Jess T (Leap studio admin) writes –
Four months since I began regular exercise after an extended break, it’s been intriguing to reflect on the various changes I’ve noticed along the way, physiologically and during everyday activities.
When Leap first re-opened following COVID-19 lockdown, it had been almost 18 months since I had done any exercise or played sport. This was mainly due to the hectic and stressful year in which I sat my HSC exams.
That year was mentally-challenging, and saw the beginning of several unhealthy habits. As an otherwise healthy and illness-free 18 year-old, these habits materialised as stress-eating, caffeine dependence, and disastrous sleeping patterns.
Despite vowing to return to regular exercise this year, COVID-19 presented another roadblock.
Luckily, it was then Leap first began work on establishing our Live Stream classes and Online Exercise Library. I did several of these classes and realised that they were much harder than expected!
Once Leap re-opened, I took full advantage of our in-studio classes. As a uni student, exercise with our experienced instructors at Leap in between and after work was a dream come true. I could also do a DIY session at any time I desired once classes started filling up.
Since then, I’ve hit 50 visits in 15 weeks by doing at least 3 classes a week.
If you haven’t heard Shirley mention already, the American College of Sports Medicine Physical Activity Guidelines recommend at least 150 mins of exercise each week, including aerobic and muscle strengthening activities (this just means a combination of cardio and strength).
So it’s no surprise that keeping this regime up has since begun to produce some noticeable differences.