Ways of Staying Fit
As you know, we’ve recently had some public unrest in London – a lot of stealing, damaged property and many buildings set ablaze. One of the things the rioters really had an issue with was my local Nuffield fitness centre, down in Norbury. I am still trying to think what was it so “appalling” about a place where people of all colours and nations go to work out, swim and relief their daily stress levels. Obviously something in this equation stirred them up and they just decided to burn the damn place down.
I mean, we’re not talking about a government building, a Council office or God knows what other official place that the rioters could have destroyed as a sign of protest for their tough lives, or whatever. No sir! Among others like JJB Sports and computer stores, the Nuffield fitness centre was “the evil of all evils”. A place that imminently demanded tearing down. Now that the centre is closed for refurbishments for at least 3-4 months, we can sleep better at night. “The evil” has been defeated.
All jokes aside, in order to train in the gym, I would have to travel almost an hour to a neighbouring Nuffield branch. Which is not doable, having a part-time job and a toddler to look after. Days are getting shorter, windier and rainier in London, so running in the park is not really an option; unless you love running up against gusts of wind and cold showers. So I had to rethink my strategy, feeling kinda guilty for just sitting on my behind on the grounds that I had nowhere to train.
After thinking and rethinking my fitness routine strategy for getting that hot summer body we’re all secretly dreaming about (yes, yes, I know. Some of you lucky ones already have it and you don’t even have to work that hard!), here is how my workout sessions will look like in the next weeks and months:
1. I caved in and took my friends’advise and got myself the new Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis series. I’ve been hearing about the wonders of her method for a long time now. So I figured it was time to see it for myself. I resisted trying it out for a long time, because part of her workout is a dance cardio session. And I am not big on dancing. I wish I was, but I am as gracious as a beached whale. Seems that I have two left feet, I miss most of the steps and my arms flap aimlessly like the wings of a dying bird tumbling down from the sky.
Nevertheless, I tried her mat workout a couple of times and I love it. At first it seems easy, but after the 100th repetition, of an arm or leg lift you literally feel you’re going to break down and sob like a kid who’s toys have been taken away from.
So ladies and gents, 3 days ago I started Tracy’s Metamorphosis 90-day program. So far I’ve managed to go through the first 15 minutes of the cardio and the full mat workout and feel I might have a chance at actually completing it, if only I disciplined myself. The music she’s dancing to is upbeat trance. When I feel I can’t jump anymore, I just close my eyes, pretend is 2004 again and I am dancing in one of the London clubs like Brixton Academy or Camden Palace, to the rhythms of Tiesto, Armin van Buren or Tony de Vit. Tracy says you don’t have to be a dancer to become good at her routine. I really hope I won’t get out of this with a bruised ego.
2. Have you ever heard about a website called YogaGlo? It’s fantastic! It’s basically an online yoga experience in HD video that provides the experience of being in the class at your home. For just 12 quid a month you can have access to various types of yoga classes from beginners’ to more advanced. The advantage over the yoga DVDs is that routines never repeat. You can always choose a new class or new technique to work on.
3. A friend of mine told me about the 8-minute abs workout posted on youtube by the people from Passion 4 Profession. This one is more focused on the abs, but you can find similar workouts for the other parts of the body. She told me she saw a real improvement in her core area after a couple months of doing the routine. As you’re getting better at this, you can move up to level 2 and 3.
So this is it, in a nutshell, my options for keeping fit during the coming winter months. Of course, I wouldn’t rule out a jog in the park when the weather allows it. The other thing I would love to try is dance classes. And then, maybe, just maybe, I will be able to see some slenderness and rhythm in my legs.
How about you? What’s your favourite fitness routine? I look forward to hearing about new, fun and ideally, enjoyable ways of having a slender body.