My tips for getting into exercise (especially if you hate it!)


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One hour is 4% of your day

Up until about 8 months ago I did no exercise. I used to ride my bike for 2 hours a day when I lived further away from work but that was only for a year. When I moved into Zone 1 that cycling got cut down to around 20 mins a day max, which is definitely not enough!

I’ve been told to exercise by doctors loads of times for my mental probz, but every time I tried, or joined a gym (and wasted £100’s) I ended up having a huge panic attack and leaving. The adrenaline was too similar a feeling to anxiety for me so I just gave up.

Even though I have a healthy BMI and am totally normal weight wise, last year I started to feel like I’d put on weight/lost muscle tone? Which felt uncomfortable. Sitting in front of a computer all day for 40+ hours a week for over 3 years will do that to you. Yes, it’s true that your metabolism will go to shit the more sedentary your life becomes. #fail

Both of those things combined, I suppose I felt motivated to give it another go. However, with a previous hatred of gyms in my not-so-far-away past I decided to try something else…

There is a rather ‘cool looking’ (sorry – wait while I cringe at myself..) dance/fitness studio near my flat called Frame which has a lot of fun sounding classes. From boxing, dancing, trampolining (or re-bounding as the exercise people call it) to weird stretching circuit type stuff, I made the scary decision to give a couple of them a go. I liked the idea of classes and I thought it looked less intimidating than a gym in there: see second photo above.

Anyway! Without giving you a full life story of the past 8 months, I actually started to like exercise. Like some sort of Christmas miracle.

It started as once a week (yep, I was dying for at least a month – so unfit), then twice weekly, then three times a week. Which then meant joining a gym was more economical, and also made me an Official Exercise Person…

These are my tips & things I’ve learned:

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A little rainy French trip to Dieppe & Rouen


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This weekend me and Henry went on a trip to Dieppe and Rouen, both in France. We took an overnight ferry with his parents from Newhaven. The sea was REALLY rough – nobody was sick but oh god it was an experience trying to sleep in a weird cabin being chucked around your little bed! The ferry arrived to Dieppe around 8am, luckily we didn’t sink or hit an iceberg… So it was on our way to the hotel! (Which FYI had Christmas decorations still up?!). 1 hour of napping later we drove to Rouen…
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