Sunday, 12 April 2015

Exercise|| The Easy Way

This is a bit of a different post for me to do but one that I hope with give some people (even just one of you) some motivation to get out of the house and do something out of your comfort zone. At 22, I've been in education all my life and now I'm a full time teacher, teaching 29 9-10 year old. I pretty much have no free time so finding time to relax and dare I say it exercise is a nightmare. That being said, I know how important it is and for my own health, it is essential.
I recently joined the gym with my mum but as I've said finding time to go in between staff meetings, marking and assessing is really difficult. I don't particular enjoy the thought of going to the gym, once I get there I do enjoy the feeling but getting there is a different story. We go to yoga weekly which I really love but although it's good for my mental health, is it all that good for weight loss? So I've decided to take things into my own hands. Why not do fun things outdoors! I'm not an outdoorsy person, at all. I hate cold, warm, hot, bugs, mud etc but the idea of being outside away from work and technology and the strain of everyday life is very appealing.
Ever since I did Go Ape a few weeks ago I've been open to stepping out of my comfort zone. Go Ape took around 3 hours to complete and I can honestly say I worked muscles I never knew I had before (embarrassing I know)! In case you don't know what Go Ape is, it's like an assault course up in the trees, it's strenuous and exhausting but I laughed more than i'd laughed in years. Put me in the gym for three hours and i'd be crying and running for the hills, but outside up in the trees I was climbing and holding my own body weight all whilst looking at amazing, unbelievable sites and laughing with my family. During the Easter Holidays, my boyfriend and I again visited Dalby Forest (where Go Ape is) but this time we had planned a walk... yes, me walking!?
We chose a moderate walk that took us around 2 hours; the sun was shining, we had zero signal on our phones and we had a truly lovely time. Being so high up meant we saw some beautiful sights, we took pictures, had a picnic and saw a snake! I woke up the next day and couldn't feel my calves, we walked up hill, down hill and threw mud all of which I would never choose to do. Basically, what i'm trying to say is exercise isn't about being a gym bunny sweating it out on the treadmill. Get outside and step out your comfort zone, a simple walk to the shops or an activity filled day at your local park will be so much better for you then being inside on social media or doing work. It'll be good for your mental health to so next time you get the opportunity, grab it with both hands!

xo

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  1. In the sunny weather I just love going outside for a walk or a run :) it makes you feel so good!! These are lovely pics btw :) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautifu-x

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  2. You got some gorgeous shots! You've made me really want to go walking! x

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