It's time. The first school holidays are over and then 'normal' life starts again. Although nothing seems normal this year, it is still good to adopt some healthy habits. Because making and keeping your body and mind healthy and strong is the least you can do for yourself.
On the Spiffy active blog I read Getting started again with these 9 handy tips . That is very welcome after months of corona chaos, that enormous heat and having no rhythm at all. I wholeheartedly agree with all nine tips, below my top 3.
Tip 1 - Find what suits you
Choices, choices, choices! Everything is possible in the field of sports, but (re)starting sports is easiest if you find something that suits you well, with your personality, abilities, finances, schedule and goal.
Totally agree. For example, I just finished an annual Basic-fit subscription, but I haven't even been there three and a half times in that entire year! shame. Now corona time also counts, but it is embarrassingly little. In those nearly four times I found out that I thought it was terrible. The first time was fun, we agreed to play sports with a few mothers from school. There were very few other people, it was fun and I was overwhelmed by the possibilities. Then we found out that no one could really meet at the same time every week, I got a burning headache during a spinning session, I didn't feel relaxed one night among all men... not to mention that I felt like a hamster on a treadmill. If you would still generate electricity with it, ok, but I thought it was all SO pointless.
Bobbing for a good wave
This year I started learning (!) to surf and going for a run in nature. Especially the first one makes Crackling happy. It is so great to practice a sport on and in the sea. The sea does not do what you want, 'you just have to do it with it'. Sometimes you spend a long time bobbing for a good wave, only to mess it up. But if you manage to stand and surf it: as happy as a child. Running is what I do now to stay in shape. In the open air, with sun and rain. It took a while to find some nice sports. But then you have something.
Tip 2 - Schedule sports
Once you've figured out which sports suit you and you've found a training buddy, plan your exercise right away for the foreseeable future. If something is on your agenda, there is probably less temptation to cancel the appointment with yourself and/or your training buddy. You might move it every now and then, but that's better than scheduling nothing and not finding the time or motivation at the last minute.
No planning = no sports
That planning is also SO true: no planning = no sports. Then with me. So that surfing has become a weekly surf lesson at Surf School Scheveningen (TIP!). Every Friday and/or Thursday morning I lie on a board next to the Pier. As simple as that. I run with an app that subtly lets me know that it's time to go for the next run. The app I use is C25K .
Tip 3 - Invest in good sports equipment
When running, good shoes can help prevent injuries. When hiking, hiking socks are important to prevent blisters. Exercising in a cotton shirt that doesn't help dissipate heat well can be irritating. Matching accessories such as a good backpack, sports towel, your own yoga mat or water bottle are also important. Don't know what a handy outfit is, or which accessories are really important? Check with the gym or yoga school, running club, friends, or look online.
Totally agree. I would like to add that you should definitely browse the Spiffy active blog , there you will find many useful tips and very valuable advice.
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Author - Mariko Naber
Mariko is the happy brain behind Happlify. Together with partner Mark she runs Sell your stuff online, branding agency Loaded ink BNO en Atelier Naber . She loves feel good, random acts of kindness, meatballs, chocolate mousse, family time, sea, surfing, piña colada, sugar & spice and everything nice 💛