Bonjour à tous!
Exercising every day certainly isn’t easy to do, and sometimes it can be downright achievable. However, it is good to aim to do it at least every second day, because of the myriad of benefits it brings to our physical and mental health. I sit here on my chair writing this in quite a degree of shoulder pain, due to having sat here all day. This is what I mean – I should’ve exercised today and stretched out those muscles! I am also – as I’ve mentioned before- most definitely not a ‘gym girl’. So, let me present to you my favourite ways of exercising that are actually fun – and give you some tips for doing them!
Running is most definitely not easy, but it is really good for your cardio. I definitely recommend it if you want to feel like a wonder-woman who has really achieved something.
You do need to make sure that you have the appropriate shoes, so that your joints don’t get injured. And also so that you don’t get a rather unsightly blood-blister on your toe because you wore hiking shoes instead of running shoes (and yes, there is a difference – as I found out recently). Running with the right shoes actually feels like you are floating on air, which really helps when you’re working up a sweat.
Go running with a friend. I took the photos below when I was on a run by the beach with my good friend Tori. It forces you to keep on going when you otherwise mightn’t.
Listen to upbeat music. The music can help to carry you along and also gives you a distraction from your pain and exertion.
Hiking is really good for the soul. The natural environment is relaxing and the small hills and rocky terrain is good for building up different muscle groups and improving general fitness.
If you’re on a long hike, bring some water, sunscreen and a few biscuits to keep you going. It’s best to have these in a little backpack so that you the weight is equalised over your whole body.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I absolutely adore ballet. Dancing ballet as an adult has been a fantastic experience for me. I have learnt so much in regard to skill and technique, and built up my muscles and flexibility at the same time! If you want to read more about beginning ballet as an adult, you can check out my article on it here. A really great way to practice between classes is to use YouTube. Lazy dancer tips and Kathryn Morgan are my favourite ballet channels.
Keep up your practice on a regular basis if you want to maintain your flexibility.
Work up to going en pointe, as you don’t want to injure yourself by wearing the shoes prematurely.
Try to ensure that you are practicing with the correct technique, because otherwise injuries can result. Also, you obviously want to be dancing with the correct technique for the concerts and for your own peace of mind.
I love doing yoga because of both its help with flexibility as well as the peace it brings to the mind. Whilst doing yoga, I often enter a meditative state where I can calm my mind and focus solely on the moves and on my breath. In the interests of privacy and comfort I mostly do yoga in my own home. However, if I were to get more serious about it one day, I would definitely try out a yoga studio. My favourite online yoga teacher is Boho Beautiful.
Try to ensure that you are doing the moves correctly, as you want to avoid injury and make sure you are working the correct muscle groups.
Make sure you’re warmed up before you start doing more intense stretches, as it isn’t good to start stretching when your muscles are all cold.