Spring Clean Your Exercise Regime

Written by: Helen

Making Exercise Work For You

Now is the time where we start to look forward to summer.  Maybe you’re lucky enough to be guaranteed a nice, hot summer.  Or maybe, like me, you live in the UK and all you can do is cross your fingers.  Spring is a popular time for embarking on diets and fitness plans as we book holidays, buy bikinis and dig out shorts and sun cream.

With regards to fitness it is best to find something you enjoy, that works for you and fits into your lifestyle.  Spring is the perfect time to shake up your exercise regime or even get it out from the back of the cupboard where it’s been sitting since New Year and dust it off.

Look at the headings below and if you find one or more that sounds like you, check out my suggestions and resources.  See if you can find a workout that will take you through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

 

I Like to Workout with Others

  • Find local classes.  Either grab a program from your local leisure centre or try this website here.  You just put your postcode in and it lists some classes in your area.
  • Find a sport you enjoy and then see if there’s a local team you can join or train with.
  • Walking groups.  You could ask at your library or there is a link for a website where you can find local rambling groups here.
  • Arrange a date with friends.  Find something you all enjoy and then set a day each week and do it.

I Don’t Have Much Time

  • YouTube is great for quick workout videos.  I use Blogilates, the videos are usually only about 5 minutes long.  Here is one for you to try.

  • Smart phone apps such as the ‘7 minute workout.’
  • Plan ahead.  Don’t wait for the opportunity to exercise to crop up; schedule it into your diary and make room for it in your daily routine.

 

I Like to Exercise at Home

  • I’ll say it again, YouTube!
  • There are so many workout DVD’s you can use at home so just find one that suits you.
  • Be creative, use what’s around your house to workout with eg. use your settee for step-ups, a chair for tricep-dips, tin cans to work your arm muscles.
  • Get some equipment.  If you’re lucky enough to have the space for a full gym in your home that’s great but, if not, there is some simple equipment you may have space for eg. a trampette, skipping rope, resistance bands, gym ball etc.

 

I Like Intensive Exercise

  • HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) alternates between bouts of low/ moderate exercise to high intensity workouts.  You can find out some more information here and here is an example of a workout.

  • Take up running.
  • Wolf Runs.  Never done one myself but looks fun (although very hard!). The site is here to find out about the runs.
  • Try Insanity.  This one I have done and it was a challenge but I enjoyed it too.
  • Spinning classes

 

I Don’t Like Intensive Exercise

  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Walking

 

I Don’t Have Much Money To Spend on Exercise

Exercise is free.  You don’t have to spend money on gym membership or personal trainers.

  • I’ll say it one more time, YouTube.
  • You can take advantage of free day passes that gyms offer (although be aware they will be trying to get you to sign up). You can find a link to various gyms here
  • There are other workouts to be found on the web.  You can find some on the NHS website here.
  • Find your local authority here and then look for information on local fitness initiatives and programmes.

 

I Don’t Know What I’m Doing

There is a really good page on the NHS website which covers many forms of exercise and gives tips for beginners, you can find it here.

There is another resource which includes some workout moves for beginners here.

If you do want further guidance then you could look at hiring a personal trainer and if you go to a gym or a class there will be someone there to help and advise you.

 

The best advice I have if you are looking for a fitness regime that you can actually stick with is find something you enjoy doing.  This makes it much easier.  Don’t forget to speak to your GP if you need to before starting a new exercise regime, particularly if you are pregnant or have any injuries.

Any exercise tips?  What do you find useful that keeps you on track with your exercise goals?  Let me know below.  Thanks for reading 🙂

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I’d like to do more yoga. I do a yoga/ tai-chi mixed class which I enjoy but I’d like to give yoga a proper go. Thanks for reading x

  1. Veronica says:

    I defy anyone to find an excuse not to exercise after reading this. I think the routines could be adapted in length and intensity to suit ? Thanks for this, there are so many ideas and I had been thinking to add some toning exercise to my rather specific present ones given by a physio. I have already put ‘resistance band’ on my shopping list. ( Then I’ll have to make sure it doesn’t sit on a shelf somewhere)

    • Helen says:

      Yes workouts can be adapted to suit your needs. Toning exercises added to your routine can only be a good thing, might be worth running them past your physio first. I do have some resistance bands which I try to use. The thing about spending money on exercise equipment is that, like you said, you don’t want them sitting around gathering dust 🙂

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