My motivation to exercise goes in phases.
There’s been times in the past few years i’ve been hitting the gym 3-4 times a week, and then there’s been others where I barely reach 500 steps a day.
The thing is once I start going to the gym and working out properly, I find it really hard to stop. But it works the other way as well. Let’s say I have a week off from exercise because i’m ill or on holiday, I find it almost impossible to get my bum into gear and even lift 1kg above my head.
Last year I went to Greece on holiday. I spent ten whole days on the stunning island of Kefalonia, sunbathing, exploring, and most importantly eating gyros and drinking mojitos.
For a good few months before the trip, I worked crazy hard on my diet and exercise.
I’ve been on so many hot holidays where i’ve not felt at all comfortable in a swim suit, but this time I really wanted to make the most of feeling confident about my body since losing weight. I think this is where my motivation came from, i’d get up every morning at 6am and go to the gym before work. But the thing is I knew how amazing i’d feel if I stuck at it. And honestly, I really did.
Of course that motivation didn’t last forever.
Six months later I still haven’t got my exercise mojo back. I’ll do bits here and there, but there’s not a routine in sight. That was until a couple of weeks ago when a group of us at work decided it would be fun to try Yogalates.
Now if you haven’t heard of Yogalates before, it’s a form of exercise mixing Pilates with the breathing and relaxation of Yoga.
I’ve never tried Yoga OR Pilates, but I have heard there’s some pretty incredible benefits so I was very much up for giving it a go.
Increased flexibility – The basis of all the exercises is stretching, and the more you do the more flexible you become. Each time you repeat a stretch, your body allows you to go a little further.
Weight loss and toning – Like with any kind of exercise, Yogalates can assist with weight loss when combined with a balanced diet. It also works your core muscles, and all muscles around your body for that matter, so can really help with toning up.
Internal massaging – Honestly not as scary as it sounds, it just means that as well as stretching and toning your outer body, yogalates helps to massage and relax your organs and everything inside. This is great for the overall health and wellbeing of everything inside your body.
As well as these benefits Yogalates brings, i’ve also been loving the fact it’s an hour away from screens, in a quiet room, totally relaxed. I’m so aware of the fact I spend the majority of the day looking at my computer or my phone and sometimes that does worry me, so I find this class the perfect time to switch off.
Often when it comes to exercise, I don’t have masses of stamina. I can’t even talk about running without breaking a sweat and becoming asthmatic. But what’s great about this class, is that its a perfect balance of hard work and relaxation. You’ll find yourself working hard to hold a plank one minute, and the next you’ll be lying on the floor focussing on your breathing. It honestly makes doing the plank a lot less hellish.
I’ve been doing the class for a few weeks now and here’s what I’ve noticed:
My body feels bloody fantastic. For a good few days after the class, I can feel my body has been worked. But it’s not in a painful way at all, it’s loose, and my muscles are engaged and I love that feeling. I’m also more flexible. OK … this may sound ridiculous but when i’m driving home afterwards, I always notice how far my head can turn round to look at cars in another lane. A completely ludicrous realisation I know, but that’s just how I measure things.
I’m sleeping better. For a couple of weeks recently i’ve been having a bit of trouble sleeping and unfortunately I think it comes down to the fact i’m not giving myself chance to switch off. I’m putting so much time into my blog and everything else which I am absolutely loving, but I think it’s been effecting my sleep. Yogalates does two things for my sleep; it tires me out because i’m actually getting active, but also it relaxes me. I feel amazing afterwards and always sleep so well. My body knows it’s being taken care of.
I’m definitely going to be carrying on with this class, so i’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
I’d love to hear which classes you guys go to, so let me know!