Thursday, January 17, 2013

Health and working out

I recently got a free 30 day membership to a gym. It was a promotion they had on their site, so I thought why not give it a go. I have managed to go 3 times this week, which is good. My preference would be 5 times, but I did my dance class 3 times this week too, so I am happy with that.

I am down to a size I am really happy with. I love my curves. My main focus is fitness and toning up. Today, I had a personal trainer go over the weights and things with me. As we did it, she was surprised. She'd set the weight to begin with and it was so light for me, we had to make it a lot heavier before I felt it.

"Wow, you actually have strength!" She said, surprised.
"Um, yeah? What do you mean?" I replied.
"Well, most women start here" (she pointed to the 2nd hole on the machine) "You're here" (5th hole). "That is strength! It is so good to have someone come in who is already strong."

I blushed. I didn't think I was weak, but didn't consider myself strong. As I did my circuit I watched the few other women who came over and used the equipment too. Not to make myself feel better then them, but to see if the PT was telling the truth.

She was.

I'm fortunate that I knew how to do the weights, had already been dancing for 8 weeks, so had built some strength, but still felt like I was lacking.

I started at over 100kgs after the birth of my 2nd daughter. I am down to 72.5kgs and feel so much better, but I am nowhere near as fit as I want to be. One of my goals was to be able to run 5k. Currently I can do about 1 - 2km depending on how much I have done the day before. My plan is by the time this membership is up, I will be running 5k.

I want to do fun runs. I want to eventually run a marathon, but one step at a time.

One issue I have with exercise is this:

My face gets red so quickly. Within 5 minutes of running, I end up matching my top! I have been this way since I was a kid and no, I don't have blood pressure problems or anything. I'm just special!

So far, I have not had this issue as much in dance. I am loving dance and my whole body aches afterwards. I feel like my body gets such a work out when I dance and I tone up quicker doing dance than I have ever going to the gym.

My current workout plan is:
Dance 3 - 5 times a week (it depends on how often I can get someone to look after my kids and when they are with their dad)
Gym 5 times a week - they have a creche for the kids I can use and I can use the gym 3 times when my kids are with their dad.

It might seem like a lot, but I am not going from no exercise to a lot. I have been working out in some form since September because I have wanted to get fit. Now I am stepping it up and really focusing. I have never focused or enjoyed working out as much as I am right now.

What exercise do you love?

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