It’s been a while since I spoke about fitness here, but if you follow me on Twitter you’ll know that I’ve been making the most of as many free fitness opportunities in San Francisco as possible.
It’s taken me a little time to get into the swing of things (I think I went running twice between our arrival at the end of November and Christmas) but I feel like I’m getting my groove back. Back in the UK I used to attend a boxing gym and various circus skills classes but they’re pretty expensive out here so although I miss them, they’re on the back burner for now.
I didn’t make any New Years resolutions this year – uprooting our life in Bristol to move to another continent seemed like enough of a change – but there are some fitness goals I’ve had in mind since moving to San Francisco. These aren’t set in stone, but they are things I want to try or accomplish over the next 12 months:
Workout 3-4 Times Per Week
You might ache the next day, but do you ever finish a workout session and not feel better than when you went in? Me neither, which is why I’d like to continue to make regular fitness a priority this year. Back home I probably exercised between 2-3 times per week but so far in SF I’m already working out three, if not four times a week. I’d love to aim for five times per week but I know that’s not realistic for me right now – I’d rather be pleased with myself at completing a workout rather than worrying about squeezing in the next one.
Run a Half Marathon (over the Golden Gate Bridge)
I’d be lying if I said that part of this wasn’t about the bridge. It’s such an iconic landmark and I’d love to experience running across it without any traffic. I’d also like to try running another half marathon anyway, though persistent foot injuries put pay to this in the UK, so I’ll have to go with the flow with this goal.
Strength, Condition and Stretch More
If I want to start running long distance again then I need to make sure my muscles and joints are strong. A little weight training, resistance work and specific muscle group exercises, such as one legged squats, will help strengthen and protect my body. I also suffer from ridiculously tight muscles, so stretching more and often should help speed up my post-workout recovery time.
Choose Healthier Snacks
Ok, this is more overall health than fitness, but it needs to happen. I love snacking, I’m definitely not a three square meals a day kind of girl, but I may have overdone it a little with the ‘bad’ snacks since moving here. I couldn’t wait to try the fries, the chips, the cookies and the ice cream (oh, the ice cream!) but from here on out I’m trying to apply the ‘everything in moderation’ rule, which means not scarfing a family-size bag of Cheetos in one sitting.
Try New Activities
I feel so lucky to live in California and have access to all the amazing things there are to do here. I’ve already tried skiing, but I’d love to take advantage of the climate and terrain with activities like hiking, mountain climbing, cycling and paddle boarding. There are also lots of classes and gyms to try in the city, such as Cardio Barre and Soul Cycle, as well as ‘open gym’ type businesses where membership allows you try classes at lots of different studios.
Has the start of a new year put you in a fitness frame of mind? And have you made any fitness goals for the year ahead?