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Kick-starting #2013Body workout at The Chelsea Club, London

imageOn a dull and rainy Sunday afternoon in London, my boyfriend and I headed for The Chelsea Club at Stamford Bridge in South West London. Having cancelled our gym membership in 2012, we wanted to take full advantage of a complimentary day pass and lunch that we had previously obtained, particularly with 2013 bringing a host of travel plans and a desired shake-up of our routine.

In general we both love to use the gym and regularly try new forms of exercise like Qigong, as well as maintaining and improving our diets with recipes and foods that we have tried from around the world. With this in mind, it made sense that we would be keen to try a gym that is regarded as one of the finest in London offering first class facilities and equipment.

Upon entering the club, we were warmly greeted by the receptionist, who handled our enquiry and led us through to the club. Here, we entered the swanky changing rooms (where sadly, no photos are allowed) to lock away our belongings before heading straight to the gym on the top floor of the club. Continue reading Kick-starting #2013Body workout at The Chelsea Club, London

Qigong with Shifu Yan Lei at Shaolin Temple UK

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Colleen with Shifu Yan Lei at Shaolin Temple UK

Earlier this year I suffered a knee and calf injury that put me out of action for several months. No exercise but plenty of pre-booked travel resulting in weight gain.

Now you’re probably wondering why I’ve mentioned Qigong on my blog. Whilst travelling I like to ensure that I take care of my health. Not only do I tend to eat healthier when I’m away from home, I also like to practice exercises that are location independent. It’s not always possible to get accommodation with a gym and jogging outdoors isn’t so much fun if the weather is poor.

I’ve spent recent weeks trying to get back into an exercise routine, starting with low intensity and gradually developing this as my strength improves. The lack of exercise has also impacted my travels, I couldn’t jump on a push-bike and pedal my way around a city anymore and walking was incredibly painful after more than a couple of miles. It’s best described as a nuisance that I am glad to be recovering from.

As part of my ongoing development, I joined a workshop at the Shaolin Temple UK, run by Shifu Yan Lei, a 34th generation fighting disciple. It was one of the first few classes that I have attended in London for several months but I was prepared to have a go, knowing that it was the first step to get back in-tune with my body. Continue reading Qigong with Shifu Yan Lei at Shaolin Temple UK