Actually this title is inaccurate – I’m not getting back on the treadmill again… I don’t like the gym and don’t have any intention of going there. To use the machines, anyway. But I am looking to get back into doing exercise.
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I really enjoy Zumba classes so I’ve been trialling a few in the local area recently. I’ve found it quite difficult to find classes nearby at a decent time – my working day starts early so finishes quite early too. I’m back home by 5pm and prefer to go to a class as soon as possible. If the class is too late, I’m likely to get in and want to stay put (especially in winter) so the earlier the better. Most classes I’ve found that I’m interested in are at about 7 or 8pm which is way too late!
I recently went to a Zumba class on a Saturday morning at a leisure centre on the edge of Brighton. It started at about 9am so still allowed for a decent enough lie in (I’m up anytime between 5am and 6am on a weekday so on a Saturday I’m lucky if I’m still asleep at 8.30am!). It was quite a small class though so I felt a bit self-conscious about myself, but it was fun. The only thing about it being a Saturday is that I won’t always be around as I sometimes go away at the weekends. And now my little niece has been born I’m going to make more effort to go up to visit her more often,
So that’s on the occasional/maybe pile.
Last week I found another class – not strictly a Zumba one though. It’s called FitMix and is a blend of Zumba, aerobics and step aerobics, all three classes I love! The location and timing is perfect too, it’s at 5.45 at a primary school only a three minute walk away! It’s a bit of a slower pace than I’m used to but it did also include a load of exercises on mats at the end – push ups, sit ups etc and I could definitely feel it in my legs the next day.
This class reminded me how much I used to enjoy step aerobics classes. I think the reason I like group classes so much, and especially Zumba and step aerobics, is because I really love dancing and it’s a way of making exercise fun without feeling like you’re doing it for the sake of exercise. It’s especially funny when you, or someone else, gets the routines wrong.
I’ve been thinking about starting to run round my local park again but I lack the motivation when it’s cold and dark in the mornings (I feel like this every winter) – so maybe in the spring!
I’ve also enquired about joining the Brighton roller derby team… I’ll probably live to regret it when I break my legs but it seems so exciting! I should maybe check out refresher roller-skating classes first as I suspect my skills from when I was 10 years old may have diminished a little.
Is anyone else trying any new exercise classes or sports?