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Get outside + exercise

I’ve been battling with myself for a while now – to keep the gym membership, or lose it. The thing I love about the gym is that I just need the motivation to get there; once I’m there it’s easy for me to have a good session. I find it harder to get the motivation to work out at home, even though I have everything I need (like weights, step-up + fit ball etc). 

Photo by  Matthew Kane  on  Unsplash

Photo by Matthew Kane on Unsplash

But now that the weather is heating up in my part of the world, I just want to be outside. Decision made. I don’t want to be stuck in a gym – give me sunshine every day of the week (and I’ll save my money for a decent yoga class once or twice a week).

You really don’t need a gym or fancy equipment to stay fit. There are so many apps and YouTube videos around that will help you with the motivation and direction you need to get the blood pumping. You can do it inside or outside, and you don’t need to spend a cent.

I find it really helps to schedule in exercise time for the week. I find it easier to prioritise my fitness when it’s ‘official’ and in the diary. Otherwise, it is so easy to prioritise work or house work over exercising. But really, is there anything that deserves your time and attention more than your mental and physical health. I don’t think so.

Sere are a list of my faves – check them out this weekend!

Nike+ Training Club

This app has more than 100+ workouts available. You can choose your goal – like get lean, toned, build strength or focus on one particular area like your legs or arms. Then choose your level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and select a workout to suit the time you have available (10 – 45 minutes). This is a great option for when you want a serious workout.

Sworkit

Select workouts based on your goal – strength, cardio, yoga, stretching – and area of focus. Then choose how many minutes you have. There is a Premium version giving you a 6-week workout plan with a greater variety of exercises, but you don’t need to pay for it to get plenty of variety in your workouts. This is a great choice if you are short on time and just want some easy exercises you can do (in any clothes really).

YouTube Yoga - Yoga with Adriene + Tara Stiles Yoga

If you can’t make it to a class, a YouTube yoga session is a great alternative. Yoga with Adriene and Tara Stiles Yoga, both have a great selection of sessions.

FitStar Yoga

Tara Stiles has also teamed up with FitBit to create this yoga app. There are a number of Freestyle Sessions with various levels, goals and lengths (some are locked for Premium users). Your sessions are saved in an activity log so you can remind yourself of which you liked and it also lists out the poses included. I think I prefer the YouTube sessions though.

Couch to 5K

This app is untested personally, but I know lots of people who have built up to running by using it. (Unfortunately, every time I seem to take up running I aggravate a niggling injury so I’ve decided that it’s just not for me – even though it is hands down my favourite form of exercise).

Seven ($14.99p/month)

Scientifically backed 7-minute workouts = no more excuses!