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is a community member who’s blogging for us about the challenges of getting
back into physical activity after cancer treatment.
Klingons on the starboard bow!
These last ten days have been filled with exercise and
excess eating with the result that I am fitter (cheer) and fatter (boo). I have
enjoyed getting back into some formal exercise following my holiday excesses but
my appetite is out of control! Being able to put lots of green smiley faces in
my Move More diary where there were none the week before has been good too. I
like the smiley faces.
Last week, my ears had had enough. Is it my age, but why
does music have to be so loud?! Either that or my spin teacher is going deaf. I
know it is good to have some thumping music to motivate you but when it makes
your ears ring, the pleasure diminishes somewhat! So since I last wrote, I have
done two spin classes, one with blue paper shoved down my left ear (attractive)and
the second wearing musician’s earplugs which look a bit like this:
And I look a bit like this wearing them:
Well in my dreams
My new challenge for last week was kettlebells. These look
like those old fashioned irons before electricity but round in shape. And you
swing them round in what appears to be a dangerous manner up and down, up and
down, until you get dizzy and your legs get cramp from all the squatting. Then,
after 30 minutes, you lie down (phew) and then pick the damn thing up again to
do abdominal exercises. To say that I looked like I’d been riding a shire horse
for hours when walking round for several days afterwards would be an
understatement. Never again, you ask? NO, I loved it so will be returning for
more torture next week. Might buy a crash helmet just in case.
Then Step – whey hey! I love Step so much I could marry it.
It isn’t the most popular class because folks find the choreography a bit too
challenging but that is half the pleasure, laughing when you get the steps
wrong. As long as you don’t do what I did a few years ago when I fell off my
step, landed on my back and ended up with bruised ribs, which are most painful
I can tell you. Serves me right for being a clumsy oaf. But it is an amazing
cardio workout and makes you sweat profusely. I will be visiting Virgin’s
sister gym in Leeds very soon to try out their step class but need a chum to
come with me. Any offers? Anyone…?
So, my next blog will be my last for Move More. I shall miss
it. Until then, just remember, it’s life Jim but not as we know it.
you need some help getting more physically active during or after cancer
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Thank goodness I live miles from Leeds! I got my feet totally confused just doing straightforward steps up and down during pre-op physio, so the idea of doing it to a blaring beat has me visualising a complete pickle of legs, ankles & feet and a close encounter with the floor.
"Dashing away with the smoothing iron" takes on a whole new meaning now & I can imagine the state of your legs and abs. (are they called abs.? I don't know the current terminology - I'm old ...)
Well I didn't intend to finish so abruptly Julia. I can't believe this is the penultimate blog but Well done you she says, weakly ..
Pickle is a great word for it! And you are forgiven for not living near Leeds. (XXXX) You are one of the queens of housework and that in itself is great exercise so you are doing more than enough and you are definitely not 'weak'.
Thanks for all your support during this effort- it has been very motivational just getting the comments!
The only exercise I get is mucking out Slims box, I think when I was working with horses at the most I used to muck out about twelve boxes each day now that is a proper cardio work out, now the only step I will be on is the norty one.
I have loved both of your blogs ladies, well done ; ))))))
Yes well done to both ladies! It was interesting to see what I should have been doing in move more!
The only way I was intending to challenge myself was to learn to swim, but I kept putting that off but perhaps next year ....
or perhaps the year after ...
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