January Health Plan: Hula Hoop Hola

The best part of New Year is that delicious promise of a fresh start. Despite this, I bet I’m not the only one who begins January with all best intentions before diving straight into any remaining selection boxes and slumping on the sofa in a post-Christmas paddy? Always a keen exercise fan, I’m a firm believer in not being too harsh on yourself and instead embracing what you can do, in achievable chunks. A huge part of my exercise regime is the daily all weather 3 mile school walk with toddler and 4 year old in tow, which can feel like a slightly stressful Ironman challenge.

To gain some much-needed momentum and inspiration I gathered a handful of top tips from Anna Reich, Fitness Expert for Simple;

  • Firstly ditch the guilt – any exercise is better than none so if you can begin by exercising once a week, that’s a great start. Try 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week to really see the benefits, but this gives you something to aim for. Busy bees can still find time for fitness – split your exercise into 15 minute intervals, once in the morning and once in the evening.
  • Try power walking or jogging in short bursts on your way to work or when you get home, spend 15 minutes skipping, star jumping, doing squats and vigorous dancing in your living room. So long as you are getting sweaty, its exercise!
  • Say hola to hula hooping. This is great fun and an effective work out for your arms, abs and buttocks. Try 3 sets of 30 in 60 second bursts. Stand with your feet slightly apart, with one just in front of the other to aid the motion. Hold the hoop with both hands above your hips and then throw/spin in a counter-clockwise direction with your hands, matching the rotation by moving your hips back and forth. Keep arms up and out of the way of the hoop and for added resistance, wear wrist weights.
  • Seek support – book a session with a personal trainer, join a running club or buddy up with a fitness friend.
  •  Invest in some nice new gym kit. Looking the part helps you feel the part.

Amen to that. Anything requiring new clothing gets my attention.

See more from Simple here.

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