How I am planning to be more active in 2018

I have a confession to make. In the recent months I haven’t been as active as I feel I should be. It’s been challenging for various reasons but the main one was definitely the fact that I haven’t had my own space to exercise at home. That’s just because I am currently living with my future in-laws which is just a temporary measure until we move house which I hope will be very soon!

I know excuses are not good and if you really want to do it, you will find a way but I’ve been still struggling. The major set back for me was that I cannot control which days I am able to exercise at home as it all revolves around other people (and whether they are in the house or not).

Before I moved to Manchester I used to cycle to work or at least exercise at home and walk a lot. I was not limited in any way. But when you live with others and share space everything changes.

Ok, so I’ve been doing long walks, whenever possible but with almost constant rain in Manchester, these walks are now happening less often. And over festive season I just had an excuse not to exercise, just because it was Christmas! I admit, I became a little bit lazy. No wonder this has resulted in weight gain.

Now it’s 2018 and I want things to change very quickly. We will be moving house soon so I will have my freedom back and I will be able to do whatever exercise I want in the house and whenever I want it. I am already thinking how things will change and cannot wait.

In terms of fitness I am thinking of doing lots of different things to improve the current situation and just so that I really commit myself to these changes, I decided to share my goals and plans publicly on my blog. So here are some of the ideas on how I am going to be more active in 2018:

1. Home exercises

I will have a house to myself so no excuses about exercising at home! I think changing the time of exercise will help a lot. At the moment I am doing it at lunch at (whenever I can) but moving that to the first thing in the morning will be better as once the day starts it’s easy to get caught up in various activities and find excuses as to why you cannot exercise on that day.

I am currently using 7 Minute Workout app for my home exercises and I will continue to use that but probably I will try a few different routines. I like these workouts because they are quick and you workout all your muscles. I normally do about 15-20 minutes of these exercises. However, if I feel I want to spice things up I will turn to YouTube to try something different.

7 minute workout app

2. Daily walks

I really need to start walking every single day like I used to. Somehow I got out of the habit and I blame Manchester terrible weather. 

I still go for walks but not as often and I want to change this. Also if it rains, I just have to get an umbrella and deal with it.

I think lunchtimes will be perfect for these walks. Up to 30 minutes will do. This will be perfect for getting a nice break from the desk and clearing my mind.

3. Do something different

It may get boring doing the same exercises all the time so I also want to try something different. I really want to use Pay As You Gym once in a while, just to get me out of the house (I work from home) and mingle with others. This will also give me an opportunity to do different types of exercise, such as rowing, and challenge different muscle groups.

I know that hiring a qualified personal trainer would make me more productive and motivated in the gym but as I am not planning to go often I will leave this option for now and see whether I could attend some classes instead. However, if this option works for you then personal trainers who have taken this course really are the best in the industry, especially if you’re looking to improve in specific areas such as strength training and post exercise nutrition. 


4. Hiking

I love hiking but last year I haven’t really done much of it as my focus was somewhere else (doing my driving licence, moving house, etc.). But this year I want things to be different. However, if I want anything to change I need to start doing some planning. I need to be prepared for that rare sunny day at the weekend. So I will do some research trying to find various walking routes in my local area and hiking trails not far from my home. I will find all the information online and make a list so that it’s ready when I need it. I will also visit a local library to see whether they have any maps showing the nearest hiking trails.

Thorpe Cloud hill
Thorpe Cloud hill near the river Dove

5. Cycling

Cycling is another outdoor activity which I love but I love it even more when I can cycle in a warmer weather with fresh and clean air surrounding me.

I am not going to deny it, cycling abroad is much better than cycling in the UK (mostly because of the weather). We previously visited Mallorca for this reason and it was so much fun! This year I would like to go abroad again for more cycling adventures as last year we didn’t get to do much of it. Visiting Mallorca again would be lovely but I will see what other cycling destinations we could also visit. I just cannot wait for the weather to get warmer!

Alcudia old town
Alcudia old town

So these are some of my ideas on how I am going to be more active in 2018. Do you have any similar plans? Are you going to up your game in 2018?


  1. My fitness plans are very similar to yours, Petra, I mostly walk and cycle. But not right now, as I have a really bad cold, and I know a lot of people are poorly with it this winter. As soon as I’m better, though, I’ll be out and about, regardless of the weather! x

    1. That’s the spirit Elaine! I’ve read somewhere that being outdoors is actually supposed to improve your immune system. Hopefully you feel better soon. If you get colds every year, I recommend adding some supplements to your health regime, here is just some of them that you could try: I am lucky I haven’t had a fully developed cold in years. If I get some sniffles I just fight them off with Bee Prepared and some other supplements.

  2. These are some great ideas. I walk my dog a few times a day but I need to add a bit more to my mix.

    1. Owning a dog is so good for you as you HAVE to get out! I think doing some bodyweight exercises would also be beneficial.

  3. I know what you mean but I love all the activities you’re suggesting, they are great and outdoors is always great. I do love combinining outdoors with some indoor exercising too. Good luck with your plans in 2018. Have a great weekend. Kirsten x

    1. Great to hear we like the same activities, and yes, outdoors is definitely the best! Only if the weather was better in the UK… Thank you Kirsten, have a great weekend too!

  4. Some great plans there! This is an interesting year for me, since I’m turning 50 at the end of it, and want to do so in as good a shape as possible. I will be doing my usual 150 gym sessions but am aiming to incorporate more weightlifting/toning work into that. I also have a FitBit and do 12k steps a day, but I missed about 6 days in 2017 so I’d like to hit my steps target every day in 2018.

    1. Weightlifting sounds like a great idea, it’s supposed to be really good for your bones and metabolism. I think your fitness plan is really good, probably better than mine! I think I really need to work on walking more.

  5. Sounds like a plan, the best of luck with it! I’ll start in the spring, since I allow myself hibernation mode for winters 🙂

  6. I found that the being around others help. Maybe going to a class and meeting other people who are looking to stay active.

    1. I like that idea too. I think when you are around others you have more motivation to exercise and you get to push yourself more. I will see what classes I can find in my local area.

  7. Great list, walking is so underrated…good reminder that its a good way to keep active, get fresh air….and it’s free.