Rachel Khoo


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January 9th, 2013

Peek-a-look* – Getting into shape

I’m not naturally prone to sports. Growing up, I was more one to stay inside: doing creative stuff such as painting, drawing or playing my musical instruments – rather than be outside running around. So for me, doing exercise requires extra motivation. Sound familiar?

*1 – I’ve learned that it’s important to find your sport – whether it’s running, dancing, yoga, climbing…basically anything that you enjoy and don’t view as a chore. I’ve tried a lot of things and found that classes (like Zumba, yoga or Pilates) work best for me. Am yet to try CrossFit, and not a huge fan of boot camp, but who knows what 2013 will bring. (Image from the Olympic pictograms).

*2 – I used to hate running. My motto was ‘I don’t even run for the bus’, but in the last couple of years I’ve started running and can see the appeal. I’ve found this app great as a way of building up your stamina.

*3 – There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable when doing sport. For the ladies, good support is essential.

*4 – By making it social, you’re more likely to turn up because you’re meeting a friend. I turn my yoga class into a catch up with girlfriends (well, we catch up before and after class). If I was more into running, then I would look into joining a club. This one looks like great fun.

*5 – Also, music is an essential companion when I go running. The right tracks help me push myself to run faster (and also makes running a little more entertaining). Check out my Spotify playlist (and feel free to leave your favourite running/workout track in the comments below).


When it comes to getting into shape, what works for you?


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9 thoughts on “Peek-a-look* – Getting into shape

  1. Great post

    I’ve just reloaded my running iPod with these. A bit of a smorgasbord but I make no apologies for the variable quality!

    Gifted – N.A.S.A
    The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
    Heartbeat – Childish Gambino
    Genesis – Justice
    Been away too long – Soundgarden
    Little Sister – Queens of the Stone Age
    Power – Kanye West
    Get Back – Ludacris
    Time to Dance – The Shoes
    Just Because – Janes Addiction
    Space and the Woods – Late of the Pier
    Treat me like your Mother – The Dead Weather
    You’re not pretty but you got it going on – Band of Skulls
    House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls – The Weeknd

  2. Great to have something ‘bouncy’ when you’re running (I’m not referring to *3 here…!), so the best running track on my list is You Make My Dreams (by Hall and Oates)

  3. I used to be the same with running but the benefits outweigh (see what I did there?) the negatives; but mostly i go just for the huge emotional lift it gives me, it completely clears your mind and leaves you all zenned up. Running tunes are essential. I favour Florence & The Machines latest offering – enhances the emo-boost tremendously. Please don’t stop khooking though!

  4. I’m not sure what to do yet. I know I’m not a gym girl. I tried that for years and after I started homeschooling my girls, it was just to hard to make time to leave the house and workout. I need to just start a circuit program that we can all do together. I just can’t wait till spring so we can start doing active things outside again. Keep us updated on how it’s going. It will keep us all encouraged because I’m like you “I love cheese”.


    1. It’s difficult to fit it in when you have a home to run but once the days get longer and the weather better it’ll be easier to get outside. I’ve heard of people using cleaning as way of working out . I am trying to remember to have a better posture and hold my stomach in more 😉

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