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It may seem like unconventional advice because I’m adding something more to a schedule, but here’s the thing about exercise – and I mean any kind of exercise – it’s meditative, it’s fun, it can be social or solo and it’s a major energy booster. But basically, it gets me out of the house and OFF MY CHAIR!
I’m sure there are other things you can do to stay sane but for me, this one wins.
I don’t think I really need to make a case for why exercise is good for you, but now that I’m not living in a cyclable city, shoving exercise into my daily routine has been TOUGH. So after a whole lot of struggling, here’s what works for me:
1. My all time favourite: BOOGIE LIKE A LOON
If you work at home alone like me, then this is perfect. You can, (and I certainly do) feel completely at liberty to crank up a bit of Maroon 5 and just freak out in an embarrassing way for 5, 10, 15, 20 minutes, or however long takes your fancy. It’s just enough time to clear the fluff from your brain before sitting down again.
2. Morning routine: POSE STRIKING
I picked 2 yoga poses that I wanted to work on this month and (down and upward dogs) and I stretch out to them every morning (if I don’t wake up late and have to rush off out). They wake me up in the morning. If I’m feeling extra happy about it, I’ll add a couple more in for fun. Choose something tough so you see and feel the improvement over a few weeks.
3. Thrice weekly: SWIMMING BUDDY
I didn’t realise how important accountability was until I wasn’t cycling everyday to get around in London. SO I roped in a friend of mine to swim with me at our local 50m pool. BONUS: potential hot man alert!!!!! You never know who you might meet 😉
4. Weekends: 10KM BIKE BLAST
My bicycle stares at me unhappily for the whole week, begging me with her gritty chain and deflating tires to leave the house already! I oblige on the weekend with a 10km loop around my area in the morning when it’s not so hot.
5. Other ideas for you
– I don’t know why you’d choose running over every other fascinating sport but marathons are a trend these days, so if that’s your bag it’s really awesome to join a run and have a competition date as your goal (wherever I go, someone ALWAYS wants me to do a triathlon *sigh*)
– You could take a leaf out of Tim Ferriss’s book and learn the Argentine Tango and enter yourself for a competition.
– You could try something new in a group or solo: lacrosse, water polo, sea kayaking, salsa, body boarding, ice climbing, yoga, squash, tennis, dance classes, walking round the park, circuit training, running, hiking, cycling, other team sports… If I was in New York I’d be trying Soul Cycle, but wherever you are there is always something suited for everyone.
And I’m out for now with other suggestions but you understand. Get out there, have some fun with it, and bring someone along with you and you’ll find it easier to focus when you get back to the table.
Image cover credit: Thomas Hawk
Guest post written by Abby Lo
Creative, determined, fun – that’s Abby. And unconventional (strange = cool in her book). London was her universe before she moved to KL in 2011 to – unbeknownst to her – emerge as an entrepreneur. Now that she’s released herself from the windowless 9-5 rectangle, you’ll find her freelance copywriting for health and well-being related websites, products and services. She also moonlights as a researcher and editor for the social policy specialist at UNICEF Malaysia and twilights (?!) to plot her first creative venture. You can connect with Abby on Linkedin.