I had another interesting day at work, and the opportunity to try something new at the gym - Body Balance. I've never done yoga or anything remotely like it before, so got in 30 minutes early for a thorough warm-up. I hit my friendly treadmill for 20 minutes (250 cals) and once I had a nice glowing sweat on I did an ancient dynamic stretching routine that I try to use before anything demanding.
Well, talk about blissful. I had a really nice instructor;
Gav - "I've never done Balance before".
Instructor - "Kewl ! You are in for a real treat. I want you right down the front here where I can keep a really close eye on you."
I found my body really likes Balance. My fitness has improved to a level where I was comfortable enough to perform everything required, doing all of the advanced stretches to boot. Stretching is so much easier without a big wobbling belly in the way. There were two that I'll need to work on, and they were when I was standing on the ankle I broke many years ago. There is a noticable difference between my legs in this posture, so I have something to really strive towards. I was very interested to find myself sweating like a horse through most of the class. I wasn't moving at my limit aerobically, say like with RPM, but gee I had quite a glow on.
The end of the class was a real surprise - we had probably 10 minutes to cool down. The surprising bit was the technique used was basically a light form of hypnotism. How cool was that. I was relieved that we weren't asked to pretend to be chooks or something.
At the end of the class I headed over to a different treadmill, and ripped through another 250 cals. So while I know that I didn't get the target of 1000 cals in this session, I reckon I burned at least 500 "Polar" calories. Again, the gym closes at only 8pm on Friday nights, so it was the best I could do in the time.
Watch out, tomorrow is Saturday !