This post is a little bit different for me, it's actually about exercise.
I've included the main things that have helped me
get a little bit fitter and a little bit healthier
this year, so you can try it for yourself in 2015 (just in time for a New Year's resolution...)
Do something different
I'm not an avid gym goer and I don't do much in the way of daily exercise but I used to dance up until the age of 18/19. At the time, I enjoyed the classes but they often got in the way of something and I didn't do it enough to want to choose it as a career path, so I stopped.
I really missed having a hobby that I enjoy, particularly one that keeps me healthy while I'm at it, so a couple of months back I signed up to a 6-week 'Aerial Hoop' course.
I know, it's a little bit out there!
I didn't know what to expect at all but I have had SO much fun doing it. I feel like it's a hobby that I won't get bored of quickly and it's genuinely challenging, much more than your average Zumba or step aerobics class. It's a full body workout and since starting the course, I've been trying to work on my upper body strength, something that I have never had to focus on before!
It's been lovely meeting new people (although I'm jealous most of them can do the splits) and I'll certainly be signing up for another six weeks come January!
Google your nearest classes - you'll find everything from gymnastics to ballroom dancing to aerial hoop. It might be the best thing you'll do all year.
As well as starting a course, I've started the 10,000 step challenge. Basically, according to the NHS website (link here) we should should aim to walk 10,000 steps a day to keep fit and healthy. To do this, I needed a way of tracking how many steps I was taking.
I was kindly sent the Ozeri 4x3 Motion Pedometer to try from Amazon and it's so easy to use. I had it up and running (which I was also itching to be...) in a matter of minutes.
Clipping a pedometer to the front of your trousers so a weird bulge was visible to everyone above your crotch isn't really appealing. However, with this one,
you can carry it in your pocket, purse or bag.
It doesn't have to stay upright, it just has to be on your person and it will follow the movement wherever you go.
It's only £15.95 at the minute too, which is amazing value AND there's free delivery if you live in the UK. There's no excuse not to make that little bit more effort in exercising during your average day.
The first day I was using it I had a fair amount of Christmas shopping to do and I was going out for tea so I was really pleased to find I'd walked
That's where the good news ended really, as the following days I didn't even hit half the target which made me realise just how LITTLE exercise I was really doing.
To improve my step count, I've been trying to make small changes as the NHS suggest. I try to walk further on my lunch break, even if it's an extra few minutes around the aisles in the supermarket! I walk to and from the train station and have been taking stairs instead of the lift.
The pedometer lets you keep track of the past 7 days, making it easy to reflect on how much you've exercised throughout the whole week and improving it in the future. I keep checking regularly and I can't wait to see the results.
What are your favourite ways to keep fit?