This month Fitness First challenged us to “super charge” our health and fitness goals in honour of Australian Fitness week (7-14 April). They even kicked in a little monetary contribution to help us along – and immediately I knew what my ‘super charges’ would be.
First – I would finally work up the courage to sign up for the Canberra Half Marathon.
The entry email reminder had been sitting in my in-box literally for months, taunting me, luring me to enter. So enter I did – and even managed the fastest Half Marathon I’ve ever run.
But second – I would get out and try a different fitness activity.
One that I had previously been so in love with (when I was younger), but had sadly forgotten about as the years passed by. And, to share the super charge love, I took my nieces along for the ride.
For my second super charge activity??? Horse-riding!
Over the Easter weekend, we headed out to a local horse riding centre, and got kitted up for an hour trail ride.
I was introduced to the lovely (but a little stubborn) “Woody”, who was a gentle old horse – and thankfully quite forgiving with his “haven't-ridden-for-years” rider.
Blessed with a gorgeous Canberra morning, with sunny skies and a hint of warmth in the air, we meandered down some nearby trails - even managing a few trots and a canter along the way.
I cannot express how much I loved every moment of this ride. Memories of trail riding with my dad when I was growing up came flooding back, when we would head out for hours and enjoy the beauty of the bush around us. A packed lunch in the saddle bags, and my favourite ‘borrowed’ horse “Blacky”.
And I must say – sentimentality aside - this last ride was also quite the workout. I could feel the burn in my legs for days!
So thankyou to Fitness First – for encouraging me to supercharge my fitness in two magnificent ways. A run to beat all runs – and a rekindling of a favourite past time.
What’s on at Fitness First?
Be sure to check out the Fitness First website and FB Page for all the recent happenings and upcoming events! They are constantly offering new ad innovative ways to get active and involved in healthy and fitness – like the #nolazyfriends campaign!
What about you? How have you supercharged your health or fitness lately?