This Winter - don't be tempted by hot chocolates and TV, think about your health and happiness and Get off The Couch!
Don't be a Couch Potato this year
1. Run Forrest, Run
ready, set, run
As Gump can attest running is addictive and makes you feel great! Not a runner I hear you say. Well - I am here to tell you anyone can run. There are plenty of programs you can subscribe to for guidance and advice:
Couch to 5km: There are many free programs you can download to get you up off the couch and running 5km in a matter of weeks. It is all about a walking/jogging combo - intraining provides free downloadable programs and running groups you can join (for a fee).
Make sure you have suitable clothes, and decent running shoes
Michelle (or Mish as you get to call her!) offers a very structured fitness program that incorporates exercise plans (gym based, home based, running etc), daily meal plans with recipes, Mindset videos to keep you motivated and a massive online forum with like minded people. This is a fee based 12-week program ($199 or $19.99 per week)
3. Exercise without Exercising! If you really loath the thought of pounding the pavement or hitting the gym, why not try something a little more fun - and perhaps with your children, partner, family or friends ...
Hiking: Get some comfy clothes and good shoes - pack a picnic and grab a mate. There are some great hiking suggestions here.
Walking: Nothing beats a nice brisk walk. Solo with music, or with the dog or friends, a brisk walk around the park, block etc will elevate your heart rate.
Rock Climbing: Indoor or out rock climbing is a fun (and active) sport for (almost) any age and any level of fitness.
Dancing: Get your dancing shoes on and dance around the house, or join a club. Swing and Latin lessons are very popular. Playing with your kids or animals: Go in the back yard and throw a ball, jump on the trampoline, go for a bike ride, run on the school oval. Whatever takes your fancy.
Yoga: Ah yes. Pure bliss yoga. You can read more bout yoga here. Or you could try out Hot Yoga.
Active video games: Dust of the Wii controllers and grab your kids or friends and get into some active video gaming. Wii sports video games can burn as many calories as brisk walking.
Get bouncing: Either on your back yard trampoline (seriously, harder than I remembered!) or join in the new craze - spring-loaded urban playground features more than 100 interconnected trampolines over 500 square metres of circus-grade padding and air bags. What fun! It's called BOUNCE.
Team Sports: Don't like the idea of cycling for hours solo? Join a team and have some fun - you will probably forget you are even exercising!! Grab a tennis partner, join a touch footy team, reignite your passion for netball ... the list goes on.
4. Solutions for Busy People: Not everyone has hours spare to exercise. Thats OK - fit it in whenever you can. Take the stairs in place of the lift, jump off the bus a few stops early and walk the rest of the way home, do sit ups or squats while watching TV. I like to do home-based circuits. There are these nifty cards that requires you to only use your body weight. Have a look at Workout Labs or Fit Deck. You could also make your own cards (with a little bit of research).
What other ideas do you have to be active this Winter? Share them in them comments box below :)
Don't be a couch potato this Winter: Get Off the Couch!