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Good morrow all! Hope you've had good weeks. Let us know if you've had any successes with new activities or tweaks on old ones...

My new thing for this week has been doing some strength activities with 1kg weights. Followed a circuit online of different lifts and have done that (5 different things at 20 reps each) 3 times each night. Can feel a difference in the muscle tone and strength of arms already, so will definitely be keeping that going.

Have also upped activity at gym, trainer has given me a new routine so it's all a bit crippling at the moment, but it's such a good feeling when you get to the stage where it's ok and you think back to how knackered you were after the first attempt!

So there is one more week to go with this challenge - if you haven't managed to try something new yet then this is the week to give it a go! Good luck!

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  • Good Morning BadlyDrawnBadger 😊 And well done on your circuit training and gym sessions, I know exactly what you mean about seeing the progress πŸ˜ŠπŸ…πŸŽ‰πŸ˜Š

    Thats my cold finally away so I had a much better week exercise wise.

    My something different was the new 30 minute cardio routine I tried to start 3 weeks ago but this week I achieved it 6 times 😊 It incorporates stretches, (I use wrist weights) dance, exercise bike and cool down. I do lots of different things to my favourite 70's disco music. I finally feel back to my pre-hysterectomy fitness, a long hard 10 months but I'm feeling really optimistic 😊

    I've also managed 2 yoga sessions and can really feel the difference in my back 😊 I bought a Pilates DVD but have only used it once, 3 weeks ago, so hope to try that again this week.

    And if course, lots of time in my Green Gym 😊 A whole afternoon last Saturday 😊 First time in almost a year that I have been fit and able to 😊

    Life is good 😊 Keep Up the good work everybody

  • Well done on the cardio routine, I love 60's and 70's music fantastic to move to πŸ˜† I've never tried yoga, I'm not sure I'm that flexible 😱

    Sounds like you are enjoying your green gym as much as I am 🌷🌲🐝

    Have a lovely week xx

  • I've been doing yoga for years and I'm not very flexible. you don't need to be flexible - you build up flexibility. It is a question of finding the right class and teacher that helps you to work within your limits and you discover that gradually you can do more and more. It is really important to use props like blocks, cushions or blankets to get the most out of the postures for you and not to force it. I've spoken to very fit people who when they have started yoga have been shocked by how difficult it is - they are flexible but it takes other strengths than those runners and cyclists are used to. To quote my yoga teacher - we are all beginners.

  • I prefer to work out at home but I have done a class and also have experienced friends who have helped me 😊 The beauty of yoga is it doesn't matter how flexible you are, as long you are doing as much as you can within your own abilities 😊

  • Thank you GuinevereBlueEyes and Anna61 I may have to see if I can find a local class xx

  • That's great Anna - really good to hear so much positive stuff! I keep hovering around going to a yoga or Pilates class at my gym but haven't actually booked in to one yet. I should take my own advice really shouldn't I?!

  • Hi BadlyDrawnBadger well done on the weights sounds like you are doing amazingly well with your trainer, I must admit some days I still feel knackered but determined not to give up.

    I think I missed last week's post 😒 but I've kept up the small weights (still a struggle) not ventured up to the kettle works yet but that is my eventual goal.

    Something new I can now lay concrete πŸ˜‚πŸ˜± (not sure if this qualifies)

    Haven't even though about the coming week, hubby has decided to share his germs with me, I now have a sore throat and a massive headache 😷😒

    Hope you all have a fantastic week πŸ˜† xx

  • Laying concrete is mega exercise Katmt 😊 Surely counts as HIIT , weights and strength training 😊

    I was told (although I'm no expert) more reps of a lighter weight is better than pushing it with too heavy weights? Advice anyone?

    But get well soon, that's your priority 😊

  • Haha! Winning at concrete! πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼 And also - what a useful skill...I need to up my DIY game! πŸ˜†

    Kettle bells are a killer - I went to a class years ago when I used to be much fitter than now and still ended up on the floor in the foetal position!! But great goal to have - I'm sure if you don't go full pelt and end up dead (like some idiots...πŸ™„) they're a brilliant way of getting fit and building muscle.

  • Hi Badge, I ve started ballroom dancing classes 1 to 1, 3 weeks ago, the idea to motivate me, exercise wise, ive started the waltz, foxtrot, cha cha cha, and if I want to keep going, I need to train up, learn to skip again, and much much more, and keep dancing around to the music gets the breathing going ect, taking it steady I have 5 stone to lose, 1 lb at a time eh, hopeless dancer, but beginning to do my homework, from the book of ballroom, the step/dance/movement pattern of each dance, there is more to it than I realised,(with Paula, instructor) and is a big challenge for me, at 68.:)

  • I also go dancing but sadly only once a month πŸ˜• I love it 😊

    Enjoy

  • Yay! That's ace! And no doubt loads of fun. And great to have that 1to1 attention.

    Absolutely 1lb at a time. Every ounce counts!

  • Well I have been dusting off my Wii fitness discs and doing 30 mins of activity. Started using 1.4kg hand weights as directed by Wii fitness programme. i have bought a reistance tube though not used it yet but some of the NHS 10mins exercise regimes use it. I plan to do 1 week of Wii My Fitness Coach then a week of the NHS strength & flex exercises to cover the strength parts of the exercise, whilst the cardio bits I will do a mix of very brisk walking, Wii zumb, Wii My Fitness Coach cardio and Wii dance 3.

    I feel i cannot include my walk from the car into walk because I now easily do it in 5 mins instead of 10mins- which is good in one way it shows I am getting fitter but does reduce the days when I can do any exercise that is measureable!

    This week I have focused on strength exercises but plan to do a 5m walk tomorrow

  • Sounds like a very well-organised plan! I think that's often half the battle - if you make a plan it can't turn into "I'll do that tomorrow!"

    Enjoy your walk tomorrow, hope the weather is good for you!

  • I'm good at planning its following through that is sometimes a problem- reading a good book often distracts me!

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