I’m enjoying karate (I’ve been to a few classes myself when the kids were unable to make it!). Seems to be a pretty effective physical conditioning method- after last week’s class I don’t think there was a single muscle in my body that hadn’t had a workout!
The social aspect, with my kids and others in the class, means that I think it might be the missing piece of the fitness puzzle I’ve been looking for- something focused on strength and flexibility that I actually enjoy doing!! The kata (like tai chi forms) can be practiced anywhere that there’s sufficient space and get the heart rate and breathing up if you put the effort in! I’ve been pretty consistent at doing a little bit every day…because I enjoy it.
Plus, there’s a 30 min fitness class (basically circuits) before the main class that includes kettlebells, medicine balls, bodyweight exercises- so it means I’m doing that sort of thing a couple of times a week consistently without much effort on my part (I have to be there to get the kids there!).
I’m trying to run 3-4 times a week, 4-5k and have been managing that pretty consistently. 2 of the runs are with other people so conversational pace.