Climbing and new activities

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As is always the case with a move, or a new season of life, our daily routines change to fit with our lifestyles. Before we moved I tried out lots of different activities and had settled into a routine that I enjoyed and suited me well. Since moving that’s all gone up in the air, so I’m back to trying out some new things and building a routine that fits with where I am now.

One of the activities Kiwi and I were keen to try out was some rock climbing. There are lots of routes in the canyons that are fairly close to the city, with advanced and beginner routes, we enjoyed trying out a few routes. Its hard work but I’ve enjoyed the mental challenge of scrambling up a rock face. The shoes aren’t so fun.

Whilst summer is still here I’ve been enjoying using the outdoor pool. There are several here so I’ve tried a few. One of my favourite is the pool built for the winter Olympics, mostly as it’s a large outdoor 50m pool.

We have also been enjoying going for walks, and exploring the local mountains and neighbourhoods. I’ve taken up running again – slowly as the altitude is a killer. To help keep away injury I’ve been regularly doing some pilates to keep my limbs stretched and happy.

I’ve also been taking advantage of some free yoga sessions aorund the city, my favourite so far – on the library rooftop! And I’ve tried some aerial yoga. This is odd, once past the motion sickness I’m quite enjoying floating around in a large hammock and learning some aerial skills. It’s harder than it looks but it’s always good to try something new.

Lastly I’ve been delighted to be able to pick up my hockey stick again! One of the first things I did when we moved was to look up any field hockey teams, and I found one that plays each week, friendly knock about’s with whoever is available. Its been great to run around and play again. Whilst the seasons will change again and I’m not quite into a routine yet it’s been fun to try out some different things again.

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Cross fit and pilates

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Its been great that the weather has warmed up lots and I’ve had chance to get outside and do a spot of paddle boarding. We recently went Kayaking on the river which was also excellent, and with the help of factor 75! I didn’t get sunburnt! Its been great to get outside for some exercise even though I’ve been slacking on my pilates. Continue reading

Activities and fitness

SO working in the sports industry I’m a total believer that there is a sport or activity out there for everyone! Even the people who hated PE at school who say they aren’t ‘sporty’ there is an activity out there for you I promise! Moving and being active is not just good for you its pretty much necessary, but finding a way to move that fits with you is essential.

I’m a big believer in active travel, because you have to go to work – so if you can combine your travel with exercise then you are less likely to choose the sofa instead. I also think activates should be fun, you should finish wanting to do more.

I’ve never been a member of a gym, for me its too dull. I play field hockey and have for the last decade or so, I swim, I very occasionally run and I do pilates. As I’m not currently travelling to work and there inst any good hockey over here I’m shaking things up a little and taking time to try some new activities and let my poor hips recover after far too many years of running around an astro.

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TRX I gave this class a go as I figured why not, it wasn’t entirely for me, but it was brilliant at quick sharp exercises that really gave you a good workout. The idea is that you use some stretch ‘bands’ that hang from the ceiling. With this you can do a series of high intensity interval exercises, like squats and presses whilst being able to change your resistance and body position. Some of the moves are fun as you hang off the ropes, some are really challenging, if you like HIIT or Crossfit this class is for you!

Barre – I have mixed feelings about this class. I’ve been meaning to give it a try for some time, its a yoga/pilates/ballet infusion, I expected more ‘dance’ inspired moves and stretching, the class I tried was an ’embrace the burn’ kind in a heated room. We did a LOT of squats and plies and some movements with a ball which looked so simple but were so difficult this class is great if you like to sweat, and enjoy a more traditional class with a twist.

Kiwi and I signed up to 10 weeks of partner Latin dance this has been great fun and good brain exercise! Kiwi and I have now learnt the very basic steps to tango, cha cha, jive, and several other dances. This has been so much fun and I’m sad to hang ubymy dancing shoes for the moment, its also been great fun to take a class together.

Now its gettig  cold I’m on the hunt for a pair of ice skates and to try out some of the local rinks – there’s a few to choose from. I’ve looked for a figure skating class as this sounds fun. For next year I’m looking at some Zumba classes and Ariel hoop which sounds beyond exciting!

I’m still doing pilates – I love it, and have signed up to a hot yoga class which is awesome. You tend to do some stretchy bits and some flow/hatha yoga in a very warm room. Its strangely relaxing although at times challenging, and I always come out feeling a million times better.

Swimming -luckily there is a pool nearby so I’m still getting a morning swim in although the pool is pretty chilly, I’ve been playing around with swimming routines so any recs comment below!

In the run up to Christmas its been great to try out a few new classes and get into a new routine, no doubt there will be some new trends in the New Year.