As I write this, my eldest son is at work and I am about to take Dexter to his friend’s house for a sleepover. This doesn’t happen very often, Dexter not being here I mean, and it’s a chance for me to put my feet up tonight, pour myself a glass of something cold and delicious (but alas non-alcoholic at the moment), and reflect about what life is like for me right now.
After I’ve done the washing up that is.
Ten months ago, I was living with Dad, desperately unhappy with my body, my job and my life. Don’t get me wrong, I was grateful we had somewhere to live, but after our original house fell through, I wondered whether I would ever feel settled again. I think a part of my unhappiness, a large part (pardon the pun), was down to just feeling uncomfortable in my skin, and so everything else in my life became … well, a little sad. I like to think I wasn’t miserable to be around, but my friends might say otherwise!
Five months ago, I began my weight-loss and fitness journey, and I’ll be honest … I don’t recognise the person I was back then anymore. I was a bit of a slob if I’m honest. I’d finish work and just vegetate. Life had just become exhausting, in every sense of the word. I don’t really know quite what changed, or why, I just know that it did. I remember lying on the sofa on Boxing Day last year, having zero energy, and then everything suddenly just clicked into place. I started eating well that very same day and, five months on, and nearly 2.5 stones lighter, life is pretty good.
Everything has changed. Take last Thursday. I live round the corner from a rather run-down social club and I have driven past this club for years, and always noticed the sign outside saying: “Zumba Here Every Thursday Night.” Of course, I never went in. Until last Thursday that is, when I went to my first ever Zumba class. I absolutely loved it, and regret not going sooner, but the old me would just scoff at things like that.
Also, you may remember that I recently debated whether to join a gym or not, and I still haven’t, but I have found ways to incorporate fitness into my everyday life, whilst at home. I spend so much time at home, which I’m thankful for, but it’s easy to become a little lazy if you’re not careful!
So I thought I would share my top tips for keeping fit and healthy from the comfort of your own home – and if you have any of your own to add, I’d love to hear about them!
- Do the gardening. I’m lucky that I like gardening, but you can get a really good workout whilst making it look pretty. Cutting both of my lawns takes two hours, and then there’s planting flowers and weeding the borders – all that standing up, bending down and lifting has to burn a few hundred calories right?
I EVEN CUT DAD’S GRASS!
- This isn’t strictly from home, but my Zumba class is really close to where I live, so there’s no excuse to not just pop round the corner and join in. Everyone has some type of fitness class near them, so I would urge you to give it a go, whatever it is. You might be a little nervous at first, like I was last week, but everyone is so friendly that you soon fit in. And if you can, find a class with music as the basis for keeping fit – you’re more likely to keep it up if you enjoy it.
I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS BEFORE LAST WEEK’S ZUMBA CLASS!
- This may sound a little strange, but whenever I do the washing up, I do press ups on the sink. (Hear me out.) If I’m waiting for the kettle to boil, or the sink to fill with water, I put my hands against the worktop, walk my feet away, maybe a few inches to start with but you can build that up, and do an upright press-up. I started with five, and I’m now up to 15! It’s great for the chest and arm areas.
- As I work from home, I must walk up and down my stairs at least twenty times a day, if not more. There’s putting the washing away, tidying rooms and, of course, if you drink a lot of water like I do, well … you know the rest. So when I go up and down the stairs, I run! It builds up my stamina … and my thigh muscles!
- I’m not a fan of the fitness DVD, although a lot of my friends are, but they are back with a vengeance aren’t they?! But if that’s not your thing, why not search on YouTube for 10-minute specific exercises. There are some great yoga and pilates videos on there and even if you wanted to specify one part of your body, ie. your stomach, there’s lots of those too. The great thing is, you don’t have to take an hour out of your day, you can just spend ten minutes when you have free time.
- Buy a Fitbit (or something similar). You’d be amazed by how accountable you feel when you wear a pedometer and you know it’s counting every single step. I have been known to march on the spot in front of the TV for ten minutes here and there – you’d be amazed by how quickly it all adds up.
- Finally, because money is a little tight at the moment, and I can’t buy any gym equipment, I look around the house to see what I can use for weight bearing exercises. I’ve done bicep curls with baked bean tins and done tricep dips on the seat of my dining room chairs – you’d be surprised by how adaptable everyday items at home can be.
I hope you find those tips useful!
And now, whilst the house is quiet, and there’s no-one shouting, “Mum! Where’s my football kit?” I’m going to run myself a hot bath and relax for a while, because where I am right now, well, it feels like home.
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