I’m starting to remember why I’ve never achieved any sort of peak of physical fitness. This exercise malarkey is hard! Instead of looking like the beautiful, graceful people in the stock photos, I’m red faced and falling over in my living room. I swear that I used to be able to stand on one leg easy. These days, well let’s just say that my head and the mantelpiece almost made an acquaintance that I’m very glad they avoided.
Yes, that’s me in the photo, looking like all the blood has decided that my face, my entire face, is the place to hang out these
In my defence, tonight was the first night I’ve been back to the gym since October and I managed to run 5k in 37:38. There may have been some patched were I was walking, and my feet now look like a treasure trail of blisters, but this is one of the fastest times that I’ve done 5k in. The fact that I took my inhaler before going to the gym meant that I didn’t dissolve into a wheezing mess six minutes into the run.
Looks like an inhaler won’t solve my red face issue however.
As well as being the first day back at the gym for 2017, today also marked a full week of getting up and doing seven minutes of yoga every morning with the app Asana Rebel. I haven’t met all of my yoga goals. I did want to try and do a little bit each night, but in the end this seems like an unreasonable goal so I’m focusing on five minutes every morning, and seeing what I can manage in the evening.
The app itself is fantastic and I’m in love with the five minute daily goals. These are the ones that I do each morning and I always feel better after I’ve completed them. Granted, this morning I was a little distracted by my own lack of balance for most of the exercises, but I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in that over the last week. Granted. I’m still like Bambi wearing roller-skates on ice, but some of the exercises are getting easier and seeing that so early on is really pushing me to keep going.
The explosion of confetti when you complete the first exercise of the day also helps but that probably says more about me than the app.
I bought the app for £29.99 and that covers the first year. It’s actually on the cheaper end of the fitness app scales as far as I’ve seen and offers just as much as anything else.
You get an email with meal ideas, and asides from the daily goal, there are more intensive programmes which you can follow of the course of 4/8/12 weeks, or one off workouts that you can pick depending on how you feel. ‘Yoga For Runners’, ‘Fatburn Yoga’, ‘Flow Yoga For Relaxation’. They vary in time and intensity, but I haven’t seen one longer than thirty minutes. This means there isn’t anything to stop you picking a few and having a go at them all within an hour and a half.
I’ll admit that I haven’t been as rigorous with my schedule as I planned to be. I decided to avoid is putting to much pressure on myself. I know that if I do that and I fail, I’ll fall into a pit of self-depreciation and will loose all motivation altogether. I’m also aware that I’m just getting back into fitness, and if I try to pile my plate too high at the start, I’ll end up stalling half way through. It’s better to pace myself and build up slowly.
This is why I’m not beating myself up about being a couple of days behind on the thirty day app challenge. Today I was meant to do 45 sit ups, 30 crunches, 30 leg raises and a 35 second plank and the idea of it makes me want to puke right now. I’m already aware that doing 5k straight off the bat was probably pushing myself to far and all I want to do is collapse into bed.
Tomorrow night is the first night back at Judo and Thursday is likely to be another night at the gym. I’m going to aim for three nights a week at the gym and on Thursday I’m planning on cutting the run down to 3k and doing a circuit of the weights to keep things varied.
[I also left the gym tonight thinking about how I basically paid someone to let me run on the spot for half an hour before going home.]
Until next week, happy reading!