My Fit Week

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Monday

Head to the gym. Monday is definitely a gym day; after the weekend where you’ve perhaps had your cheat day, or you’ve been out drinking more alcohol than your liver knows what do with, Monday is a good day to work of some of that in a sweat. I don’t know about you, but I find that if I start my week feeling healthy, it generally means I’ll be more prone to keep it up for the rest of the week.

Tuesday

On Tuesday it’s time to kick start the martial arts for the week. The gym, in conjunction with Lancaster University’s Judo Society, offers Judo classes on a Tuesday night. If Judo isn’t your thing, other classes offered on a Tuesday include Kettlebells or Spin (not for the faint hearted.) If you want something a bit more fun, there’s also a Zumba class on offer. Classes are a great way to get fit if just hitting the cardio room is not your idea of fun. Sometimes it’s difficult to stay motivated if you have to design your own exercise programme, so doing a class is a great way to burn calories without the added aggro!

Wednesday

I usually have Wednesday as my rest day. Rest days are just as important as the days where you work out because they give your muscles the opportunity to recover. By not having rest days you run the risk of injuring yourself as your body doesn’t have time to catch up with the fact you’re putting extra pressure on your joints, ligaments and tendons during the days that you are exercising. Even Olympic athletes have rest days. If you don’t want to have today as your rest day, perhaps try out the trim trail around campus, or just go for a brisk walk if you don’t feel like hitting the exercise hard.

Thursday

More martial arts for me today. The gym offers a beginners and an advanced class on a Thursday evening. It’s great because it offers you a chance to do a hard cardio workout and learn something in the process. One of the reasons I love this class so much is that it’s a skill you can build upon. Other classes available on Thursday include Full Body Tone or Legs, Bums and Tums. There’s plenty to choose from.

Friday

Seems like the perfect day to go for a swim! The gym has a great swimming pool as well as a sauna and a steam room to take advantage of. Each day they have different times that the pool is open to students so check before your head down there. The sauna and the steam room are great as well. The first time I went swimming in about two years I forgot how hard it was if you’re actually trying! Therefore it was really nice just to go and relax afterwards in the sauna.

Saturday & Sunday

I’m not going to dictate to you what you should do with your weekend, but classes offered include Kickboxing, Submission Grappling, Power Hour or Bootcamp. Aside from the classes, you could try hitting the weights room, do some High Intensity Training, or if you’re feeling really brave, you could always go and try Crossfit at the gym in town…