During 2017, something that took a bit of a back seat in my life was my fitness. Thanks to a whole range of various symptoms and aches and pains I eased off on the workouts for pretty much most of the year. The want has been there but the motivation lacking somewhat. Sure, I jumped back on The Body Coach’s YouTube workouts for my holiday in Gran Canaria back in June but that was pretty much the exception. 1 month of workouts a year does not make a fit Tracey! This makes it time for a return to fitness in 2018!
When I finally got myself a new car in August, I vowed to restart my membership at the local leisure centre with my sister to help start our return to fitness. But then she was made permanent in her job and got stuck in volunteering for extra hours. So still, we never made it down to the local swimming pool to sort that out. We have had our memberships for the local council run leisure centres on and off for a while now. Mostly off whilst I haven’t had a car as it can be quite a walk there and back. Not so great in bad weather in winter, especially if we have the girls with us after swimming.
Leisure Centre Membership.
But lately, I have been feeling the urge to get back to my workouts and return to fitness levels of days past. I know it’s totally cliche but it is looking like it will either be the end of December or January now. Joining in the big rush to get in shape after Christmas crowd. I don’t do New Year Resolutions but next year I do need to make an effort if not for me then for Olivia too. She is old enough now for a teen pass meaning she can do much more than just swim with her pass.
Our memberships cover a whole host of different activities including but not limited to swimming, fitness classes, aqua classes and use of football/tennis/sports pitches. There are also 7 different centres we can use, and easily get to now with a car, meaning the possibilities are endless for getting back to our previous levels of fitness.
Looking the Part for Our Return to fitness.
To go with this, we really need to make sure we have appropriate clothing for the classes we will be taking part in. Two of our favourite things to do in the past was Aqua classes including Aqua Zumba and using the adult only swim times. I used to love to go for a swim after a particularly rigorous fitness class. However, partaking in an Aqua Zumba class right after a dry Zumba class on a Friday night used to be the highlight of our week!
Being a plus size girl means that I need the right kind of plus size swimwear to keep me supported during my swims and classes. For my holiday I opted for swimwear that had built in cups and ruching to create a more flattering silhouette for my shape. Having the right size, I went up to a size 22, and style can make all the difference in how you feel out in public wearing only a swimming costume.
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Last year i posted a picture of me in my tankini before I went on holiday. This year it's a full costume. I am unpacking my dress swimsuit and taking this one (and an identical red one) instead. I would like to say a big thank you to @shakethatweightdiet for helping with my recent body goals and giving me the push I needed to be confident to wear this around the pool next week. I am definitely beach body ready! Swimsuit from @bonmarcheuk
But for working out you need something more practical. Swimwear that supports and stays in shape during your swim is a must. Look for a one piece that has extra bust support or tummy control if it helps you to feel more comfortable. You can even opt for short style ones to fully cover your bottom and tops of the thighs too.
For dry classes and hitting the gym, I always go for a maximum support bra so I will need to get measured and make sure my current bras are still as supportive as I need them to be. I still have a range of plus size activewear that I can wear at my classes to help me keep cool regardless of what activity is putting me through my paces. And my trusty Sketchers trainers will be able to give me the support I need on my feet too.
Return to Fitness 2018
Whilst I do have bold plans for a return to fitness for 2018. My aim isn’t weight loss as it was before but to get fitter and healthier. But I am aware I don’t need my gym pass to be able to do that and have, in the past successfully managed to combine home workouts with those at the gym/fitness classes.
So fingers crossed, come 2018 or even the end of 2017, we will have finally managed to get that family pass sorted and are on our way back to a more healthy and fitter version of ourselves as we return to fitness and add more exercise to our daily routines!
*DISCLAIMER: A COLLABORATIVE POST*