The Lazy Person’s Guide to Trying Something New (Fitness Classes – Cycling)

Fitness Classes scare me almost as much as my Art Gallery experiences.  But like many instances in life, the fear factor comes from the unknown.  Hence, the first visit is by far the scariest.  So…… here it is – the good, bad and the ugly of cycling classes for first time adventurers!

GOOD

  • It burns a lot of energy!  One of the better classes for cardio fitness.  You will definitely feel the endorphins -the riveting I have truly worked out and can eat five bowls of pasta right now kind of feeling.
  • It is fun.  Please note that this is quite a significant statement as I am not the type of person to put fun and exercise in the same sentence.  The instructors take you on a simulated bike ride, through commentaries such as, ‘Imagine you are ridding on a flat, neighbourhood road to the corner coffee shop.’ (Although this can sometimes provoke unkind thoughts from me, such as puhlease can you not be so happy!)  I truly don’t know how the instructors can do such an exhausting ride, talk at the same time and still have a smile on their face.  Respect.

BAD

  • It really illuminates for me how unfit I am.
  • Don’t expect to look anything like your normal self after the class.  Think bright red face, sticky hair, and aroma punity (a term coined by my friend).  Definitely not the time to meet your crush.

TIPS

  • When the instructor asks at the beginning of the class whether anyone is here for the first time- say YES!  Don’t sit there feeling shy and thinking, uh, surely I can catch on.  Afterall, how hard can bike-riding be!  WRONG.  You want all the help you can get with setting up your bike and any explanation as to why you look silly at times.
  • Get to class early.  You want sufficient time to set up the bike.  Trust me, you want your bike to be comfortable……otherwise it’s going to be one painful hour and yonder.
  • Throughout the class, you will be asked to turn up the ‘juice’ – which is a rather strange term for turning up the resistance.  Now, for the lazy ones out there (aka me), you may be tempted to not turn up the resistance to make life easier for yourself.  WRONG AGAIN.  When you are going up the hill (ie. when the instructor shouts, ‘up’! and everyone rides standing up), you will be grateful for resistance….because otherwise you will fall off the bike.
  • Bring a water bottle and sweat towel – you will need it.

If you have any other tips or comments, please let me know.  I’m all ears!

Too Lazy To…….Be Healthy (Part 1 Breakfast and Cereals)

It is intuitive to most people why it is desirable to be healthy!  We want to live longer.  We want to have more energy.  We want to look better.  We want to feel good….etc, etc, etc.

However, healthy living is one of the hardest things to stick to as a ‘grown-up’.  Ever noticed how much easier it was as a kid to eat well, sleep on time, and exercise!  One of the main reasons is that there were no other options!  There were only so many sports classes you can skip, and only so many times you can get away with reading in bed past your bedtime before parentals found out.

The key to incorporating healthy living into your routine as an adult is to set half-hearted goals which you complete full-heartedly.  What I mean is that instead of wanting to improve all parts of your life at once, just focus on one part and work incrementally.  The problem with most healthy-living plans is that they require you to live as a ‘perfect person’ for two full weeks up to a month or more.  I don’t know about you, but I usually last about 2 days…. and once I ‘stuff up’ by eating a chocolate bar on the 3rd day, I give up on the whole plan and feel worse than when I started 😦

Healthy living involves both eating well and participating in regular exercise.  If you’re lazy like me, it’s easier to improve on the eating well first.  And if eating well three times a day proves to be too difficult, try focusing on breakfast.

1. Don’t skip breakfast.  (Obvious I know.  Plan it, Eat it)

2. Read the labels on your breakfast cereals.  (It’s scary how much sugar or salt they pack into some of these things!)  Simple guide on how to read labels:

Make comparisons using the per 100g column rather than the per serving size column.

Positives include:  wholegrains, dietary fibres.

Negatives include:  sugar (okay if dried fruit is included), sodium, saturated fat, other additives.

3.  If you are too lazy to read labels, and if you live in Melbourne, try the 100% Australian Muesli (Meet the Maker Gourmet Products) you can get this at Farmer’s markets.  The fruit are dried in orange juice which gives it a real kick!  Definitely one of the yummiest cereals I’ve had (and I’m not usually a fan).  What’s more you are supporting local farmers and contributing to more sustainable living! Image

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