Why Monday is the best day to workout

 

 

When I started boxing many years ago the weekly classes were Mondays and Thursdays (they still are 😉 ) and in the beginning I had trouble getting used to working out Mondays. I mean, I had just gotten over my hangover Monday morning… only joking a little! And getting through a whole working day after the weekend was hard enough! So ALSO going to the gym or to class afterwards was daunting.

…until I got used to it!

After some time I actually thought it was the best idea. Here are some of the reasons:

  • What else are you going to do on a Monday night? Is it getting in the way of all the sitting you are doing ;)?
  • When you start your workout-week Monday, you already have 1 down before your mind and body has even realised that the week has started 😉
  • You just start your week off in a great way! You will have more energy and feel better about yourself for the rest of the week.
  • IF you should happen to cancel the Thursday class, it is not the end of the world, because you have already had one great workout for the week! Amazing!

 

There you have it! Monday is a great day to work out! Then it is done! Very simple.

That said, I do think and encourage you to move every day! ESPECIALLY if you have a sitting down job! You don’t have to do a fitness class or go to the gym every day, but you do need to move. Go for a walk or a slight jog, whatever feels good and fits your schedule!

Now, tomorrow is Monday! So if you haven’t yet, go pack your workout clothes and put the bag in the car. Then put in it your calendar. Then go online a book your lunch time boxercise class at claremariepilates.com or your evening boxercise class at hiitme.lu/jess_boxing !

See you there! 💪🏻

Health Expert Series 4

Welcome to the 4th edition of the Health Series!

This month we are going to hear from MY VERY OWN BOXERCISE INSTRUCTOR Marie! She has quite similar views on health to mine, so I was very excited to read her answers! I hope you will be too.

Here we go:

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Name, age, occupation: Marie Zena Barton, 36, Head Coach at HIITme Health & Fitness

What does health mean to you?

It may sound a bit silly but to me personally it’s about feeling alive and functioning physically and mentally with good energy. I want to wake up feeling good in the morning not tired and just getting up and going through the motions. I want to wake up with purpose and feel motivated.

For me if I am feeling like this most of the time then my health is in pretty good form. As a Group fitness coach & PT trainer I want and need to have good health and energy. I think there is nothing worse as a client to turn up to a class or PT session where the instructor has no energy or enthusiasm about them.

How do you achieve this level of healthy?

It’s not always easy we all live increasingly busy stressful lives. For it to work for me I need to plan organise and execute!:o). I find it easier if I make a plan and stick to it, which is easier said than done, but when you do that, it works and it is then my routine. I always work better at everything if I make it part of my daily/weekly routine

Why is it important to be and live healthily?

Wow that’s a big question………. it’s so important for so many different reasons!:o)……. I don’t think a lot of people really know what good health means or how much it affects everything in your life when you are not feeling on good form and in good health.

A lot of people think that if they are not ill then that must mean that they are healthy, well no I don’t think so……. bear with me here I don’t mean to sound patronising, I just think that so many people are running on autopilot trying to get through the day and get all the tasks done that need to be done and never putting themselves and their health at the top of that to do list. It is my personal opinion and experience if you improve your health through exercise and good nutrition it massively impacts your life in so many more good ways than you expected.

Imagine doing everything that you need to get done with a lot more energy, enthusiasm and happiness, wouldn’t it be so much easier and enjoyable? That’s why I think living and being healthy is so important, it makes such a difference to how you feel.

Why are you an expert?

hhhhmm “expert” another big word that can mean many different things to people:o) Can I change that question to What makes you good at your Job?

Well once you get past being qualified of course then it’s about the fact I really like my job and I want people to really feel the benefits of exercise. I like to keep up to date with what is going on in the health and fitness world. I think it is a very interesting time, slowly more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of exercise for more than just the purpose to loose weight which is an important factor. I love to see the change and progress in people and see how much better they feel about themselves.

What is your top health tip?

Exercise of course!:o) There is more to health than just exercise but I think it such an important part as that is often one of the first steps that people take in their aim to improve their health and that first step is the most important…..

…. But don’t just find any exercise, find an exercise that you genuinely like. There is no use taking up running just because you want to improve your health and fitness if you hate running…….we all know how that’s going to end. Don’t be afraid to try some different exercises before you find what you really like….. and find an exercise in a group format, it is more fun and makes you much more likely to stick with it if you are accountable to other people too:o)

 

So? What do you think?

Do you agree with her definition of “being healthy?”. I certainly do 🙂 I too want to wake up with purpose and feel motivated.

Can you find that exercise routine that you will stick to? Is group fitness classes your thing? Or do you prefer going to the gym or for a run? Maybe a personal trainer is what you need?

Tell us in the comments below!

Get in touch with Marie here and visit her website here. She can also be found on Facebook; JessBoxing, Bootcamp and Kettlercise – all group fitness classes you MUST try!

ACTUALLY, all her classes start THIS WEEK and you can try out a class for FREE! I really urge you to try one of them, they are GREAT!! Just EMAIL Marie now! 😉

What is Boxercise?

About 6 years ago a friend of mine had found this new fitness program, which she loved, and she insisted that I try it out. For months she was trying to get me to come but it wasn’t until one day when I ran out of excuses that I put on my fitness outfit and dragged my unwilling body to this gymnastics hall.

The class was called Jessboxing! What was that? I’m not really into violence so I didn’t quite understand why she was convinced that I would love it.

After the warm up, the instructor, Jess, asked us to partner up and to put on our gloves and pads. One becomes the boxer and the other becomes the pad-holder. Jess explained how to throw a straight punch and then started the clock. For one minute non-stop the boxer punches the pads. Uf, one minute was long! Then some ground work, like squats or something similar for 30 seconds for both pad-holder and boxer, and then back to punching for one minute. Then we swap!

That sounded easy enough, but will it hurt? How hard can I punch? I don’t want to hurt my partner!

I put on the gloves and threw my first punch! Woaw! That feels cool! It turns out, you can punch pretty darn hard and it wont hurt neither the pad-holder nor myself. This is the beauty of this sport. You get to punch and kick, but in a controlled manner, so you don’t hurt anyone and you get a full body work-out.

The class went on and we learnt about hooks and uppercuts, kicks and knees. Finally after 1 hour I was beat! Almost literally! I was sweating like never before and I had the biggest smile on my face! I knew this was not going to be my last boxing class!

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This past weekend I was in London to become a Boxercise instructor! While we were there, we also added on a Kick-boxercise class, just for the hell of it 😉

I can now offer YOU awesome amazing boxercise classes. So if you are intrigued and want to try out, please do reach out to me. I will give classes myself and I have partnered up with HIITme Jessboxing. Check out their website too! 

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Learn more about Boxercise here.