I have been wanting to write this post for the past few weeks but something about the extremely cliched swarm of conventional New Year health, diet and fitness resolutions made me hesitant. I didn’t want to write a post that would seem as though I was just jumping on the New Year health bandwagon and besides, you may know that I don’t really subscribe to the ‘New Year New Me’ concept. None the less, the turn of the year did leave me thinking about what I want to achieve in terms of fitness for the next few months.
During the summer of 2015, you may know that I made the decision to run a half marathon. I both loved it and hated it simultaneously and it was probably the most challenging thing I have ever put myself through; I certainly learnt a lot about myself and running. Afterwards, I was determined to sign up to another ASAP but the lure of hibernation during the winter months was just too appealing. As the days got shorter, I found that I lost interest in the idea of intense and long training sessions.
I still haven’t really gotten back that half marathon bug although I do hope to complete another in the next couple of years or so. Instead there are other things that I want to try. I am really keen to prioritise being active and ensure that it is a key part of my lifestyle. I always feel great after exercise and I really want to feel fit and healthy. I wanted to start writing a Fitness series (hence the ‘#1’ in the title of the post) so that I can write about what I get up to this year.
I googled ‘alternative ways to get fit in Manchester’ when I moved in here and quite a few interesting things came up, including trampolining at Jump Nation. I did a little research and decided I had to try it. Since going along to my first trampolining fitness session in the New Year I haven’t looked back. It is honestly one of the funnest things I have ever done in my life! Not even exaggerating. I think I just grinned for the entirety of my first session. You feel just like a little kid again. The best thing, you really are putting yourself through an intense whole body workout. We work on all aspects of the body, from different jumping styles to squats, lunges, burpees, press ups and core work. I couldn’t recommend it more!
Just a few days ago, a group of friends and I signed up to Born Survivor in April. Looking at the website again after having booked it I am not entirely sure what I have let myself in for. The phrase ‘ultimate military obstacle course’ kind of scares me! I think it will be pretty tough but also so so much fun. We’ve got a little team together and I think that the emphasis is more on getting through it as a group rather than getting the fastest time… well I hope that is the case anyway. I have zero upper body strength for all of these so called ‘military style obstacles’ so we will see how it goes but I feel as though it is one of those ‘bucket list’ types of things that everyone should do!
After toying with the idea of joining a gym, I finally decided to do it. I wasn’t sure whether it was something I wanted to do but not that I have signed up to Born Survivor I think I want to try out some resistance training. I think that the price is pretty good and I really enjoy the classes too so in the end I decided to go for it.
I am really keen to try out some dance classes in Manchester. I need to do a bit more research into this but it is purely something that I really enjoy doing. Watch this space!