you’re not ready to launch yourself into full fitness just yet, then that’s okay, although I can recommend you do to feel glowing and fabulous. Simply becoming more active with 30 minutes of low-moderate intensity activity 5-7 times a week – walking, gardening, dancing, going to the park with the kids, walking the dog, even housework adds 3-4 years to your life. It can also bring about the following benefits:

  • Decrease the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Normalise blood pressure
  • Decrease high cholesterol
  • Protect against osteoporosis
  • Decrease the risk of Type II Diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of developing some cancers
  • Weight management
  • Improve confidence and wellbeing
  • Strengthen bones, joints and muscles to improve stability and posture
Sometimes the hardest part of making a change is actually getting on with it, and the benefits you’ve read about today are only the tip of the iceberg.
The point is, rather than saying you don’t have the time, take a look at your life and shuffle some things around. MAKE time to bring some activity into your life. You’ll feel better for it. I guarantee you.
‘Til next time,

Choosing your fitness activities

Good morning! Here is the next, and most fun part of “Planning you way to Fitness” – it’s time to list everything you’ve researched and make some choices about what you’re going to try so that you have all the information you need to put a timetable together. Read on…

3. List your options

Now you need to create a list or pile of ‘potentials’ – that is, things you think you might enjoy, that are the right price, or jump out as fitting in with your busy schedule. Add or highlight contact emails / phone numbers in readiness for Step 4. Ditch things that don’t work for you – the ones that cost too much, the ones that aren’t perhaps quite your cup of tea, the ones which you know you won’t be able to get to because of other commitments. The fun’s about to begin, and you are about to get active as you head to Step 4…

4. Try before you buy

Now it’s time to try some activities out to help you make your decision about what you’ll be adding to your first timetable! Refer to your list of numbers, and get on the phone to book some trial sessions. Very often you can have your first session free to see if it’s you. If it’s not clear on the promotional material, it’s always worth an ask. Instructors are keen to have new people on their books all the time and are more than willing to let you come and have a try! If it’s not on the promotional material don’t forget to ask them what you should bring to class, what you can expect, whether they have space at the moment if you wanted to attend regularly, how they like to be paid, and any other burning questions you can think of! Realistically, you can expect to take two to three weeks in this stage of your prep. When you’ve tried everything, and found out about availability, you will be armed with all the knowledge you need to create your very own fitness timetable, and well on the way to the new and healthy you.

Good luck!

Ready, steady, GO!

Afternoon! Just checking in to see how your search for enjoyable fitness classes or activities in your local area is going? Have you started it yet? If not, why not!

This is a great week – it’s the first full week the kids are back at school, everyone’s back at work, and the gyms and exercise instructors in your area are looking for people like you to get involved in kick starting your new year with some fun fitness! There will be plenty of incentives and special offers running, so make the most of it. Energy may have slumped over the festive season, but it’s also running high as we prepare to get into gear and freshen up in readiness for Springtime.

Yes, the nights are still dark, but regular exercise will boost your mood and get those happy hormones coursing round your body – just what’s needed at this time of year!

So make the most of it, and seek out some fab activities in your local area by following the suggestions here because later in the week, we’ll be on to the next, and most fun bit of planning your way to fitness!

Until then!