I have never been the fittest or most active person on the planet. I’ve never been to a gym or attempted a marathon like some of my very admirable friends. I’ve always liked to walk, though, and prior to having children I did maintain a certain level of fitness.
However, due to dizziness and discomfort during both pregnancies, movement was severely reduced. Even my walking took a hit. I suffered for it, losing fitness despite keeping my figure. Second time around was worse, and I now find myself short of breath after only a brisk walk to the shopping centre less than 2km away.
So now, prompted by my outbursts of “I want to get fit!”, Aidan has taken the matter in hand. He already has a training regime in place for himself, but now he has added elements specifically for me and included me in some of his regular things, keeping in mind my current limitations (my episiotomy and my separated abdomen). One of those new elements is boxercise.
I confess to a some hesitation at first. I have a self-consciousness about trying new things like that, and my initial instinct was to refuse. However I told myself firmly that, whilst Aidan could push me and motivate me and encourage me, the ultimate responsibility for the fitness I wanted lay at my own door. So I stepped up to the plate, said yes, and began.
The training circuit Aidan has devised currently rotates boxing, skipping (yes, the kind with ropes, it’s like being back in primary school), and push-ups. Despite finding it difficult (especially the push-ups; the upper body has never been my strong point), I find that I come away from our sessions pleasantly exhausted. In defiance of my fears, I’m not dying or even being tortured by it. Exercise produces endorphins, and endorphins make you happy.
It’s tough right now, and I can’t do very much at a time, but I know that my capabilities will build up over time, particularly as my body heals and can be pushed harder. Maybe one day I will be joining Aidan for his entire circuit, including running and doing strange things with the medicine ball!