Last Friday I attended a meeting at Bisham Abbey that was hosted by Get Berkshire Active. This is a sports partnership working on promoting sport and exercise across the county.
They were looking for women in sport and fitness to represent them as ambassadors in an attempt to get more women and young girls active.
Sport England did a survey last year and found that 75% of 14-40 year old women want to exercise, but don’t, for fear of what they look like, what others might think or how hard it might be.
As a result of the meeting I am now one of the Berkshire Ambassadors for the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign and will continue to ensure that I and FastTrack Fit Camp inspire not just women, but anyone wanting to get more active into a healthier lifestyle.
The Get Berkshire Active Week is between 16 – 24 May and our timetable at Fit Camp during that week will include some general attendance classes that you are welcome to come to, to try us out and see if outdoor fitness is for you. Full details are HERE.
But why wait until then?! Here are 5 tips to get you active today, tomorrow, this weekend! Afterall, the benefits of regular activity can never be started soon enough.
1. It’s an obvious one, but walk more. Take your lunch breaks, swap your shoes for your trainers and walk. You can cover 2 miles in about 30 minutes. You’ll feel better, have better concentration in the office and more patience with those around you.
2. Use the stairs at work, in shopping centres, hotels and car parks. Sometimes you have to hunt them down as they are hidden in the corners of the building, but rather than queuing for the escalator – take the stairs.
3. Toothbrush squats: if you have an electric toothbrush this is perfect for a 2 minute squat workout. What else are you going to do? Sit on the side of the bath and day dream?! Get your feet slightly wider than your hips, line your toes up so your feet are level and lower your bum towards the edge of the bath and then (without sitting on it) rise up again. It’s a great way to work your legs and bum and also gets you pretty warm in the process.
4. Advert Circuits: if you watch television in the evening you can use the advert time as an opportunity to get a mini circuit in. For each advert do an exercise, it could be a plank, or squats, or running in the spot, or jump jacks or lunges…you get the idea! At every change of advert change your exercise, you could end up doing 3-4 or 5 and get a bit of a glow on. Do that several times in one film and suddenly you’ve made a bit of a difference for not leaving home, putting trainers on or getting a babysitter.
5. 100 Day Challenge: if you like the challenge of something that will make a difference set yourself a challenge to do something every day for 100 days. It doesn’t have to be massive, but something every day for 100 days will make a big impact on your health, your energy, how you feel and how you look. It could be a 30 minute walk each day, 30/50/100 reps of a certain exercise each day, 5 minutes skipping, 10 minutes hoola-hooping…whatever it is declare it and then get going with it.
You too could be part of the 100 Club. Like my two previous challenges 2012 and 2013 and Porscha who joined the 100 burpees for 100 days club and like Duncan is just about to, he has about 10 days to go.
Whatever you do, be active! And I hope we’ll see you in Get Berkshire Active Week.