New Years Fitness Resolutions

Some people think they’re pointless but I think the New Year is a great time for setting goals.

The New year is a great time to think about all the things you really want to achieve and then set yourself realistic timelines to achieve them.

You could set your goals in your head but I feel like by writing them down, you’re making an official contract with yourself and you don’t want to let yourself down, do you?

Not just fitness goals however, career goals, financial goals, personal development goals, relationship goals, wellbeing, you name it, you can set goals for it but as this is in the ‘sweat’ section, I’ll stick to fitness goals here.

I have to admit that before I went off to Mexico, I had every intention of smashing the gym but that didn’t really happen and as a result and much to my horror, when I got to Mexico, I didn’t quite fit in to some of the shorts I’d been wearing comfortably all Summer! It makes sense though, I tend to find myself a lot more motivated towards fitness in the Summer months when it’s warm, I definitely think I suffer from a touch of SAD, that’s seasonal affective disorder and generally pretty much wish I could hibernate during the Winter but whilst in Mexico, I stepped up my game and went to the hotel gym as it opened at 6am most mornings. Unfortunately both the treadmills were out of order so I didn’t get to run but I did my cardio on the X trainer and worked on my core and I fully intend to keep it up now that I’m home.

I even managed to wake up hangover free on New Years Day and started the year with some cardio and Yoga! 

We also did a LOT of walking in Mexico, I didn’t take my Fitbit as I didn’t want a Fitbit tan line but I wish I had just to see how far we actually walked!

 

So what fitness goals do I have?  

Weights – Minimum of 3 sessions a week

This will include short workouts dedicated to either core, arms or legs.

Different things work for different people and for me I like to do some weights just to tone, I don’t have the dedication of the inclination of turning in to a Muscle Mary, it’s just not for me, I’m more of a cardio girl as it’s proven to burn my fat quickly.

Running – Minimum of 5 times a week

I started running last year when I was training for Tough Mudder and have managed to keep it up. Distance running has never been easy for me but I try to do between 3-5K each time I run. 

In the Winter, it’s mainly in the gym but in the Summer I want to get out more and run in the parks, it makes for more interesting scenery and I find you actually run further than you think you have. I use Strava to track my distance. 

Yoga – Minimum of 3 hours a week. 

This should be easily achievable, there are two evening classes a week at my gym so  I can book in to both of those then do an hour myself using the Down Dog app which I highly recommend, it’s free to download and I find the free version is more than enough for me, it tailors a different workout each time you use it so that you’re not repeating exactly the same sequences over and over again, there are different levels available to suit all abilities and you can choose how long you want your workout to be so you can decide if you want a quick stretch in your lunch hour or a full practice.

If you do want more from the app though, you can pay a subscription to access more features like boosts.

Swim – 3 times a week 

I’ve never been a huge one for going swimming, mainly due to time management. I have a gym and pool in my apartment complex, it literally takes me less that a minute to get out of my door and in to the gym but by the time I’ve gotten up, walked the dog and spent an hour in the gym, it’s usually around 10am, if I go for a swim too then it would be rude not to use the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi being as I’m already wet, that then adds another hour and takes me to 11am so by the time I’m showered, dressed, hair and make up perfected, that’s half the day gone.

What am I going to do about it? I’m going to get up earlier! There really is no excuse It’s not like I don’t wake up early anyway, but then I’m guilty of lazing about in bed pressing snooze for far too long and then checking emails and social media.

This stops now, no more snooze, well maybe just one snooze but no more than that, I want to be in the gym by 7am latest and then the longest I’ll be there is 2hrs until 9am and I’ll be ready to rock n roll by 10am!

Swing Dance 

I’ve gone to classes sporadically before but I want to take it up properly and attend classes on a weekly basis with a goal of being good enough to attend socials by the Summer. 

I go to classes by Swing Patrol , they do classes all over London and Brighton, check the website for class timetables and they’re drop in classes so you don’t need to turn up with a partner as you swap who you’re dancing with after learning each step anyway.

They also offer a range of different level classes, depending which venue you go to, there are levels, at most venues 1 and 1.5 but some offer a level 2, it’s £10 for the first class but if you find the first class easy and want to stay for more then further classes are £5 

Getting fit and having fun at the same time, win win!

Making a timetable is a good idea to remind you of the targets you’ve set yourself.

I’ve made one, I’ve given myself the weekends off but this also leaves me the option of taking a day off during the week and moving it to the weekend. It’s unlikely that I’ll be able to stick to the timetable perfectly but I can swap things around if I need to, it’s only the core class, yoga classes and swing class that are set so the rest can be managed, I just have to work out the logistics.

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Running

I’ve never been particularly sporty, I’ve never really enjoyed exercise, I hated P.E at school, I always had a note with some excuse as to why I couldn’t do swimming (in my defense, my hair was very long, swimming in the morning and then having to spend the rest of the day with wet hair? No thank you, isn’t that how you catch chills?) I would try to get batted out early on in a rounders game in the Summer so that I could sit in the Sun and tan my face and when it came to sports day, I think it was compulsory that you signed up to compete in at least 3 events, I’d always choose the ones that would be over the fastest, the 100 metre sprint, long jump and well, actually, I don’t even remember what else.

Back as a teenager, I was blessed with a high metabolism so that and a vegetarian diet meant that I was pretty much still too small to fit in to the average Topshop or Miss Selfridge size 8 (size 6’s back then were harder to come by) so I didn’t really need an awful lot of exercise anyway.

These days, I do go to the gym, I don’t love actually doing the exercise but I go to keep in shape as more of a necessity and I do feel good afterwards.

With all this in mind, it would seem ludicrous if  I were to tell you I’ve signed up for 2 5K runs next year wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t it???

Well ludicrous of not, that’s exactly what I’m telling you, along with a few of the other  ‘Golden Ball’ girls from work I’m all signed up for a 5K Tough Mudder obstacle course in March at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – albeit without the mud and a 5K Colour Rush obstacle run in May in Brighton! 

Training has started, the manager of my gym walked in the other day and actually had to do a double take, in 10 years, he’s never seen me set foot on the treadmill, and when I told him what I’m training for he chuckled, well I’ll show him!

I’m up to 2K today, I figure if I can be up to 5K by the end of the year and keep it up, I’ll be fine come March, then it’s just the obstacles I’ll have to work out how to tackle, and coming to think of it, I’ve never seen a fat runner so that will mean I won’t have to feel guilty about the amount of hobnobs I eat my way through!

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I love the thought of my first run being at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from the window in my apartment, I watched the Olympic village being built, the main stadium, the aquatics centre and the orbital all went up so quickly, they seemed to appear out of nowhere, then for the opening ceremony in 2012, my view of the fireworks was spectacular and during the Olympics, I also watched the athletes train on the open running training track.

We will be running for Help For Heroes.