Between weekend braais, evening wine nights with your friends or just lounging around, it's easy to lose sight of the importance of year-round fitness.
However, getting fit and staying in shape, there really isn’t one type of exercise that is the best, as some exercises can be damaging if not done correctly or with an instructor.
So, the team at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa emphasise that the most important thing is do what you love to do!
One of the simplest ways to get fit outdoors is walking, and doing so on a regular basis can improve your health and get that blood flowing.
It really is a great form of exercise as it is low impact, and doesn’t hurt those joints and muscles. Try a “walk out” for 10 minutes of brisk walking three times a day for five days and see how much better you feel. The picturesque grounds at Granny Mouse could be your starting point, and not forgetting the fresh “Midlands air”!
For those who are a little more adventurous, take a hike in the Midlands as the walking trails will definitely build muscle, help clear the cobwebs from your brain and get you breathing in fresh oxygen. You will so enjoy the routes, as well as the sights and sounds of nature. It’s always better done with friends, so, get your takkies on and bring a group with you to enjoy and have fun. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!
Another suggestion ( for the adventurous) is taking a bike ride, as that is certainly a total body workout. If you don’t have a bike of your own, there are so many spots where you can rent one. Should you choose riding a bike on the road, ensure you have the reflective gear and don’t forget to obey the rules of the road – rather be safe than sorry. There are loads of off-road trails in the countryside which are way more enjoyable than hitting the tar.
For the slighter fitter crew, do a trail run, and enjoy a scenic calm environment. The trails will no doubt have a few hills which will provide a full body toning experience.
Yoga is also a great outdoor exercise activity that can challenge the body and ease the mind. Doing yoga outside takes away the controlled environment that you can often get from an indoor class. After which you can hop into the “Mouse House” pool.
This takes us to the next exercise option - swimming. It’s a great way to get in touch with nature, challenge the body with an all-over workout and cool down.
Last but not least, have you thought about taking a horse ride? It’s a fantastic exercise that strengthens your core muscles (bit of Pilates there), improves one’s heart rate and it works those legs and arms. It really is an efficient way to exercise, and of course have great fun while improving your posture!
Remember, regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on one’s mental health, so, get off the couch, head up to the Midlands where you can have the best time while getting fit and living life to the fullest.
To find out more about horse riding and nearby trails, let the team from Granny Mouse guide you at www.grannymouse.co.za