Adventuring into a New Exercise Routine with Off the Eaten Path and Chiara Pellegrino

03 October 2017

As we get older, it's so easy to slip away from the fitness realms. We worry about 'not fitting in', 'not being young or hip enough' or not being able to find something we are able to do, or enjoy, OR can afford!! 

But that shouldn't be the case. Exercise should be about adventuring down a new path - one that makes both our bodies and minds happy. That no matter what age or fitness level we are, there are exercises which will truly benefit us. 

I was lucky enough to be invited to a barre class with personal trainer, fitness instructor and lifestyle coach Chiara Pellegrino who has teamed up with new vegetable snack Off The Eaten Path, to encourage the nation to step away from the mundane and be adventurous with our exercise routines and to find something that we truly love. Whether that's grabbing a friend for a long afternoon walk, or signing up solo to a new class there is always something new and exciting to do. 

Chiara has always been one of my #fitspo inspirations. She is a bundle of energy and joy and always dedicated herself to encouraging others around her that no matter what their age, to get up, try something new and to be adventurous with their fitness programmes. 

"Age is irrelevant when it comes to trying different exercises" Chiara chants while we are stretching for the class, her smile beaming. 

She carries on by saying that: "I can assure you that I can find it just as uninspiring being at the gym sometimes, and that's why I am constantly looking for new classes, such as a barre class and exercises which are slightly more adventurous."

Photo Credit: Off The Eaten Path and Anna Rachel Photography
Sticking to a routine is 10x easier when you enjoy it. But it's just as easy to get stuck in an uninspiring rut and to feel unmotivated to go... So why not try something outside of your comfort zone once in a while in a new and inspiring way to ensure that we are feeling good. When you're active, endorphins are released which make our bodies feel fantastic. 

Chiara finishes the class by commenting that she is: "So delighted to have teamed up with Off The Eaten Path on this project - the brand new, and delicious snack has been made with real vegetables created with the free-spirited and adventurers alike. Perfect for those who prefer to discover the path less travelled, and the absolute perfect snack to refuel after a fitness class"

We were all able to tuck into some gorgeous Off The Eaten Path snacks after the barre class, with my favourite being the Sour Cream and Black Pepper Chips and we even got some extra to take away with are now my go-to snack whenever I'm on the go. 

Chiara even kindly shared with us her top 5 tips for adventuring into a new fitness routine:

1.     Pick an activity you enjoy.
If you do not like the exercise you are doing, it is hard to keep it up. Think about the activities you enjoy the most, like walking, exercising with a video, dancing, biking, or taking a class. If you are already active, think about what types of activity sounds fun to experience. Kayaking or rock climbing … It’s time to let your adventurous self-come out!

3. Start slowly
If you have never been active and you want to start with 1 hour a day every day - Its unlikely that will work and you will burn out very quickly.

Start with 30 minutes of exercise per day, 2/3 days a week. Make sure you warm up and cool down properly every time to avoid injuries that could lead you off track. Add a daily 15-minute walk during your lunch break or after dinner.

2. BE ADVENTUROUS!
Try a new activity each day, even things that you never considered you would be good at, like dancing or gardening to find out what you enjoy most. There are more and more fitness boutiques opening in London with new and fun class formats. Get adventurous and explore different things each week.

3. Make it social
You can make your fitness schedule an excuse to be more social! Involve your friends in physical activity to have fun, spend quality time together, and stay on track.

Meet a friend for workouts or to book together such as a charity walk or jog, that you need training for. Join a class or sports club where people count on you to show up.

4. Reward yourself
Set goals for yourself on a regular basis and reward yourself for hitting them! Think of rewards that may motivate you to do even more, like taking a relaxing hot bath or shower, enjoying a snack such as Off The Eaten Path, joining a new exercise class or getting yourself new active wear. Or just having tasty snacks to hand every time to refuel after your workout.

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