Entry 204 – #howigetfit with Decathlon

How do you get fit?  Everyone knows the sports retailer Decathlon right?  Regardless of what sport you take part in you can almost certainly find some part of your kit here.

Decathlon have a passion for sport and their main mission is to make sport accessible to as many people as they can and encourage active lifestyles.

Having an active lifestyle myself I often find myself in Decathlon for any number of reasons whether it be for kit for obstacle racing, running, swimming or cycling (there’s loads more on offer too, I am just thinking of things I regularly do myself).

As my fitness journey continues I find I have more active wear at home than I do normal clothes and the workout accessories around the house is growing also, which is a good thing (despite possibly needing an extra room in my house to accommodate this stuff).

What I love about Decathlon is that they have such an extensive range, all so reasonably priced and good quality too.  If it can withstand the obstacles, mud and water I regularly use them on then I am sold!

I have ended up with a training schedule that I follow on a weekly basis that will include varied gym workouts and differs depending on what events I have planned but it generally will include:

  • cycling
  • running
  • obstacle training
  • gym sessions

For me having a plan works well as I know what I am doing and when and I find it easier to ensure I have time to get everything done.

I include a lot of photos and videos on my social media with regards to my training and looking a what I do almost all of it is accessible to everyone regardless of whether or not you have access to the same facilities that I do.  What do I mean by this? You can simulate the same sort of training easily elsewhere.  Where there is a will there is a way!

If you are like me I like to just get outside.  I’ve had the benefit of doing some outdoor training that has taught me that you can be really quite creative with your surroundings to get your training in with minimal equipment needed.

Don’t have a bike?  You can use a bike at the gym, most major cities have hire bikes.  Or run, or walk.  It’s amazing how reliant we are on cars and I include myself with that.  I try to cycle commute 2/3 times a week now to ensure I get my training in around my day.  You could also get off your bus or train a stop or two earlier and walk part of the journey or all if you are close enough to do so.

Don’t have access to an obstacle training facility? You can easily simulate a lot of the same training in local parks and woodland – you just need a bit of creativity.  I’ve added videos to my social media where I have worked out with my friend and PT in a forest and used logs instead of weights as an example.  Local parks are also always a great way of practising monkey bars!

Don’t have a gym membership?  Again loads that can be done outside or at home – you don’t need weights or fancy equipment.  At a bootcamp I attended we worked out on a field which had two goal posts and our coach would bring his TRX straps and attach to the goalposts – such an awesome idea and I have done the same myself both outside and at home too.

I haven’t always been active but it is now part of my every day life and I don’t look back.  I have a full time job and family (including a dog) so always on the lookout for ways to incorporate working out into my busy days.  I am an early bird so always prefer an early morning workout and find it sets me up so well for the rest of the day.  The dog will come with me when I run so I can kill two birds with one stone as it were and I get my run in and she gets her exercise too.

My husband trains a lot also and currently is doing so for Ironman Marbella 70.3 and Ironman Italy later in the year and so in order to ensure we still get some time together we can make some of our days together fit around our training – like an active date!

I find even if I can fit in a short workout I feel so much better for it and recently shared a pic with a quote ‘make yourself a priority, at the end of the day you are your longest commitment’  and its so true.

I also like to make it fun – if it is no fun then what’s the point?

The photos I have used in this post demonstrate some of my training and all wearing Decathlon kit which you can find here (and all of which I recommend!):

Just a little sample of #howigetfit with Decathlon.

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