Six ways to make workouts fun!
Sometimes, working out and getting your daily exercise in can feel like a bit of a slog. If you’re homeworking, home schooling or still going out to the grind, it’s more than likely that you’ll have quite a bit on your plate and getting fit can feel like yet another chore.
The good news is that, getting your heart rate up or getting your daily steps in CAN be fun – so if you’re a bit jaded with your usual workouts or home routine, why not try some of the below ideas to make fitness fun again…
Here are six ideas to get you started…
Take a tip from disco goddess Sophie Ellis Bextor and get your groove on in the kitchen! When work is done and you’re in relax mode, get the tunes on via Alexa or Google and have a boogie. It will be great fun for you and the kids, and just 30 mins of energetic dancing to your favourite music can burn around 200 calories.
It will do your mental wellbeing the world of good too, as music is always guaranteed to make you smile and forget about your worries – even if it’s just for an hour on a Friday evening.
Walking in the sunshine
It may be winter in the UK, but glimmers of Spring are in the air with sunny days becoming more and more regular.
Pull on your wellies, woolies or walking boots and take the fam out for a sunny stomp. Walking, especially brisk walking, can burn around 300 calories – and it’s a great activity to do with a buggy, too.
Yes you heard right – wild swimming – or open air swimming – is a thing! In fact, it has a big following in the UK. With public pools closed for the majority of last year, and this year (so far!) too, wild swimming has exploded in popularity according to our partners, Sport England.
As with all similar pursuits, do your homework first and find out how to do it safely.
According to WildSwimming.co.uk – which is also a great resource for safety tips and local hotspots – cold water immersion provides “a sense of elation and relaxation, soothes muscle aches, relieves depression and boosts the immune system”. Count us in!
It can be easy to get stuck indoors during lockdown, coping with the myriad of home tasks such as cleaning, tidying and cooking that family life brings, but it’s super important to take time out too and get a bit of headspace.
Take inspo from the kids and enjoy 30 minutes of playing out in the garden or local park to boost your mood and up your heart rate. Play tag, chase each other, climb trees, play hide and seek and devise some funny games. Failing that, take a frisbee or ball and play some games of catch with the family. You can have fun and get your cardio in, all at the same time!
Geocaching is a kind of glocal treasure hunt, with millions of geo-caches found all over the world. You can download the official app, discover local sites near you and find out loads more by visiting the website here.
Walking, exploring and adventuring will keep you fit and active while having loads of fun with the family – and you can do it safely and within the covid19 guidelines.
Running with a friend
Chatting to a buddy and having a good old catch up will do wonders for your soul and spirit, so get in touch with a mummy friend, or find like minded active mums near you by using the Buump Active app.
Plan a brisk walk, run or adventure – which is allowed in the current restriction guidelines as long as you socially distance – and enjoy a natter at the same time. Connections are so important for mums, especially mums of new or younger babies, as they enable you to compare notes, give each other advice, cheer each other on and help each other through tough times.
The Covid19 lockdowns have sadly stopped many of us making new connections, due to the baby groups and communities being closed, but there are ways to connect and support each other, even during lockdown number 3.
What are your favourite fun ways to keep fit?