Health and fitness is very important for everyone, no matter your age or gender or sexuality. There are many different types of health: mental health, emotional health, physical health etc. While usually I focus on my mental and emotional health and usually that's what we centre on here at TWE, I want to instead talk about my physical health and my physical fitness.
Recently, I have not been happy with my body. There's no reason why I should be unhappy with it really. I'm not overweight, I'm a healthy weight for my height and I haven't got any abnormal body parts like a third nipple or a sixth finger on one hand. However, I've just been feeling really down about my body and my health. I feel like my thighs are too flabby and my stomach sticks out too much and I don't have abs or any upper body strength. So I decided to try and do something about this and that's when I discovered a fitness class called Bounce and Burn.
Bounce and Burn is a class which takes place on a little trampoline called a Rebound© where you do a variation of exercises designed to make you stronger, fitter and healthier overall. I had a friend who did a family Bounce and Burn class with her daughter and she invited me along to join her at the adult version. She did warn me that it was very intense and I should prepare to get sweaty.
When I first told people that I was starting to go to a fitness class, I was laughed at. I have unfortunately gained a reputation for being lazy and hating any movement at all and being hilariously unfit and never ever doing any form of exercise, not jogging or even going for a leisurely walk. People didn't believe that I was actually going to do it, or at least stick at it regularly. They thought that I might do it for a few weeks but then give it up as a bad job. But they didn't understand my unhappiness with my body and particularly my prominent tummy - they didn't see it but I did. This made me even more determined to give it my all and that's exactly what I'm doing.
All exercise has benefits, both physical and mental and more. These benefits include the following:
There are so many more benefits of regular exercise that I haven't spoken about but any exercise at all is better than none. It doesn't have to be the typical going for a run or weightlifting either - it can be fun, like Bounce and Burn!
It is always better to go to a Bounce and Burn class in order to do it properly, unless you want to spend money and waste space by owning your own Rebound trampoline but some of the exercises you do at Bounce and Burn can be done at home without the trampoline. Try out some of the following if you can't get to a class:
Exercise is difficult. It isn't meant to be easy and no one ever said it was. It is designed to push your body to its limits and work it harder than it has ever been worked before. But no matter how hard it is or how much you want to give up, keep going because the benefits are endless and it is an amazing feeling to both see and feel the changes in your mind and body.
Bounce and Burn is an amazing class. I am enjoying it so much more than I ever thought I could. Yes, I get sweaty. Yes, it's so tiring. But does it make me feel accomplished and happy? Yes, it does. I 100% recommend Bounce and Burn if you have a class near you, but if not, just try and maintain some regular exercise one or twice a week. Find what works for you.
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