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So it’s half-term week and I thought that I’d use the extra time to increase the amount of exercise I’m doing. I’ve already taken part in my first parkrun event and now tonight I’m going to step things up another gear with a new Zumba class.
If you’ve never tried Zumba before, you ought to find a class and give it a go. It is a dance-based exercise class based on Latin/Salsa/Merengue/Cha Cha dance steps. It’s great fun and a great work out that’s easy to adapt for different fitness levels. I used to regularly attend Zumba classes at my old gym. However, on joining my current gym they didn’t run any at a time to suit me. But now they’ve started a new class and it’s on right before the Body Pump class I’ve been attending for the past 6/7 weeks.
I didn’t want to give up the Body Pump class as Mr FFF has been enjoying going to that with me, but I do really want to take up Zumba again. So I’ve decided to go to both. This will not only earn me more activity points and boost my weight loss, but it will also increase my stamina and overall cardio fitness. And I’m pretty certain to sleep well tonight!
Wish me luck!
Despite it being the first day of the half term holidays yesterday, I dragged my weary backside out of bed and went and took part in my first parkrun event in a bid to help me move more and boost my weight loss.
The weather had been shocking over the previous 24hours with howling wind and rain. I’d been half hoping that the rain was going to be torrential as there’s no way I was going to attempt it in that weather. But the other half of me really wanted to have a go and I found myself lying in bed yesterday morning, listening to the very strong winds and hoping that the rain held off. It did mainly: there were a couple of showers but I was already at the park by then.
My main aim for the run this week was to actually do it and not be bothered if I didn’t manage to run all the way around as I’ve not run properly in several years. However, when we got there, I decided that as I’m reasonably fit and can cope with 45min spinning classes, there was no reason why I shouldn’t be able to run all the way round if I paced myself. So I went for it and was delighted with my time of 33min 12sec.
What was even more surprising was that I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait for next week’s run!
Parkrun events are free and held all over the world. If you fancy taking part why not checkout http://www.parkrun.com/ or http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
Well, I’ve taken the plunge. In an effort to bank a few more activity points prior to going out with my work mates on Saturday night, I’ve registered for parkrun and plan to take part in my first one this Saturday morning!
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If you’ve never heard of it before, parkrun is an organisation that arranges free, 5km runs across the country (and indeed the world!) every week. Your time is recorded and logged online so that you can track how you’re improving.
I must say, I’m a little apprehensive: I’ve never been a massive fan of running and I haven’t run at all since September. And even then I was only doing 1 mile daily. However, I’m reasonably fit and I hope that being in competition with myself will help to spur me on to make this a weekly occurrence and so give my exercise and weight loss a boost.
PS – If you’re interested in taking part in a parkrun event, take a look at their website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/