Higher Tone

Variety is the spice of life and the fuel for fitness


The impetus behind the creation of ‘Higher Tone’ is the desire to actively engage with the Cardiff fitness community.  I hope to contribute to this dynamic community by participating in a variety of different exercise groups and fitness classes in a wide range of venues.  I intend to talk to as many people as possible including instructors, trainers, nutritionists, gym owners, people participating in the classes and other bloggers focusing on a similar topic.  This blog will be a place to discuss the exercise and fitness community in Cardiff and it will hopefully aggregate the reactions, opinions and motivations of people participating in and contributing to that community.

Interview with the author:

Who are you?

My name is Jenny Awford and I am a 21-year-old student at Cardiff University studying for a Postgraduate MA in Newspaper Journalism.  I received a first class honours degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Bristol.  I am passionate about fitness and sport, particularly tennis because it enables me to release all my tension.

What is your weekly exercise routine?

Even though I have 9-5 lectures everyday I still try to make time for as much exercise as possible.  I aim to find a balance between cardio, toning and strength training as I think they are all equally important and give different benefits.  My typical week:

1) Tennis twice a week- a great all over body workout with a competitive edge

2) Running for at least 1 hour- purely for cardio fitness and improving recovery rate

3) Yoga once a week usually for 1.5 hours- this should be essential element for everyone’s weekly routine.  Ideal for relaxation, injury prevention, toning and general well-being.

4) Two fitness classes- these can be anything from spinning, circuits and LBT to martial arts, Zumba and Pump and Tone.

What is your health and fitness philosophy?

“Variety is the spice of life and the fuel for fitness”



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