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.
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.