New year, new me? January is a time for new beginnings and if you’re thinking about getting into fitness then we’ve got just what you’re looking for. Gyms can be expensive and you can get sucked into long contracts which can lead you to begrudge your membership.
We caught up with fashion and lifestyle blogger, Samio, to find out her top tips for working out at home so that you #NeverMissOut on what you want to do.
“It’s that time of year when the festive period has officially come to an end and it’s time to finally put those new year fitness goals into motion. Whilst most of us start with good intentions to get fit and healthy at the start of the year, things can easily and quickly trail off and we end new habits before we even properly start them. I believe a big part of this is because we get into the mindset that the best thing we can do is join the gym, but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the years it’s that the gym is really not for everyone and it can also be an expensive commitment to be tied to, especially if you’re no longer going.
Last year I got into fitness and it became a big part of my life that I was able to maintain and the main reason for that is that I enjoyed it. I think the best advice I can give for anyone looking to get more active this year if to first and foremost find something you really enjoy, and that means you may want to hold off on committing to the gym membership just yet because there are plenty of other ways to get fit that may be better for you.
Dancing is one of the most fun ways to get active and the best thing is, you don’t even have to be very good at it – which is lucky for me! Whilst classes may seem a little daunting, not all of them are just for professional dancers. Things like Zumba are usually open to all levels, and there are also lots of other amateur dance classes out there that are just for fun.
If classes aren’t your thing then at home dance workouts can be just as fun. I personally love a good at home dance session and there are lots of great dance workout videos on YouTube. They can be a great way to workout without really feeling like you’re working out at all.
I never thought I’d be into boxing but it’s something I’ve found myself having a lot of fun with lately. There’s a lots of boxercise classes out there that are aimed at people looking to get fit in a different and fun way. Don’t worry, in these types of classes you’ll be punching bags or pads and not faces, so it’s danger free and just for fun, but it can be a great stress release, believe me.
I’ve enjoyed boxing so much that I now even do it at home too. Again, like with the dance workouts there are some great boxing workouts on YouTube. Don’t worry if you’re new to it, not all of the workouts on YouTube require gloves and pads, or a bag, so you can have fun doing a bit of air boxing too.
Last year I finally started going to a bootcamp. It’s something I’d been saying I’d wanted to do for years and I’m not sure why I put it off for as long as I did. For me it’s been one of my favourite ways to work out. I personally love working out as a group, as it can be really motivating.
A great thing about bootcamps is that a lot of them are usually commitment free, meaning you don’t have to get stuck into a lengthy contract like with the gym, so you can try it out first to see if it’s right for you. Another great thing is that it’s usually a way to get professional training, at a fraction of the price you’d need to pay for a personal trainer.
Whilst running may seem like the most obvious, there’s no denying it’s a great free way to exercise. During the winter it can be seen as one of the lesser appealing things to do, I’ll admit (because let’s face it, who wants to run in the dark and cold?). However, if a weekend run is your thing, then why not check out your local park run. They are held in hundreds of locations across the UK and the best thing is that it’s a free and safe way to go running alongside others who can provide moral support and motivation too.
Watch the video below for Samio’s top tips for working out at home