Week #22 | Workin’ on my fitness

Part of the 52 Week Blog Challenge


This is a sore point! I had such good intentions in January. I joined a gym, I attended several classes (every week) that I really enjoyed… and then I got Norovirus and skipped a few whilst I recovered. Ever since, I’ve been struggling to get back into my energetic routine.

These past two weeks, I’ve truly endeavoured to ‘get back to it’. My day-job is intensely desk-bound and my hobby / primary career goal of being a writer means that most of my free time is spent sitting too, either writing, editing or reading. Unless I want to wheeze every time I run for the bus, I need to do something about my fitness.

Here are the classes / exercises that I try to partake in once a week.

 zumba_class ZUMBA (Cardio)

I’m a TERRIBLE dancer. I have no sense of rhythm or timing and this is well-documented. However, Zumba is just so fun that I simply don’t care. I love dancing, despite being shockingly bad at it, and this class allows me to shake my tail feathers in a fun, fat burning way.

 treadmill THE TREADMILL HOUR (Cardio / Stamina)

Exactly what it says on the tin. I grab some music or download a Netflix show onto my partner’s iPad, and head to the treadmill for a brisk walk / slow jog. I’ve yet to master doing this whilst reading a book or writing a scene for my novel, but I dare to dream.

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BODY COMBAT (Cardio / Self-Defence / Strength)

In my first Body Combat class, I thought I was going to die. For the first five classes, it took two minutes before I demanded of myself why on earth I kept returning to such punishing exercise. The simple fact is: it’s fun. It makes me feel capable and the exercise high I get afterwards (plus the pride of not passing out through exhaustion half-way through) is worth all the pain. And there is pain. Lots of it, for the next three days.

 teaserbox_2464355152 LEGS, BUMS AND TUMS (Core Strength / Toning)

This class focuses on my wobbly bits, which only get more wobbly with every passing day I spend at a computer. I’m pretty sure everyone knows what this class does, seeing as it is a classic for a reason, so I won’t add anything more.



YOGA / PILATES (Balance / Flexibility / Core Strength)

My forward-facing flexibility is shocking. I have chronically short hamstrings, which are so tight I can’t physically sit-up straight with my legs outstretched. I’ve never been able to do this, and it has only worsened through the years. Yoga / Pilates is my way of trying to prevent my limited flexibility from becoming a permanent problem, as well as improving my balance which is just as bad, if not worse. I’ll be honest though… I don’t care for the dreamy “cool down” session at the end of the class.

What kind of exercise do you enjoy
(or, alternatively, try to avoid at all costs)?


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