Ok, so we knew it was coming, because lets face it, that’s just how the calendar works. January is upon us. Panic not. Those resolutions, personal promises, or whatever you like to call them, may be ringing in your ears right now. And after the festive feast that is Christmas, it’s hardly surprising that many of us had the body on the brain – according to survey carried out by Lifestyle Sports last year, an impressive 75% of us included fitness in our goals for the new year. However, in the cold light of January, that treadmill isn’t looking so tempting is it? Our recommendation – start slowly, and if necessary, distract yourself with the notion of being able to buy something fitness related in the January sales.
While running, cycling or cross training mightn’t have you leaping from the comfort of the duvet, perhaps an excuse to use a shiny new toy could help? For some of us, the best part of that morning jog is the music. Well, apparently now that excitement has moved on to the latest craze of knowing the science of our workouts. Enter the Fitbit, the smart watch that tells you exactly what your body is doing do while you sing along to Taylor Swift. And you have to admit, there’s something even more rewarding to exercise when a small computer tells you you’ve exercised. A virtual high five for your efforts. Fitbit will monitor your heart rate, measure sleep and track exercise goals.
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Let’s Go Outside Stay Inside
So the thought of pounding the pavements doesn’t quite do it for you? No worries – and no excuses. There are plenty of ways to get a good workout without entering a busy gym that’s full of scary machines you don’t quite know how to use. Tiger Stores currently have a range of fitness accessories that are perfect for designing your own personal sessions in the comfort of your own home. Grab a few items and get you (home) gym on. Follow an instructional video online, or once you get the hang of things, switch over to Netflix. That resolution to make more use of your time just sorted itself!
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If the kids got new outdoor toys over the holidays, this may be the perfect get fit choice for you – if you’re brave. Rollerblades. Just go with it for a second. Yes, there may be the wobbles and falls while you get to grips with your balance suddenly being at the mercy of eight small wheels, but once you do get going it is so much fun! Glide along to tone up thighs, abdominal muscles and even arms, if you can coordinate a nice gentle swing. There are dedicated blade stores for those who are really into the sport, but to begin, Smyths Toys have numerous pairs of rollerblades, that come in sizes up to UK10. You’ll be racing the kids to the park in no time!
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