Being a mum of toddlers, it is very easy to forget how to give yourself time. If you are not working, you are playing, cleaning, cooking… (the list goes on). After 2 years of being at the ‘bottom of the list’ and yearning for some normality (oh and not to mention the waistline becoming an embarrassing number on the tape measure!) I decided I needed a gear change:
- More time for me to have some space from being ‘mum’
- Feel healthy (and try to maintain it)
- Get fit
So when life:lab announced its lunch:BOX sessions I put my name down not knowing what to expect… all I knew is that I needed to do something to kick-start my lifestyle change.
I’m not a member of life:lab, but have been to have a look around before. Being over ambitious I decided to run there from the High Street (about 1 mile). Let’s not forget that I haven’t exercised in quite some time!
I nervously entered the building and was automatically put at ease by the staff who made me feel welcome, that I wasn’t ‘out of place’ (often a misconception when going to the gym). I was swept along… heart rate monitor CHECK, boxing tape wrapped around knuckles CHECK, nervous smile CHECK.
The class was a mix of members and non-members and 2 instructors who were very clear on what we were getting ourselves in for- a mix of HIIT (high intensity interval training) and boxing.
The session was 45 minutes with 2 minute intervals of set exercises. The exercises were easy to pick-up, but really made you work hard! You can go at your own pace in these sessions and there is no pressure at all. I went all in working my heart rate monitor… just thinking of the tape measure results going down one squat and one punch and a time.
The session went really quickly, I think the intervals helped with that. I was exhausted but felt AMAZING. Not only were the muscles in my body resonating, but also I had an overwhelming sense of achievement… I did it, I broke the spell. I can do this and it’s thanks to life:lab for the nudge I needed.
[Post workout ‘glow’… face more like the colour of beetroot soup!]
A few things to say about life:lab:
- it’s not your ‘average gym’, the set-up there makes the experience feel personal and not at all intimidating
- they run group based sessions and you are always in contact with a personal trainer during the sessions
- the lunch:BOX sessions are running all through September, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm (booking needed) and are open to members and non-members
- if you want to have a look around before you go, you can. Just contact them to arrange a time that suits.
I’ve signed myself up to the next session… if I can do it, anyone can!
Original article: www.visitchislehurst.org.uk/kick-start-i-needed-first-session-lifelab