guest post! heather e.

by Janetha on July 19, 2010

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Hey all meal and movers! I’m Heather of Get Healthy With Heather and I am very excited Janetha asked me to guest post for her. I always enjoy reading about her creative meals and fun fitness moves.

A bit about me – I love all things food and fitness. When I’m not running, biking, swimming, strength training or doing yoga, I’m in the kitchen creating new, tasty meals and snacks for my husband and I. I enjoy so many different forms of fitness I wanted to share a fun one with you all.

Back in April I went to a Fitness and Training Forum and got the opportunity to take 6 different classes. One that I wanted to take on bootcamps was full by the time I registered so I got put in a class called “Feral Fit.” All I knew going into this was that we’d be outside.

This Feral Fit was first on my agenda so at 8am the leaders, group and I left the complex and started running to a nearby park. The park was only 1 block away but we traveled through the parking lot, around buildings and over ramps to get there. It was random and fun.

The basis that I got from Feral Fitness is fun fitness. It reminds me of playing when I was a kid outside. We set up different stations for each group to go through, kinds of like circuits. We did things like jumping from rock to rock, climbing and hanging in trees, bear crawling up and down a hill (bear crawling down a hill backwards is harder than I thought it would be!), jumping up, onto, over and holding yourself on the walls. We had rope tug wars going on and a rope for “pull ups” hanging from a tree.

It turned out to be the most fun class I took that day. Everyone was having fun and learning a lot, but you were still getting a great workout in.

The leaders also covered Feral Food, Feral Family, Feral Fun and Feral Focus, but Feral Fitness was by far my favorite.

It is super easy to incorporate fun exercise like this into your routine – especially is you are a home work outer like me. Equipment? You don’t really need any.

All you have to do is close your eyes and think about when you were a kid outside, maybe barefoot, and what you did for fun. I grew up with 3 brothers and only neighbor boys so play was usually active. We would race each other, crawl through fields, climb trees, jump over things, wrestle, play sports and all sorts of outdoor things.

Okay, so your eyes are closed and you’re picturing what you did. Write them down. Now – next time you are outside in your backyard or at a park try one of them out… maybe you army crawl across the grass or swing on the monkey bars. It’s just one more way to stay active and have fun with it. If you’re nervous about being kid-ish take a friend with you and have them move around with you (it’s more fun with someone there anyways!).

Here are a few things I like to add to my workouts at a nearby park:

– monkey bar swings with oblique crunches
– stair crawls and sprints
– wall jumps (jump with either 1 foot or both feet from the ground to a low wall)
– tree branch jump ups (holding 2 branches jump into a pull up – unless you’re super strong just do pull ups!)

Qs~

1. What kid-ish outside activities did you come up with? A few of mine are above.

2. Are you a home work outer or do you go to a gym? I don’t belong to a gym so I work out at home – it’s so much easier for me to not make excuses when my gym is right in front of me!

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Nicole C July 19, 2010 at 10:28 am

These are fun ideas! I really enjoy the circuit training that I did while in a boot camp class at a local rec center. I am much more into different stations so I don’t get bored and your ideas fit well with that thought. I should think like you ‘no excuses at my home gym’ Now I just need to not be lazy.

Thanks for sharing your ideas!

lisaou11 July 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I love working out like that. It’s nice to be able to just be free and be outside and not feel like a slave to the gym. How about the exercise you do with a partner…can’t even think of the name. Where one person gets in a push up position and the other grabs your feet and you walk on your hands and have races with other partners?? Those are fun!

GetHealthyWithHeather July 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I forgot about those! I think they’re called wheelbarrows right?

lisaou11 July 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm

yes! that’s it!

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