Breaking Down The Exercise Barriers

As we’re nearing the end of January, I thought I would share with you the last four or five weeks of my exercise training. Unlike most people I didn’t set a new challenge on the 1st January as I know from past experiences that I never stick to these resolutions. Instead I started going to one exercise class a week in November and then upped that to one exercise class and one gym session per week in December, which has led to an additional outside training session in January. I believe this has helped me stick to my new routines completing exercise.

Whilst it’s not easy to finish work after an eight hour day and want to go to a fitness class, it’s not part of my routine and I’m organised enough to be able to do it as it’s a habit for me now. The family know what is happening when I leave work to get Miss A from after school club, home to prepare dinner, and get changed into my gym kit ready to go out later.

new trainers

Starting a new exercise routine can be quite scary and daunting, especially if it’s completely new. I never used to like going to fitness classes alone, but now it’s completely normal for me to go alone. Half the battle is beating your own thoughts and one way I have found to do that is to get out in the fresh air as you will think about everything without consciously thinking about it. Walking or running outside is a great way to let the mind wander as you’re focusing on breathing as you exercise. It really does help I promise.

The weather has been a little wet this January hasn’t it, and the tracks near my home where I like to walk and run outside are quite waterlogged. I have been careful not to get my new trainers dirty as I have been getting out and about but it’s not been easy. I have found my Fitbit to be a great motivator for exercise, especially when I see my daily steps lower than they should be.

Fitbit charge hr

One of the most positive motivators I have taken from the last few weeks of exercising regularly is my stamina levels. They have definitely improved and I can see a change in the shape of my legs which is also a great motivator. This pleases me and encourages me to get out there when the weather is cold and wet and I don’t want to leave the warmth of the house.


When you are lucky enough to get views like this when out and about getting exercise then how can you refuse the great outdoors? I am very lucky to have plenty of options for trail running and walking near to our home, which I appreciate not everyone has. For me I prefer running and exercising outside with the fresh air because I feel it helps me progress as I can see the distance I have travelled rather than walking or running on a treadmill, but there are times when that treadmill has its uses when it’s raining outside or the ground is slippery or waterlogged.

Are you an indoor or outside runner?

Disclosure – I was provided with new sportswear in return for exercising and feedback on how I feel after starting a new exercise routine – all opinions are my own



  1. January 28, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    Well done on your New Years fitness!! Wish I could fit more in but too much else going on at the moment. Nice trainers by the way!

    • spicers1976
      January 30, 2016 / 11:27 am

      they are lush trainers aren’t they 🙂

  2. January 29, 2016 / 9:09 am

    I have wanted to get going, but have found the weather more than a hindrance and my motivation has been almost nil. So I’ve bought new trainers, signed up for the Sport Relief 3k and got the Wii Fit out and pretty much decided to ask for a Fitbit for my birthday next week…so here’s hoping that my get up and go decides to join me! You do have pretty places to run…I shall mostly be pounding pavements!

    • spicers1976
      January 30, 2016 / 11:26 am

      I have a lot of pavements too. That’s great news. If you get a Fitbit you can sign up to their Sport Relief challenge which sees Fitbit donating for steps you complete.

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