I know I’m a week late to decide on my New Year’s resolution but I was trying to think of a good one, something unusual or exciting. I dallied between learning to fly a plane, or maybe growing my hair to my waist, or even to always do my seminar reading earlier than the day before! But all those seemed too radical. So I have in fact ended up with two unbelievably dull resolutions: stop biting my nails and get more exercise.
The nails one is the most boring so I won’t drone on about that, but this seems like an excellent opportunity to let you know what Leicester Uni offers in terms of sports and activities, and what my fitness campaign is going to be.
I am already part of the Leicester Cheerleading squad, the Panthers, and we practise twice a week, for 2 hours at time. Leicester offers almost every sport you could possibly imagine, (click here for the current list) catering for all abilities, whether it’s your first time playing Ultimate Frisbee or you could have played Hockey for England.
While Cheerleading is good exercise – you have to be strong, flexible and fit – it isn’t particularly aerobic, and we don’t do much targeted core strength training. To supplement my cheerleading I am rejoining the University gym. (Membership is currently only £75 per year but is subject to change.)
In first year the main gym is right on your doorstep in Oadby, which is fantastically convenient and I went several times a week. This gym is currently being refurbished into an amazing supergym ready for you lucky lot next academic year. There is also a gym on the University campus, which is much nearer to where I live now, but as yet it doesn’t have crosstrainers, my somewhat girly machine of choice.
Therefore, instead of going to the gym and doing my own thing, I am planning to go to classes at the University Sports Hall. The group fitness programme is covered in the price of gym membership. There is a massive range of classes on offer. I’m going to try Pilates on Monday night and Zumba on a Friday.
Now it’s easy to say but will I do it? I’m looking to you all to keep me on track and I’ll let you know how I get on!