Getting back onto the fitness bandwagon

So earlier this year I actually did something I never thought I would and jumped on the exercise bandwagon – and not just for a few weeks, but for around three months I actually kept up a pretty intense exercise routine. I started in April by signing up to try out Barry’s Bootcamp by doing the Academy (five days a week, for a month – at 7.15am…ouch) and I absolutely loved it. I gave myself May ‘off’ of Barry’s by just going for runs – including signing up to do the British 10k thanks to the folks at Sweaty Betty. Then I signed up for Barry’s Academy again in June – and again, loved it – despite it being insanely early and insanely tough. The results are well worth the effort. I then went on to run my first 10k in July and for a variety of reasons, mostly down to my own perception of always being too tired (ignoring the fact that exercise actually gives me MORE energy) and never having time (I have to prioritise exercise…which I never do) I have royally fallen off the exercise bandwagon and gotten back into my bad habits…including back drinking diet coke too regularly and not watching my diet very well (need more veg, less carbs).

So, with this in context – I was set a challenge by Sure to try out their new Compressed version of the classic product by taking on a self-improvement challenge. With the idea of getting outside of your comfort zone and trying something new. One of the options being dance classes…so I thought this would be a perfect way to haul myself back onto the exercise bandwagon and put me through my paces…so to speak!

The new Sure Compressed is perfect for this fitness challenge, as I’m not a huge fan of having to lug a giant gym bag all over London with me – so at half the size of the regular 150ml can I get all the same sweat-stopping benefits, but with less bulk. Other benefits include: 17% better dryness protection so might be mini in size but still does a fab job! The smaller size also means it lasts just as long as the larger sized cans as the molecules are just compressed into a smaller space, not actually reduced in quantity.

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So with that in mind I am tomorrow heading down to Pineapple Dance Studios (secretly hoping I bump into Louie Spence) to sign up for a dance class and see how a) my fitness levels have plummeted back to their shockingly poor levels and b) see if the new Sure Compressed can hold up against me shaking my ‘thang’ and probably being very embarrassed at my lack of coordination and rhythm!

The plan is to mostly try street dance/hip hop type styles over the next month whilst I have membership but I’m considering trying a ballet class or two whilst I’m at it – to see if perhaps I missed my calling as a prima ballerina earlier in life. I suspect not, but willing to give it a go!

So I have my snazzy new trainers courtesy of JD Sports,* I have my sports kit (not sure I feel good about wearing lycra again) and the little can of Sure… I will report back in a week or so as to how I get on and how trying something different and hopefully more fun might get me back into the fitness thing as much as I dearly need to (I have a wedding dress I need to look my best in next year!)

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  1. October 11, 2013 / 7:05 am

    Good luck 🙂 Finding an exercise you actually enjoy will make it not feel like a chore so try new things! 🙂

  2. alice
    October 11, 2013 / 11:02 am

    I did really well at excercising at the beginning of this year too, but after a couple of months I got back into my old ways and I realised this month that I regained all the weight I’d lost. So I’m jumping back on the bandwagon with you!! This post gave me a bit of motivation this morning to think “If someone else can do it, why can’t I?”, so thank you!
    Let us know how you get on!
    Also, I use the Sue compressed deoderants and I love them! They last so long and actually work. Be careful of white marks with them though!

    Alice x

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