Anna Richardson

“I’ve always been someone who’s more interested in running around and being outdoors than working or watching TV. I barely scraped through school because I was more interested in playing rugby than doing my homework, but at uni I found a better balance. I used to do a HIIT class every lunchtime to break up my day when I was working full time. I could genuinely tell the difference on the days I had to skip a session because of meetings or timetable clashes. I’d feel more lethargic, less motivated and more agitated sat at my desk for the afternoon.

I left Portsmouth last year to go travelling and found it hard to make up a new workout routine by myself. I ended up doing sunset yoga sessions on top of the cliffs in Indonesia (I was terrible), squats in 90% humidity on bamboo platforms in Thailand (sweaty), hill sprints up and down mountains in Korea (horrendous), days of cycling in Taiwan (not so bad) and cross country skiing in Canada (I face planted a lot).

Due to Covid I came back from my trip and found myself staying in Dorset until I can wait for this to blow over. I’m not working and I’m terrible at sitting still for more than half an hour. Netflix marathons are my worst nightmare and sitting through a whole film is sometimes a struggle. Despite this, I was still struggling to find the motivation to keep moving. Luckily I’ve borrowed a road bike and joined in on a few zoom sessions to give me some structure and break up my day. If I can’t self-motivate then I know that I can rely on a 20/30 minute zoom session to get me moving. I always feel infinitely better after I’ve done some exercise and it’s so feel-good to be able to join in on the odd session with other people when I fancy seeing some new faces!”

 

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