I didn’t do the ‘diet and fitness’ resolution exactly, this year. What I resolved to do was to find some exercise I actually enjoy, and stick to it.
The obvious solution would be to do some kind of class. So I asked around a bit. Nicola Marsh has been saying for ages how fab Zumba is. Julie Leto suggested Jazzercise (I liked the sound of that, but sadly the nearest class to me is a half-hour drive away). My neighbour suggested going to Salsa classes with DH (I liked the idea of that, too, but I couldn’t talk him into it).
So, classes. I used to love Step classes in my ratrace days (I did two or three lunchtime classes a week, back then). Then I did Aquafit for a while (switching to the antenatal version when I was pregnant with son).
However, all the morning classes near me (whatever sort they are) don’t start until mid-morning, and I know I’d just faff about until it was time to leave for class instead of working, so it’d be a wasted morning. Then I’d feel guilty about not doing any work, and that’d defeat the object of having a healthy mind in a healthy body.
How about going to the gym? Hmm. I’m not really into weights and machines. (I own a decent treadmill. When it was still in my office, I, um, used it as an extra bookshelf. DH has moved it and occasionally uses it, but when it’s too hot or too cold or… You get the picture. Not used.)
How about doing an exercise DVD? Yeah. I have some of those, too. Somewhere in the house. (Maybe in the attic?)
But then… we all know what I like. Tecchie stuff. Toys. (Yes, I still love my iPad and want to marry it.) I used to enjoy Wii Fit, but to be honest the gaps while you have to ‘wait and watch, then repeat the action’ are a bit tedious, and you can’t fast-forward it to actually doing the stuff. So I fell off that wagon, too.
But my son had been talking about Project Natal. It was a system with a sensor that meant you controlled an X-box game with your body movements. I loved the sound of it, but was it going to live up to the promise? And, more to the point, would a fitness program work?
Well, I talked myself into it last week and bought Kinect (aka Project Natal), along with a fitness program (Your Shape Evolved – at the moment, well… I’m that blue blob below. Hopefully I will evolve into something a bit more twiglike. And I think wearing leggings rather than wide-leg trousers might improve my tracker skeleton a bit!).
It’s great. You really can control the program by movements - stretch your arm out, and your hand appears on the screen. (There's also a kind of negative image in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen showing you in the play area. The dog looks way cool there.)
There’s also a place to play, too. And you can do multi-player. There’s a light-stepping game (a bit like a dance mat, really - only one flaw here, i.e. you can't put your own music as the playlist, but the ambient stuff isn't that annoying); and a game where you do cross-body punches and kicks to break ‘boxes’. (See right. That one’s really good when the revisions aren’t going so well and you need a break. As good as kneading dough, but without the pain of trying to resist carbs once the bread is out of the oven, if you know what I mean!)
So I think I might just have found some exercise I enjoy doing – and I love the tecchy element of it!
What’s your favourite form of exercise? And does it inspire you to work?
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