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Day 16: Surprising sunny sunday

Happy Sunday everyone 🙂

I am writing this early  for once while watching an already pretty exciting Wimbledon Men’s final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic . It is shaping up to be an interesting game even though it is only 20 mins in! This is the reason I am inside on what seems to be the hottest day of the year when there are 20 people in my garden playing silly 1990s funhouse style games with gunge and foam. Neither of these things are the surprising thing about today however.

Having come to the conclusion that neither watching tennis or taking photographs of gungy games counted as todays exercise (although the photographing involve a lot of walking) I decided to do a Pilates class. Now this was the surprise! I have always been somewhat skeptical about Pilates and yoga and such like leaning more towards the heavy lifting, leaping around forms of exercise but people have been telling me for a while that is it good to be balanced (shhh! I know what you are thinking…I am not all that balanced). So I decided that after yeserday’s mammoth PT session something different was in order, so I took a step out of my comfort zone and got myself along to the local pilates class. I have never been to this type of class before and I was even somewhat nervous, but I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I was expecting a class full of impossibly skinny flexible lycra clad women, but when I got there, it turns out that the class was full of real normal people rather than stereotypes…that was surprise number one. Surprise number 2 was that people were welcoming and friendly and didn’t glare at me in the style of the heavy lifting men. The biggest surprise of all was how much I enjoyed the class and how effective it was! There was a lot of concentrating on appropriate spine alignment and keeping strong core muscles, and every movement needed you to keep this in order to get the most out of them. It took quite a lot of concentration, and moves that seemed easy at first glance actually, with all the breathing and core alignment and such, was really tricky to get right. All in all the stretching and strengthening nature of this class seems to be very beneficial. I can really see it doing me some good and I can quite see this forming a part of my weekly work out schedule.

Day 16 complete 🙂 and the first new experience of the challenge is a success!

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