Trust only movement.

Alfred AdlerAustrian medical doctor and psychotherapist

Creativity, joie de vivre and a zest for life – who doesn’t want that? We can have everything but without fitness and health as a baseline, then we’re sapping ourselves of energy, vitality and success.

They say that routines become habits and trust the experts to establish that it takes 66 days to form one.

No matter our income, where we live or our level of fitness, everyone can make a plan and start embedding fitness into their lives. We don’t have to aim to be superstar athletes. Our goal needs only be simple – to give ourselves the best chance of making the most of our lives and what we can do.

Check out the tried and tested resources and ideas below.

TRAINING AT HOME

Youtube is the DIY of everything, including a gymnasium for those who don’t want to leave the house or get changed to work up a sweat. The beauty of Youtube is the variety of trainers ploughing their wares.

The basic idea is to keep switching up your training. This means, working on legs one day, arms the next, abs, cardio and so on. It also means taking ab classes from different trainers, who throw different methods and challenges. Your body has to quickly learn to adapt and build new muscles.

Our favourite channels, streaming all sorts of classes include:

  • Fitness Blender – over 500 videos of various lengths, difficult and focus, with easy-to-follow progression and timer clocks. You’ll be hooked once you start.
  • HASfit – hundreds of videos by this husband and wife outfit. They offer a more organic vibe. Don’t be fooled by the level of intensity of some of their classes!
  • Kickboxing – some of the leanest, strongest, quickest athletes on earth are boxers. Their training mixes agility, speed with power. Check out some of these video training tricks from Nate Bower Fitness and Millionaire Hoy.
  • Rebecca Louise – cheerful, high-energy trainer, with shorter length videos, targeting female audiences.
  • 31 Day Yoga Challenge – reconnect with your body and mind with progressive programs, such as from Adriene and DoYouYoga.

A little space helps, but a comfy lounge room floor for a yoga mat should suffice. Most of these videos use your own body weight to generate the tension and weight. However, as you get stronger, you can add weights, dumbbells or kettle bells into the mix.

OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND

Parkour was never invented by anyone, it's always been here.

Sébastien FoucanFounder of freerunning and an early developer of parkour.

Hand rails, brick walls, plastic or cement barriers, footsteps, kids playgrounds, monkey bars – all of these can be found in virtually street or public park.

Embarrassment can sometimes hold us back. If you can find a training buddy, that helps take your mind off practising in a public space.