7 Sure-Fire Ways to Kick Start Your Fitness in 2017💪👊

It’s 2017, a New Year, and with it your chance to get fitter and more active than ever before. But if, like me, the thought of driving to a gym to walk on a treadmill for an hour bores you to tears then fear not, because I’ve gone and put together a list of seven exciting ways to get fit in 2017! 

1: Geocaching

If you’ve never heard of geocaching, it’s basically a grown-up version of an easter egg hunt where you use GPS, map coordinates and even riddles to discover new treasures. You can target treasure in your local area or play on a massive scale and explore entire countries looking for your next loot like I’ve done back in the Netherlands!

Geocaching in Haarlem
My geocaching experience in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

The only rule is that when you take a treasure you have to leave something of equal value in its place. Seriously, though, play this for three to four hours each week and you can easily rack up 16-20 miles of walking, running or cycling time.

2: Weightlifting

Ever watched the Olympics and seen people throw a super-heavy weight above their heads with lightning speed and inch perfect technique? Well the two lifts they perform are the snatch and the clean & jerk, and they can help you to lose fat, develop balance and coordination, build incredible strength and have a rock solid core.

girl at the gym
Working hard at the gym.

With the sport becoming increasingly popular, have a look on google for clubs in your local area. You might be surprised just how strong you become! I’ve been lifting since March 2016 and I’ve been loving it!

3: Yoga

Okay so it might not get your heart pumping, but Yoga has a whole range of other benefits. You can become more flexible as well as improve core stability and balance. What’s more, stretching the right muscles (usually your hips) can help to improve your posture, and taking some time to relax and breathe can massively reduce your stress levels.

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Even better there are different styles of Yoga, so you can experiment and discover which works for you. Find a local class and I’m sure you won’t regret it.

4: Mixed Martial Arts

For all you Rocky Balboa fans out there, why not try some mixed martial arts? (MMA for short) You’ll learn how to punch, kick, grapple and throw and you’ll develop some serious athleticism. Plus let’s be honest here, have you ever seen an out of shape fighter? Don’t worry, though, you won’t be thrown into the ring on your first day (or ever if you don’t want to).

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Almost all good clubs will let you develop your skills at your own pace and you’ll make some great friends along the way. It might be a little out of your comfort zone, but sometimes that’s where the best opportunities for growth and learning are.

5: Zombies, RUN!

Yep, you read that correctly, get fit with the help of the living dead. Zombies, RUN! Is the biggest fitness game ever, and was developed by Naomi Alderton and Six to Start as a downloadable app for iphone and android. Each time you go for a run you can listen to award-winning stories which have you collecting supplies, reaching outposts and being chased by hordes of zombies. In essence you’ll be getting an interval workout without having to worry about getting tired or bored. Plus with over 100 different missions (and more being added each month) you’ll never repeat the same run twice.

6: Personal Training

With the huge growth of the personal training industry, there are more people than ever before seeking the help and advice of qualified professionals to take their health and fitness to the next level. A good trainer should design a personalised programme for you, teach you how to correctly perform a variety of exercises and movements and push you to work hard and get the results you’re looking for. If you’re willing to invest some money into your own health and fitness, this might well be the option for you this year.

A quick heads up, though, I recommend choosing a trainer that specialises in your goals, so make sure to check websites and don’t be afraid to ask questions to make sure you’re getting the right match for you.

7: Climbing

Another activity climbing in popularity (sorry I couldn’t resist!) is the act of ascending to high places. With climbing you’ll get your heart racing, develop awesome grip strength and learn an amazing new skill; plus you get to pretend you’re spiderman!

climbing

I recommend taking a beginners course at an indoor centre to learn the ropes, make yourself safe and discover how to climb up different terrains and obstacles. When you’ve built your confidence you can head out into the great outdoors to tackle some tougher climbing or even hiking. What’s more, you’ll get the opportunity to explore some amazing places of natural beauty, which is always a win in our book.

a girl showing her bicep
Time to work on this bicep!

And that concludes our list of seven sure-fire ways to get fit in 2017. Hopefully, I’ve given you some fresh ideas and some inspiration for how you can get fit this year. Just remember, exercise doesn’t have to be dull, you simply need to find an awesome new activity and explore it. Fitness is built through consistency, so finding something you love and doing it every week is 100% the way to go if you’re looking for fitness success. So whether you’re a rock climber, fighter, yogi or a weightlifter, get out there and start your fitness adventure.

35 comments

  1. Wow Agnes,this post is super inspiring.I love it!Your passion jumps off the screen.I am old and tubby but trying to claw my way back!Yoga sounds a good place to start x

    1. Thank you, Jenny! x

  2. Hi Agnes! These are some great tips! Geocaching and Zombies, Run sound amazing! I never heard of them and I will definitely have to check them out and see if they have something like this here in the U.K.! 🙂 Monica x

    1. That’s so lovely to hear, Monica. Many thanks for sharing!

  3. Great tips! So much more creative and fun than a lot of conventional advice. I love each of these suggestions (apart from the zombie run – I’ve never done that but obviously that would be the best and scariest thing ever).

    1. You definitely must try the Zombie Run – so much fun!

  4. These are great tips Agness! I hope I can do some of them this year.

    1. Thanks girl x

  5. Love all these ideas! I need to get into yoga again – I was consistent with it a while back and fell out of the routine. It’s such a great way for me to improve strength and flexibility.

    1. Get back on the track, Chrissy! 🙂 It feels great to stay motivated and keep pushing yourself!

  6. Great ideas Agnes, I do knwo of Geocaching already but Zombies, Run? Hilarious.

    1. It is hilarious, indeed! 🙂

  7. Great tips, I really wish I stay motivated like you. Did not know about the Geocaching, seems a lot of fun. Speaking about fun, I’ve heard before about something called run for your life app hehehhe… really anything to get us out of the couch.

    1. Go try geocaching. It is a great adventure!

  8. i have been doing yoga for 40 years and still enjoy it , as long as I listen to my body.

    1. 40 years? Wow, that’s impressive, Gerlinde!

  9. So many fun ideas! Yoga is awesome 🙂

    1. It is, indeed, Akaleistar 🙂

  10. Those are many great ideas! Certainly need to give a few a try; yoga maybe. Never done that before.

    Have a blessed week hun!

    Funmi xx
    http://www.funmialabi.co.uk

    1. You should definitely try yoga. I did and although I am more intro weight lifting at the moment, I still have days when I feel like a good yoga session can help.

  11. I love yoga and bushwalking. Thanks for the ideas!

  12. Yoga is always my go-to exercise but I’ve never thought about taking a MMA class and I LOVE that idea!!! I could kick some butt in that class! Or get my butt kicked. hahahahaha 😉 Just kiddin’. This is a great list and I’m going to search for one of those MMA classes today.

    1. Kick these butts, haha!

    2. Kick these butts :)!!!

  13. These are great fitness tips! Since it’s hard for me to find time to do some of the above, I just signed up for a gym membership near my home (I never go on the treadmill, though!) and it has helped me so much!

    samanthamariko.com

    1. You can always do your workouts at home 🙂

  14. I am loving these ideas. I am going to have to check out the zombies run, my son would love that

    1. Good luck, Alison! Let me know how you like it.

  15. Love all of these ideas, Agness! You’ve inspired me to change things up in my routine this year!

    1. That’s so nice to hear. Keep on going!

  16. Great ideas! I never knew Geocaching was a thing, but I love the idea of it – I must try it some time!! I wonder if it’s in Australia…

    1. It must be. Btw, we’re going to Australia in May so we hope to meet up with you xxx

  17. Love all your ideas and tips to get moving. I’ve been slacking a little and this post has me motivated. I love yoga and I can’t wait to get back into it. Lovely post!

  18. I like your list. thanks for sharing this post. I’ve tried climbing before and it happened twice. I still love to do it again but hopefully, I can do it alone real soon.
    Yoga is something that I really want to learn, but I’m not flexible enough so I don’t know how to start.
    Weightlifting will be really hard for me since I’m just 46kg and 5’4″ in height. Maybe I should gain more before doing this.
    I do jogging once a week and I get skinnier because of that. I don’t know why jogging once a week keeps me from getting fat. I just like to tone my muscles but I don’t have any idea what to do, do you have any routines for toning muscles?

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