Train to Gain
I'm now back in Leeds and there's disappointingly no swimming pool at the university. So, I have decided to make a new regime: I skip every day for 20 minutes and then go to the gym and do an exercise class (either aerobics, circuit training, legs bums and tums, Fab abs, or yoga). I really don't like going to the gym unless it's for a class as I get incredibly bored after about 15 minutes. But the classes really make you work hard.
When I first started skipping each morning, I thought it would be really easy as I used to do it all the time for what seemed like hours as a kid. However, it is really one of the hardest kinds of exercise I'm doing - way more exhausting than jogging! I thought that once I started, I could be on a roll for about 20 minutes (like with the jogging), but after an intense non-stop 3 minutes, I want to collapse on the floor. It's also incredibly painful when the rope thrashes your legs - it feels like you're being whipped!