Friday, 27 January 2017

Your daily exercise motivation: Day 19

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I have to mention that it's summer right now in Australia. So my workout activities are either swimming or in air-conditioning or at times when it's cool in the evenings.

Today, I spent the entire morning out in the sun but if that wasn't enough, I thought wouldn't it be fun to go to inflatable world again?

So great that we walked to the bus stop but we had missed it so kept walking to every bus stop for the next one,waited one minute, no bus, so we kept walking until 45 minutes in the heat we made it to inflatable world, where there is no air-conditioning and you jump around for two hours!

It didn't help that we arrived sweating! So first things first, a cold drink! And then let the jumping begin.

The great part of exercising with kids is, it's fun and you do things you wouldn't normally do. Like carry a 10kg toddler up a tall inflatable ladder to get to the top and slide down the slippery slide! For a giggle and smile from your child that makes your heart melt. So you keep doing it. And if one wasn't enough, you have two to watch and run around with, both wanting to do different things.

After our fun of two hours of jumping and a visit to the bathroom to wash the dripping sweat off.

We walked to the bus stop. Don't you know it it's a long wait. So we walk back home. Another 45 minutes.

Talk about a workout but guess what? It was completely fun, so go on what are you waiting for, go to inflatable world before I tell you to do some squats!

(Please note this is not a sponsored post from Inflatable World, just a mother who needed to do something active and fun with her children. However, Inflatable World, if you ever want some promotion, please get in touch!).

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 18

Today, I thought I would try some acrobatics for beginners. However typing this into YouTube, I received videos of gymnastics doing tumbles and handstands with no hands. Not actually what I want or can do.

But I wanted to do something ...

So I started with a dance warm up.

It's quite fast and the exercises move after one try. Being a bit out of touch with exercise, I was a bit slower to move from position to position. But I liked the flexibility of exercises, it really did challenge me. I didn't do the splits, but I did do middle splits as far as I could go.

After a few more searches on acrobatics, I found this yoga one:

It was actually quite good and very good at learning step by step. I didn't complete a handstand but I feel I did well to try. I will revisit this one again, once I build my upper strength and core body. 

Moving on with the yoga pose challenges, I found this one:

Again, another challenge and again I wasn't able to lift my feet off the ground but I did complete the video as far as I could. Another one, I will revisit at a later date.

My back was a bit sore and as much as I felt like I wanted to give up, I looked for a back stretch and I tell you what, this one is awesome. I will continue to follow this video over and over, when needed:

The lesson learned from exercise today is it doesn't matter if you are beginner. You have to begin somewhere and challenging your level can only motivate you to keep trying until you reach it. Like me, give it a try. You don't have to be fully competent in getting all the positions, but just try it and you might surprise yourself at how close you can come.

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Your Exercise Daily Motivation: Day 17

My arms are killing me from the two-day ago, upper strength workout. It hurts to lift a top over my head. PAIN. Good pain but pain none the less.

Swimming is a form of exercise, even if it's leisurely

It's a hot day, so my family and I go swimming. To ensure I get a work out on top of the leisurely hours' swim, I take my five year old for around the entire pool on my neck. I had to walk/swim (using my whole body) for a workout. Then after I dropped him off with his Dad, I took my younger son for another trip round. I actually got  a stitch so had to sit down for a bit in the foot deep water edge before swimming/trudging back.

Important notes to remember: 

  • Always remember if you get any pain, stop, breathe and rest before starting up again.
  • Get your children involved in your workout to help with you maximise it and make it fun for you and them.
Now go swimming, it's hot enough!!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 16

Okay, so yesterday was a big day on my arms. Feeling pretty sore. I end up going shopping and having to walk there again, gives me some leg exercise, which is good because my arms are sore and need a rest.

Go shopping, it's good exercise! :)

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 15

Hi there,

I am so excited to share with you what I did today. I dressed in my awesome exercise gear and went outdoors to focus on upper body. I don't have any equipment such as bars at home, so I needed to go elsewhere.

I went to an outdoor fitness exercise bars and spent 25 minutes, doing body lifts (only two at a time) and using one bar to climb my feet up with the top bar using my hands to hold it, sort of like monkey bars where you wrap you feet over and drop your back. I even let go at of my hands at one point and lowered them down the bar as I dropped my head and back, with my feet wrapped around the bar.

I also used a small lower bar about a metre off the ground to lift up to lean my hips against it and do ballet poses and leg lifts.

On the way to the car,  I saw a different exercise bar where I had to jump up, grab the handles and lift my knees to my chest, pull them down and up a couple of times. My arms were shaking.

If you're like me and have no upper body strength, I challenge you to find some bars high and low, wear your exercise clothes and do some acrobatics on them.

I can assure you it is 100% fun! Plus, about an hour afterwards I could really feel it working in my arms and lower legs! Nice.

Note: I did get a callous on each of my hands, so next time I am going to take my hubby's thin exercise gloves to see if that makes a difference. Good luck, you can do it!?

Monday, 23 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 14

First of all a big thank you to you watching/reading this. It's because of you that I think ooh, I have to do a workout today to share with you.

Today, I started with 7 mins dance easy hip hop workout routine, with side kicks that really worked out the glutes.

And then I saw this one which was hot and I did it once. I can't remember any of the steps so will save for another day but try it once, the moves are easy.

And then I did this warm down, which really worked!

Enjoy as much as I did! 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 13

How are you feeling?

I did a check and sadly I still have some cellulite. So a focus on my legs are a must today. Plus, painting my kitchen last night has given me sore arms (see it was a workout!), so a bit of an arm stretch is needed.

Unfortunately, my internet was having some issues today and didn't want to perform. Instead, I laid down on the floor (was feeling pretty tired), and did some leg workouts. I did lot's of reps that made me burn but my desire to burn off this cellulite was too great to not do anything or to stop when the burning (good) pain started. Instead, I finally lowered my leg and then felt the pain even more in my butt (nice!) Then I swapped legs. 

I did about 7 minutes of different leg workout exercises. I challenge you to do the same. You don't always need a teacher to help guide you. Just do the ones you know and challenge yourself. Put your timer on for 7 minutes and get moving! 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 12

Today, my family and I spent the day at the local pool. An hour of swimming and then in the evening I spent two and a half hours painting my kitchen, which does workout my arms, for improving my strength for aerial silk.

Today go for a swim or do some painting or something for your upper body strength. Aim for 7 minutes and if you feel like doing more, do it!

Time for you to get moving!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 11

So today I am starting to finally look like the body I want! I haven't checked out the back of my legs yet (too scared and a bit too lazy to look). But my stomach is no longer protruding as if I am six months pregnant! Woot woot!

This video is fun. I originally looked up more workout videos, but they looked boring, you know where you actually have to do squats (my least favourite exercise), so instead I looked for dance workouts. This dance workout is really great. It is fast, it took me a couple of minutes to catch up with the speed, but once I got it, it was fun and it did workout and my stomach was smiling in the exercise burn it gets when worked out! Yes, this is what I have been looking for!

After the workout, I played the below video of music to do a bit of a warm down and some stretches.

Please do comment below to let me know how you are going! I would love to know if you are seeing some improvement, no matter how small you think it is, please share it below!

It's important to watch your end goal as a motivator as often as you can. For me it's aerial silk, so I simply watch acts performed via aerial silk and save those that I love. This is inspiring and helps motivate me to keep going to get to a greater level to when I actually start!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 10

Whatever you do today, make sure you bounce!

Off to Inflatable World, where climbing, bouncing, jumping and running are all needed to survive!

Don't know what Inflatable World is, google it.

It looks like it's for kids, that's because it is, but if you have kids, go with them and challenge them with races to see whose the fastest and after a good hour you will be exhausted.

But don't sit down, because once you sit, you won't want to get back up!

I did it for an hour. Even my bum was sweating, that must be a good thing yes!?

Image via: WeekendNotes

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 9

Fit exercise around your day. Today I went shopping, but I didn't drive there, I walked there and I walked at the shops and then I walked home again. So there was a good forty minute walk that was at a good pace, there and back. Plus, it gets you outdoors. Double win!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 8

This is a total strength workout. I found it very good.

Plus, I then did this stretch afterwards (video below!). It is always important when just re-starting your exercise routine that you give yourself more stretch/warm down at the end of your workout video.


Monday, 16 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 7

Okay, God said Day 7 is for rest and thank goodness because it is such a hot day today. I literally can't move very far.

Note: When the weather is hot, try not to overexert yourself and stay hydrated. Don't feel guilty. Take the day off and be ready to get back to it tomorrow. :)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 6

I did mention in my first blog post that I needed to focus on my legs! So I found this YouTube video and it does work. 

I didn't use the bar that she uses, I just put my hands on my hips. I found that position to be a bit tricky anyway to work out. So it's important, any steps that you can't seem to get straight away, just make it more simpler by adding your hands on your hips and doing it slower till you get it, then add to it. 

Then I did my own 8 minute warm-down. Take it slow, deep breaths and stretch!

Wow, we've been exercising six days straight! Congratulations on how you are tracking so far. 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 5

Go swimming! I went for an hour. I didn't do laps, but I did leisurally swim and it was great to relax my muscles as well as my mind. Let play and fun into your exercise routine.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 4

Go for a ten minute walk. Ten minutes up and around the block, is all you need to unwind and let nature do wonders. Plus, do a quick workout.

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 3

Today, I didn't use YouTube I went to this teenage/kid's playground. It was for a higher age group than five and six year olds. This was a climbing playground. It had this climbing rope which was really high that you had to climb first and then climb over, or you could climb up in the middle, which I did, then swung from it, to practice my aerial silk swinging, dance positions and just building my upper strength. I only did about ten minutes, but it was amazing and I am looking forward to getting back there to try it again.

I know my followers are from all around the world, so I will say, look for those workout outdoor activity areas and I am sure you can use your imagination to do a quick upper body workout. Take your phone or ipad and turn on some dance beats to get you moving.

Note: I only did this when there was no one else around. So, pick a non-popular spot. We are newbies after all! :)

For all those people, who are ready to let this day of exercise go. Don't. Going outside and swinging on monkey bars is really fun, just don't break any bones!

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 2

So, I woke up super early before my entire family and thought some yoga would be good. I had no idea that this Surfer's yoga workout, was so awesome.

I actually felt my stomach muscles workout and sore for the next day too (the good sore pain, where you know the exercise is working!!)

Enjoy this and come back to this video often. Personally, this is one of my favourites.

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 1

My first day

Today, I want to focus on stretching and improving my flexibility. 

My real thoughts: I am feeling sluggish and heavy. I don't know really want to do the whole video but I remember my motivation and get started.

After the video, I also did some arm weights with Indian sauce and Bolognaise sauce jars in each hand for 15 minutes. It felt really good to build some arm strength and it didn't kill me!

Good luck. 

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Time to get started (Read this first)

Guess what, I have something to share with you. Firstly let me introduce myself. My name is Melanie Toye. I am a 100% creative, who loves to write, paint and teach.

I am also a Mum of  two and haven't really exercised hard for over five years. My main exercise has been walking but although some say that is enough and the best form of exercise, it's not hard exercise that pushes me to the limit and challenges my body.

In addition, I am a past-ballerina/dancer. I am used to challenging my body and know when it's been worked hard. But how do I get past this five to six years of doing no challenging form of exercise?

First of all, motivation. In three months I want to be able start learning to do aerial silk. I feel it's the next level I can take my ballet technique and just do something new, elegant and exciting.

The second is well, Christmas came and a few weeks prior to Christmas, my work held a 7 days, 7 kilo's morning tea's daily. Let's just say, I was feeling pretty heavy and beefy. So it's time to get started. I want to take it slow but still do some challenging stuff.

My focus is to start small, so just 7 minutes or more a day. I don't do it every day however and this is fine. But the aim is to do it every day.

Second of all, I want to do exercises that will help me when I start training to do aerial silk, this means I will be focusing on upper strength (which I lack!), wrist strength (if you can't open a bottle of water than listen in!), flexibility (with aerial silk the splits are always a winner!) and tone my legs to get rid of the summer cellulite that has crept in.

Each day that I do this, I will post the exercise video from YouTube (yep easy to do at home, as it can be done any time of day and you can wear what ever you want). Each day will be different focusing on what I want from your new body.

Understandably, I am not looking for quick fixes or diets or really full-on workouts that I know will kill me because I haven't worked out in years. So if you want to take it slowly and get your butt moving (literally) with me, then I would love for you to join me on this new adventure.

In no time, you will see results, as will I!

Disclaimer: Please note, it's really important you speak to a doctor before starting any exercise regime. If you have any pain, breathing difficulties or anything medical during the exercise, stop immediately. I will not be responsible for any damage or injury that may occur from you doing these exercise video's. I do not recommend hard exercises when/if breastfeeding, as this could result in milk loss. Please also note, that the first 12 months after pregnancy, your body changes a lot. I have started this daily exercise 1 1/2 years after I had my second child. There is no rush. Take your time. You know when you will be ready.

Also, it doesn't matter what day you might start this, just make sure you follow the days in order, starting with Day 1 etc, to work up to each day.

I do recommend downloading the free app HabitHub. It's a daily goal app, where you can write the daily goal and then tick done when you do it. You get to see your ongoing progress, so instead of letting it slide one or two days, you want to tick it off, so you end up doing it!

Chat soon,
Melanie xo

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