I’ve been putting it off for too long, but I feel like I can’t keep ignoring it any more.
It’s time to start exercising again!
Before I had my children I was a regular at the LC2 here in Swansea, doing several classes a week and working out on my own in their lovely gym. I really enjoyed it too. I liked the social aspect of meeting up with my friends and taking a class together. We used to do a hip hop dance class that was great fun!
I think I also loved the feel-good factor, all those endorphins whizzing round my body post-workout, because I also used to exercise at home.
I had quite the collection of fitness dvds, along with a few games for the wii, which I would work out to in the living room of our flat (our downstairs neighbour must’ve love me!).
But then, I fell pregnant. And it all just sort of stopped.
I carried on exercising a little bit to start with, but then just trailed off. And then the mayhem of having a newborn hit and it all went completely out the window.
Over the last 5 years I have done some exercise here and there. Every so often I’ll break out one of my old dvds but I haven’t built up any kind of routine, or stuck with it for any length of time.
But now, I think it’s time.
I’ve had a fitbit for almost a year now and that’s been a huge motivator for me, making me aware on a daily basis how much (or how little!) I’m actually moving about, and I have lost a little bit of weight just through making an effort to walk more every day. But I think it’s time to step things up a bit, and add in some other exercise to try and shift the last of my baby weight and tone up a little bit.
As luck would have it, at about the time I started thinking about all this, I had an email from Hey Workout asking if I’d like to check out their online fitness classes. Perfect timing!
With Hey Workout you pay a monthly fee (which is far less than I used to pay for my gym membership) and then you can access live workouts and a large selection of pre-recorded workouts.
The live workouts are fab if they work with your schedule, because you can share your webcam with the instructor (if you want to) and get feedback from them on your technique, which is really useful if you’re quite new to the moves and aren’t sure if you’re getting it quite right.
If you can’t make it to a live class then the recorded ones are a fab alternative and there are quite a few to chose from so you won’t get bored at all!
I’ve only done one class so far, a lower body workout, but I really enjoyed it. The instructor was great, really encouraging and she explained the workout well, and even though it was only a 30 minute class I REALLY felt it the next day.
Now I just need to take a look at my calendar and see when I can fit in a couple of classes each week, and I have a bit of research to do for a few posts that I think will help me get back into the habit of exercising and blast through any excuses I might come up with if I’m a bit lacking in motivation some weeks!
I’ll be posting an update part way through my 3 month challenge, and again at the end, so if you’re interested in seeing how I get on and my thoughts on what Hey Workout have to offer then please do come back and find out!