Getting fit after a long break

Getting fit after a long breakAfter my health scare last November. Thankfully all better now. I admit that I have not done any formal exercise. This is unusual for me as I regularly attend my pilates/yoga classes both in London and France. I have been going for long walks which hopefully has kept me in reasonable form.

However now is the time to make amends and return to my classes. I am aware that I have lost muscle tone and flexibility and will have to work to regain my former fitness level. I am even considering hiring a fitness trainer to formulate a program for me. This should add extra motivation. I am lucky in that I have a gym near where we live in London. So no excuses.

All my old pilates outfits are looking a bit tired and worn. I intend to treat myself to some new fitness gear. This should add to the incentive to get out and get going. Sweaty Betty has some very funky and practical activewear.

SHOP THE LOOK: Leggings Marks&Spencer // Top MarksandSpencer // Bag to keep your fitness gear in Sweaty Betty // Down Parka at Nordstrom // Asics trainers at Sweaty Betty // Water bottle to keep you well hydrated.



Yoga mat at MarksandSpencer // Yoga top at Sweaty Betty // Sports Tote by Sweaty Betty // Berber knitted cardi to keep you warm after your exertions // New Balance trainers // Yoga/Pilates pants // Yoga/Pilates non slip socks.


  1. Christine
    29th January 2017 / 18:26

    I am in a similar position having had minor surgery before Xmas which required 6 weeks of recovery and I feel my body has taken a reversal. Started back to yoga this week so will slowly improve. The outfits you display certainly help with motivation!

    • 30th January 2017 / 08:52

      Just off to my pilates class. Will be going on my bike which I have not used for about 3 months. Need to pump up the tyres.

  2. 29th January 2017 / 20:27

    Just on my way to Athleta this week: my go to place for all gym-type clothes!

  3. Jill Ann
    1st February 2017 / 03:39

    I broke my wrist in October (tennis injury). I was shocked to see, after 6 weeks or so of immobilization, how much my (already inadequate) arm muscles had atrophied. I suspect it will take way more than 6 weeks to build back up to where I was before the injury.

    • 1st February 2017 / 08:59

      Hi Jill
      Sorry to hear about your wrist. As I do pilates I am not finding it too difficult to get back on track as I seem to have retained some muscle memory for the movements.

  4. Susan P Rees
    1st February 2017 / 12:05

    I love my pilates class and am always on the look out for suitable tops with elbow length sleeves, as I don’t like exposing my upper arms. I wear the same black t shirt every week, with my black straight leg pilates trousers, and would like some variety.

    • 1st February 2017 / 12:11

      Hi Susan
      Exercises classes are one place I don’t really mind exposing my arms. I sometimes wear a long sleeve top in winter but in summer I get quite warm. Sweaty Betty and Marksandspencer both have a few tops with long sleeves.

  5. 1st February 2017 / 13:19

    These are all great choices! I am not getting the excercise that I should because I am edging toward a second hip replacement!

    • 1st February 2017 / 13:53

      Hi Cindy
      I wonder if you have ever tried pilates. Several of the ladies in my class are waiting for or have had hip replacements. You would need to find a very well qualified instructor.

  6. Dee Ryder
    1st February 2017 / 13:50

    excersize is beneficial for all types of rehabilitation… well done ladies…

  7. Nola
    2nd February 2017 / 03:44

    Are you familiar with Lululemon? It’s big here in Canada and hands down the best athletic wear I’ve ever worn. It can be pricey but I’m always sorry when I buy anything else. (i know it’s coming to more places across the globe but unless I knew how good it was I’d be hesitant to buy it due to the price.)
    All the best with getting back into your routine!

    • 2nd February 2017 / 08:39

      Hi Nola
      Yes I am aware of Lululemon they have stores in various areas of London. You are right they are a bit expensive but I will check them out again and maybe wait for their sales.

  8. 2nd February 2017 / 07:40

    You will laugh or be amazed at my exercise gear it’s a 15 year old marks and spencer set and it’s still in great order. Okay I admit to not wearing it much over the last 5 years only to the physio therapists haha. Hmm think it’s time to get back into it seriously

    • 2nd February 2017 / 08:38

      Hi Lynn
      I find you don’t need to do too much to keep a relatively modest degree of fitness. Gone are my days of high aerobics!

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