Confession time. You ready? I rarely exercise. There, I said it. I’m not proud of it and don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried. It’s just not a natural gift. Gym memberships are overpriced, along with the gear and gadgets you supposedly need. When Joe Blogs contacted me with the chance to try Tai Chi for free in a park I was skeptical. Can I do this? Will I look silly? What do I wear? The anxiety in me rose. Knowing myself, I took a leap of faith and pushed myself forward, and how glad I am that I did. It was a blast! Everyone felt the same as me and with the teacher leading us at the front it was a breeze. Well, maybe not a breeze, I’m pretty sure my hands and arms were not moving in the same way as his, but I kept at it! With the beautiful backdrop of Primrose Hill to guide me, it was an incredibly peaceful and calming experience. Legal & General is getting behind the idea that you don’t need a gym membership to get your daily work out. The park is more beautiful than watching a black white wall while you run or catching someone’s sweaty face as they pump away in front of you… am I right? With the help of a few friends it can be fun. Ché of indieBerries was there from Nuffnang’s first birthday event (she’s killer at yoga by the way) and I was introduced to Anthony (who came in denim shorts when we’d agreed to look ridiculous together – tut tut!) and Sonia who was my killer punching buddy for the day (sorry if I got carried away!).
All in all it was a great afternoon and I came away feeling empowered. It got me thinking about ways that I can boost my fitness for free and make it feel like less of a chore. Let me share my three thoughts with you:
D O download free and fun apps to guide you. RunKeeper is a neat and easy one to start you off. Apps will make you more productive, and if you’re exercising alone, you’ll feel like you have someone by your side. Less awkward feelings about exercising solo, more free fitness in the park! Having an app is also good for keeping track of targets. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re making progress but these apps will reassure you that you are running in the right direction.
D O N ‘ T feel like you have to be as good as someone else. Yes they may run 7k while you can only manage 1, but hey ho you’re just starting out. This is my main problem when it comes to exercising. I want to get good too fast, end up frustrated that I’m not where I want to be and quit. Patience is key here my friends. Remember, they were where you are once too.
D O stay home. It sounds backwards but if you’re exhausted after a hard days work, don’t feel like you have to leave the house again. You can totally stick on a 10 minute yoga video on YouTube. I particularly like this morning routine by Yoga with Adriene. Or stick a great tune on and get dancing around in your room. At the moment I’m loving this 1989 classic. That’s 5 minutes done right there. Yes you may feel silly, but remember, no one can see you. You’re in your safe place! This is how I “work out” and it doesn’t even feel like exercise.
What free exercise do you get? What’s your favourite?