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#MyWellbeing || Exercise Routine

I was that kid that hated any form of physical activity growing up. Hated it. Each year at school we’d have to run the mile and that would be one of the tests used to divide our year into 4 groups based on ability. Whenever the PE instructor’s back was turned, I’d slow down from my very easy jog to a straight-up walk. I loathed PE and resented the fact that we were expected to take part in organised sports. I think it was the academic system’s push to make us interested in a sport that put the kibosh on exercising for me.

Which isn’t to say that I was a lazy sloth. I actually swam competitively throughout school (100m back stroke was my preferred event) and I actual letter in Varsity swimming. Plus I did a lot of dance. But I’d roll my eyes and shoot eye daggers at you if you asked me to run/catch a ball/kick a ball/fake cheer for team spirit. 

I ended my swimming career: after high school unless you have Olympic aspirations (yea right), I didn’t really see the point in swimming for a university. I did continue to dance and even spent time in a professional company. It was then that I started doing yoga. Layer that with lots of dance classes at drama school, topped with more yoga classes and a lot of Alexander technique. I became a fully-fledged yoga supported. 

I try to attend at least one class a week (rotating through Vinyasa Flow, gentle Hatha, an energetic Ashtanga if I’m feeling peppy – and my favourite – a women’s only class.). I follow up with self-practice (mostly youtube video led) a few nights a week. If you’d like to get started doing some yoga at home, here are some yoga postures to get you started.

And much to the surprise of 16 year old me, I’ve found a tolerance for running. I’d never say that I loved running. But I know I need some cardio and I like being outside. Plus, I may have mentioned before, but I’m running the Great North Run this year so I’m training for my first half marathon. (I’m running for charity, on the behalf of Beat, and I’d love if you could donate to Beat for the run.) 

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  • I distinctly remember as a child that I was on the basketball team (whatever that means at 8) and hated it mostly because of the running haha I discovered yoga through acting classes and looove it! This reminds me I have to sign up for weekly dance and yoga classes πŸ™‚

    • I wish I had found a way for younger me to connect with exercise. Obviously I understand the value of physical education at school, but it could have been more fun and aimed at kids who aren’t naturally athletically inclined… x

  • I am missing my morning exercises, I have a Wii Fit and use it to exercise each morning and two days ago the remote stopped working so till I get a new remote I am unable to use it

    • Some of my family have a Wii Fit and they love it! I’ve never had a go on one but it looks like so much fun! X

  • When I was in school I didn’t like PE, because it was boring to me. I used to do figure skating competitively and did many other sports on the side like dance, swimming, baseball, football, so school sports wasn’t really my thing. I got first introduced to yoga there and I thought I would never like it. Now, I love yoga! I guess it was just the wrong type of yoga for me that they were teaching us in school πŸ˜€ I especially like vinyasa flow!

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    • Oh wow- what was it like to do figure skating? Do you miss it or so you still go skating in the winter? X

      • I really miss it, so after a 10 year break I started skating again this winter and it’s still great! πŸ™‚

  • I’m the same – hated all exercise in school! I love yoga now and have been getting really into weight lifting as it’s been so satisfying to see the results!

    • I feel like so many people have had that experience! There has to be a better way to get kids to exercise in school but not turn them off from it at the same time! X

  • Love it Amanda! I think our fitness journeys are identical aha. I swam competitively when I was younger but poo-pooed all other team/organized sport. I did a lot of ballet and jazz as well for the sake of the theater! And now I’m a yoga teacher and intermittent runner (I did a half marathon a couple years ago and run shorter distances nowadays, trying to get back into it!). Good luck training for your race!! Are you going to do more wellbeing posts? I’ve been thinking of starting my own series lately!

    • Yes- it sounds like nearly identical experiences! What was it about team sports that got you down? (I was rubbish at having that competitive hive mind mentality. I was just too non plussed) xx

  • I reluctantly started exercising about a year or two ago. I aim for 5 x 30 minutes sessions per week and focus on a mix of cardio, weight training and a touch of Pilates if I fancy a good s-t-r-e-t-c-h. I couldn’t believe it when I actually started to enjoy it and see/feel the benefits. I also really notice the difference in my mood is I miss more than 2 days in a row. Exercise works – who the hell knew?

    • Hahah totally, right? Though I still haven’t progressed enough to ever have enough endorphins to have a “runners high” but hopefully that will kick in, right? X

      • Still unsure about the ‘high’ – this usually happens way after my work-out when I’m sitting down with a glass of red in my hand! x

  • At least your school actually separated people based on ability! We were forced to play dodge ball with members of the first XV. I have a whole post in drafts about school PE bullshit. I used to do a lot of yoga and even tried a bit of Pilates once. I’ve been thinking of getting back to it because I just feel so STIFF and not at all flexible. Blogging is not good for getting me off the couch! πŸ˜‰

    • Blogging is terrible for physical health. As is Netflix. Basically the two things i love the most. PE is the offing worst! Why do schools have to make exercising so awful?! True story: my best friend and I use to go and sit in fields and “tan” in the middle of soccer games/softball games/ etc while everyone else was running around us and the PE teacher literally gave up on us. x

  • Christi Mazzei

    All that talk of the mile and PE groups really brought back memories… πŸ™‚ ugh!! We all hated it so much. So glad you’ve found yoga and running! Wishing you the best, Christi

    • Haha, but you’re actually super athletically talented! 6th grade PE was especially bad! Hope you all have a very happy Easter!

  • Miu

    I can’t believe students all over the world are being punished with these kinds of running tests! πŸ˜‰ Only for us it was set 12 minutes and we had to try and run as far as possible.

  • Love the yoga kit! Yay for running training, I still don’t particularly enjoy it really, but hey ho, the Plymouth half marathon is this Sunday so technically, I’ll never have to run again if I don’t want to after it! πŸ˜‰ Alice xxx

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    • Do you think you will run more after it’s over? Or will you cut yourself a bit of slack now? x

      • I think I will, as I love that you can do it anywhere, at any time, and it’s free, but I don’t love running, there are many other forms of exercise I prefer! xxx