I’m enjoying having a lot more time than I have ever had before and have been trying out more activities as well as exploring the local area and meeting new faces. I’m still trying to find an adequate replacement for my beloved field hockey so I have been trying new things.
I’m still regularly doing a hot yoga class and pilates, which is quickly becoming one of my favourite things along with swimming. Somehow a hot room is really soothing and each session I come out feeling like I could take on the world. Every Wednesday I sleep like a baby and wake up refreshed and stretched. I find signing myself up for a course, or a class means I’m far less likely to put it off. It’s also been great to go to new places and meet some like minded sports nuts.
I used to go to a zumba class in my local village, having tried a few out I enjoyed the loud music and crazy funness. I liked jumping around like a loon in the town hall whilst being watched by very old oil paintings, it was certainly an interesting fusion of the old and modern. My old class was really good and always left me with a smile on my face. There’s a studio here so I thought I’d give it a go. Now there’s always a few people who just take it too seriously. Never will Zumba clothing look good. Ever. But aside from the neon, the crazy flailing of arms there’s usually some recognisable dance moves and some fun music. I’m not convinced yet of my new class but its keeping me warm and certainly giving my brain a good workout – so much concentration.
When I signed up to this class I didn’t really know what it meant, but the description said the class did a different thing each week so I figured I’d give it a go in the hopes I’d meet some more people and not get bored of a repetitive exercise class. So far this has been a surprise winner, each week we do a mix of random things, step aerobics, TRX, weights, dance, stretching and other random exercises. I’m loving it, especially as it’s so varied and I’m learning lots of new things I didn’t even know were exercises.
Now I hate the gym, but I tried out going for a run on the treadmill in place of my usual weekly run. For me half the point of going for a run is to get some fresh air, however as an asthmatic, running in freezing temperatures is quite a challenge, not to mention the snow. Its rather offputing, and running in it is slushy and cold and a lot more hard work. So with a heavy heart I gave running on the treadmill a go so I could still remember how to move my legs once spring arrives. It wasn’t so bad, I’d still rather be outside but its nice to have a plan B.
Hockey on ice skates…. what could go wrong? I’ve signed myself up to a short adult introduction to ice hockey course, which could be an awesome new sport, or it could all go horribly wrong. I’m looking forward to seeing if I like it, especially having watched a game. Only time will tell..