Getting Fit and Feeling Fabulous

In response to my rather depressing post, earlier this week, I am now celebrating the fact that the temperature rose and it rained significantly yesterday so all the yucky ice and snow has gone and I am reunited with my beloved Tank! This means that I have been able to resume my fitness regime with some zeal today, after a rather dull encounter with my EA Sports Active game yesterday, which hasn’t been quite as enjoyable since I joined my lovely gym!

I loves my Tank

This morning the sun was shining brightly, so I donned my neon headband, jumped on The Tank and headed out to the gym. I went to a combined aerobics and tone class, which is a 45 minute session. I really like the classes that this particular instructor does. Her routines are different in absolutely every single class, and so as a relative beginner at this gym I am usually concentrating so hard on getting the routine that I don’t realise how sweaty I’m getting, or how quickly the time flies! She’s also really positive, giving everyone in the room compliments on how well we’re doing, how great everyone looks and how hard everyone’s working. When it comes to exercise, I definitely thrive the best on positive reinforcement! After 30 minutes of aerobics – building the routine, then going through it a few times and then speeding up, we moved on to toning. This was a combination of different floor exercises this week, to work legs, bums and tums. Sometimes we do some arm work with weights as well, but not this time. She worked us really hard and my calves are aching now, but it was definitely worth it!

I managed to fit in a bit of grocery shopping on the way home and had an extremely pleasant cycle up the hill, along the cycle lane in the sun. After feeling so trapped and down last week because the ice and snow was really debilitating to me, today was a great remedy and lifted my mood immeasurably. I just love the freedom that having the Tank gives me. Walking is fine, and getting the bus can be OK, I suppose, but having a bike really allows you to get out in the fresh air and go where you want, when you want.

I will of course by commuting by bike for my five working days this week, plus I’ll be in on Saturday too, so lots of routine cycling to do. Hubby has also bought something off Ebay that needs collecting from 10 miles away, so that’s a 2 hour round trip for us one evening as well. Plus I am planning aerobics on Tuesday, a swim with my friend on Wednesday, and probably the awesome 90 minute yoga class on Friday afternoon. And I can’t wait! Last November, I would never have believed I would become a ‘gym bunny’, or indeed quit smoking and get fit, but it just goes to show that if you get into the habit of doing a bit of exercise here and a bit there, it soon becomes second nature – in fact I feel lost without it!

This is my post for the Get Fit, Feel Epic competition that I saw on The Black Pearl Blog. This giveaway is sponsored by MoneySupermarket.com, and out of the prizes in particular I am sooooooo keen to win the FitBit – I’d love to be able to track the impact of my gym sessions with more precision and actually monitor the improvement in my fitness. FitBit also links up with MyFitnessPal free app which I already use, so it would be perfect! 

Hope my post has inspired you to get out there and feel epic for yourselves!


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0 thoughts on “Getting Fit and Feeling Fabulous

  • I go to an independent gym just outside Leicester city centre. They are reasonably priced and a smidge less intimidating than some of the big chain gyms I think!

  • What gym do you go to? Ive a list of gyms to visit before i commit (from the bargain Gym in town to Nuffield health) and im going by recommendations.
    Ooh and good luck with the fitbit, theyre ace


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