Monday, 27 March 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 33

To get fit, get your whole family active, even you

Tell yourself when fitness feels good

I have been feeling really good at my fitness lately. This week, I have focused on strength, flexibility and now stamina and I have to say I am feeling great, mentally and physically.

Baseball for the whole family

Today, the whole family went to practice in the baseball bating cages. Our children started batting from the tea-ball equipment in the first batting cage. While my husband and his coached practiced bating in the far cage.

Both my children were batting and I started to stretch out as my body was a bit tight from the flexibility workout the other day.

After a few hits my son wanted to go pick up the balls. I decided to run and pick up four balls at a time and run back and the children followed and ran too.

The kids kept batting and then we would run again and pick up the balls. I want to build my stamina and fitness levels. I want to do something every day.

We then practiced our throwing. All up we threw about half a carton of balls. Then we ran again and got all the balls.

When it's time to go but you have more to give

It was time to leave but I still felt I had more in me, so I suggested to my husband that we run on the field. My son was keen, so we sprinted from the batting cage to the first field, about 100 metres and we raced back.

Both my children and I kept doing it, with rests in between. About 5-6 times.

Satisfaction and results 

It felt good and overall it was an hour's of activity involving the whole family and it's a memory that will last with me forever.

I did however forget to stretch afterwards but once we got home, I felt tightness, I did a stretch then and my son even showed me some good stretches to do.

As always, I suggest you try to involve your children in exercise as you do it. Turn it into a competition!

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 32

Time to remind my body of its flexibility

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My self-made flexibility class

I've been saying for weeks I need to improve my flexibility but I haven't really spent a whole training session dedicated just for flexibility. So tonight I wanted to see how far I can go.

Recommendation for beginners in flexibility

I also don't recommend this if you have never done the splits before as you could hurt yourself.  Do everything slowly and make sure you have a spotter to help lift you if you can't get back up.

My flexibility lesson

I did lots of pre-stretching, I did the half split and front leg underneath and did this on both sides. I just tried the splits myself twice first and then got my husband to hold my arms up straight, which is quite difficult but it would be like I was holding the silk so you need a different strength and I went a good distance that I will now start trying with the silk.

I also went on tippy toes and did a side split on the half wall. Important to make sure your hip is straight forward in line with your other hip. Lower the height until you get this right. I tried on both legs a couple of times.

Always end your exercise session with something fun

I did some leg side kicks on each side and finished off with a dance to Julia Michaels - Issues:

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 31

Using the outdoors to get fit and strong

The great thing about starting to get fit is after a little bit you realise, 'Actually I don't want to just be fit, I want to really challenge myself and push the limits of my body.'

Today, I took my young son for a walk. He walked with me and we walked quite a distance to then stop at each fitness station in the park.

I started with 20 sit ups. My aerial trainer advised for some activities to focus on keeping my lower back straight, this was a good way to do this and work out my stomach at the same time.

We kept walking and found some bars, which I started lifting my body up and did some swinging and worked on my in-air splits.

Then I found another bar where I lifted my body directed up straight and held for 25 seconds. On aerial silk I do a handstand in the air so learning to balance for 30 seconds in a straight body is key. 

We walked home, with my son in the stroller I reminded myself to walk faster to get a better workout and a couple of streets from home, I ran pushing the stroller.

The result?

An hour and a half later my son and I were smiling ear to ear. Actually, we were smiling the entire time we were out.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 30

My husband and I wanted to go look at some home displays. What I didn't realise was after two hours of walking in and around and up through homes, it would be classed as a workout. Ten minutes of walking is roughly 1,000 steps for me times that by 6 (6x10 minutes = 1 hour) = 6,000 steps times by 2 = 12,000 steps. I did 12,000 steps roughly in 2 hours. Admittedly, it was slow paced walking but there were stairs we walked up and down in and we didn't sit down once.

Need to boost your daily step count, go look at some display homes.

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 29

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Want to get fit? Start your weekend by wearing your workout gear. Turn on the music on the TV or computer and dance. Clean the house while you dance. You will workout while your house is getting a clean! Plus Saturday mornings can be had to get out of bed, let alone move far from the couch. This makes a great start for a productive weekend.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 28

I just spent an hour putting my children to bed, reading books, laying down etc. My hubby was fast asleep as well (big day). I used my time in bed waiting for bub 2 to sleep to organise my writing tasks I wanted to do today.

When I finally got out, I realised, I needed to move my body.

So are you ready? When you feel you need to move your body, it will not only help you sleep better but it will help you stay awake for what you do want to do.

Let's begin!

Because I had on some Rhianna music playing when I began to write, I thought it only fitting to look for a Rhianna dance workout. Are you ready?

The good part about this workout is, the moves continually come back to the beginning. So simply join in and miss bits and you will pick it up as you move your body. It's quite fun, so give it a go! (Only 3 minutes!!)

I still had energy and my friend had told me she did street dancing. So I searched for a strret dancing workout:

At the beginning of this workout, I somewhat freaked out. Yet there is no need to, as they teach the moves well, but when he said just watch, I did the moves with him. I found I learnt the move quicker. It was good, but after 9 minutes my concentration levels were sinking... I wanted to write. (Do as long as you want!)

So I completed the exercise with one of my new favourite warm-downs. It's only 2 minutes and it's awesome. Join me by doing it now:

How do you feel?

You have done an awesome job! I can't believe how far we have come. At the beginning I felt so lazy (and I still do) but now I actually want to workout and know that I can survive. :) Comment below on how you are feeling now.

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 27

The day after my first aerial silk ...

The day after my first Aerial Silk Class, I was expecting to wake up in a whole lot of pain but was pleasantly surprised when I didn't. A small amount of soreness in my arms that I can't even tell you where, because I have never used those muscles before.

I did do some stretching when I got home from class, for about 5 mins which seemed to help.

However, I was completely tired. I do wonder if I had tried to be more active before I started, if it would have helped.

The second day was a little bit more pain in the arms. I probably didn't be as active as I could have been, which resulted in me not sleeping till the wee hours of morning. Another reason to try and do something active every one to two days.

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 26

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My aerial silk journey begins

Wow, I have great news! I did my very first class in aerial silk. Finally my dream of doing it, is actually happening and guess what it was awesome!

I went with my friend (which I strongly suggest) because we cheered each other on and laughed and swore. It was hilarious but awesome. We could actually do it. Which, I am pretty amazed about.

In the beginning of my aerial silk class...

Of course my first attempt I landed flat on my butt, which was to be expected but I wanted to do it. Then the next attempt, I did do it and I didn't just do it, I learned how to do tricks as well, like upside down hand stands and holding one silk in each hand while performing the middle splits (not full splits and this is where I want to improve), just felt incredible.

My friend and I were puffing, had sore hands but you couldn't wipe the smile off our faces. The class was incredible, what we were doing was incredible and it was definitely a life experience I will not forget.

This is an 8 week course so I will let you know on how we progress and what I will do in the interim to keep working on the target areas.

Is my fit journey over though?

Absolutely not. I am just beginning. I realise I need to work on greater flexibility to make the tricks look better as well as my core strength and upper body strength.

Plus, I am really loving it. It made me feel good, laugh lots and challenged me in doing something I have never done before. I feel alive.

I actually strongly suggest if you are feeling sad for no reason or you are just bored of life, then do something that seems totally out there and challenging. For me it's aerial silk, for you it could be another sport, just try it!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 25

Yoga & Cardio to help you get into fitness today

Written by Melanie Toye

The reality of making one step closer to your fitness goals

So I did it! I am booked into Aerial Silk and to be honest, the nerves are starting to build already. I know I can do this. I also know I can survive an hour class (hopefully).

But I also know, feeling lazy (especially on the weekends) is not going to help me achieve my goal. I have not much time left before my first lesson and I don't want to be so tired and sore from it that I can't move the next day. So here's to a week of activity.

My focus today was to get flexible and do some cardio.

Starting slow, start with yoga

I found this yoga workout on Youtube. Try it!

How far did you go? Normally, I would try for the whole video. But I had a heavy dinner and the whole up and down, real fast got me to 14 minutes and then I had to stop. It was very good though and I hated it throughout (when I mean hate, I mean it was working! I think I will feel the exercise burn tomorrow.)

Overall, this yoga workout was very good.

At your peak, add in cardio to your workout

I felt like I should really do some more cardio, so I found this extra workout.

Again, I didn't finish the whole video, but you go right ahead! I also didn't incorporate weights, only because I didn't realise and felt it was too far to walk to the cupboard. Okay, I know I sound lazy but I was doing much more than I originally intended (which was to sit on the couch for as long as possible, huh! Who am I kidding, I've got kids). :)

Warm-down's are for everyone

And then came the warm down:

I have to admit I was really looking forward to the warm down, so much so, I nearly ditched it completely. However, it is so important you warm down after exercise, especially if you haven't done it in a while. That's why, it's okay if you want to finish a workout video early, as long as you still do a warm down.

I really liked this video, it look very professional. Plus, it was super quick. 

Thank goodness, today was hard but I feel great now that I have done it and that I am one step closer to doing well in my first aerial silk class.

Key points to keep up your daily fitness goals:

  • Have a bigger goal in mind with a deadline that will motivate you to workout daily. 
  • Keep a diary of when you are working out, so you know when you miss a day.
  • Do exercise if you are feeling lazy, it will wake you up. 

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 24

The next day, I just wanted to dance. I put on Cmusic channel on Fetch, a classical, cinematic video channel. I danced ballet free movement (free movement is where you create your own dance). It was lovely to do after a while and I realised how much I miss it. Plus, I AM still good at it, which is nice to know.

The best way for free movement is to start by closing your eyes and listen and feel the music, then when you are ready get up and dance. Your mind and body will be in tune and ready.

Put your oven timer on for 20 minutes and dance. Don't forget to smile!

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 23

A workout that will make you feel ... awesome

All I can say is this guy is awesome. My family went to do groceries, (a great chance for me to mop the floors). I cleaned and then I danced and I tell you what it was worth it. This guy, is great. Don't umm and err for this one, just do it. You will feel feminine, you will get a workout and you will want to do more! 

Get ready ...


I still wanted to do more ... so here goes!

And now for a slow cool down. Enjoy!

Did you enjoy this workout? Let me know in the comments below!

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 22

Use the playground to your advantage

Written by Melanie Toye
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Fitness during sickness

I apologise for the delay in posts, I was sick and then I let posting of the blogs get away from me. If you do get sick, it's very important to rest as much as you need without pushing your body to exercise until you are fully over it.

Get fit with your children

Stomach crunches on the monkey bars anyone?
My first Exercise to get back into it, was by taking my children to the playground and while they played, I jumped on the monkey bars and performed lifts and dance leg moves while holding the bars and even stomach sit-ups with my legs over the bars with my upper body dangling.

Know your limits when it comes to fitness safety

Please note, I would hate for you to break your back, or arm or hurt yourself, so be careful, make sure your legs can completely hold you, use the side bars to place your hands to hold if need be and then bring your body back up to have your hands holding the bars to help you get back down. If you feel like your body is slipping, don't panic, simply fix it or get back to the ground as soon as you can.

Good luck!

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 21

Today, I decided that I (just me) would take the dogs for a walk. Sounds pretty easy right?! Well, I never walk them, my hubby does. There was this time where my dog pulled me so fast down the hill, I fell and ... Oh no you don't need to hear the stories. So it's probably been quite a few years before I dared to walk them again.

Now, they weigh 45kgs each and have a lot of strength. So I can only walk one dog at a time.

Total of 10-15 mins each per dog. It doesn't sound a lot but to be honest it's all I could do. A cardio workout it was! Heavy, strong dogs who love walkies make you workout. You have no choice but to walk fast, it's not like when I stroll around the area that I would call a walk.

Do you have pets? Take them for a walk. If not, borrow someone's else dog (just make sure you ask them first!) 😉

Trust me you will get a good workout!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Your Daily Exercise Motivation: Day 20

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Make exercise fun and involve your children

Today, I took the kids for an exploration and adventure one hour walk.

We walked up a hill and walked down a hill to the water (oh wait, that's Jack and Jill, oh no, that's what we really did).

We then played in the rocky sandy shore digging for treasure, until the children were ready to walk back up the hill and down the hill once more.

I always think it's really important to involve your children in your workouts, because they have unlimited energy and can burn some of it as well!

Get creative, no matter how old your children are and try to do one workout a week where you get creative and involve them.