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?