Erica: week 1
So, a week into my new exercise regime and I'm feeling pretty happy to be honest. Ok, so exercising before work was something I'd previously thought was only for those crazy people that didn't like a lie-in but I've surprised myself (and most of my family and friends who know I'm definitely NOT a morning person!) Actually, now I'm getting into the routine I've found it a really good way of ensuring that I actually get some exercise into my day. My journey into work is normally over an hour each way so after a long day in the office it can be difficult to find an available class or drag myself into a gym, when a catch up with friends or the chance to relax in front of the TV is there to tempt me. That's why an exercise dvd in the comfort of my own living room is just perfect. I can fit it around my daily routine and work out when it suits me.
With my boyfriend banished to another room (or even better, out of the house entirely on his way to work) I have been able to work my way through all of the sections of the '10 minute solutions: Rapid Results Fat Burner' dvd in my own time and space. Even the language used to describe the segments is energetic (phrases like fat blaster, extreme intervals and cardio max) and from the start I was totally fired up. I started off on Saturday morning with the idea that I'd work through all 5 of the sections. I thought this would sound really good to boast about my plans to the other girls in the office but secretly thought I'd probably crack after two! But the way the exercises are organised means that just when I thought I was about to give up, the sections changed to something a little less challenging to give me enough time to rest, or a new segment to refresh me. On the whole it has all gone very well. I've managed to work my way through the entire workout 3 times this week without giving in although this morning was a little harder. I managed 30 minutes before giving up but as it's the end of a long week I'm trying not to be hard on myself. It's still much better than not exercising at all.
There was one point in the first session when my boyfriend called downstairs to see if I was ok, only to be answered by my fits of giggles as I worked my way through one of the routines. Now I remember, its my lack of co-ordination and inability to remember a series of movements that has left me feeling embarrassed in aerobics classes in the past. But, after a few stumbles, and accidentally crashing into furniture during my first workout, I feel that I am gradually getting better. And it definitely feels like a workout. Who would have thought such short segments would leave you feeling so hot and bothered! I've felt the benefits afterwards as well. That gentle ache that lets you know you've done a workout, but not so much that I can barely walk! I'm looking forward to carrying on next week.
Katie's update: 'Day 5, and three gym sessions already under my belt! My aches and pains have started to die down too but I'm definitely looking forward to a day off tomorrow!'
Lyndsey's update: 'Shock horror: I dragged myself out of bed at 6am today for an early-morning Spinning class – and actually enjoyed it! Is this the start of a whole new me?!'
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