However, in truth I’ve spent the last couple of years making up excuses for not getting enough exercise. I would tell myself that I walk everywhere, so that should be enough. But in reality, I could easily not leave the house some days. So it was clear that I wasn’t doing the recommended 10 000 steps every day.
I have gone through periods of going to the gym, but my preferred exercise has always been walking. Unfortunately my weight has been creeping up and I know my waist measurements put me in the higher risk category for type 2 Diabetes. My husband, Simon, also needed to lose weight, so we both decided to get back on the exercise treadmill again.
Simon has always favored running and I have tried it a few times in the past and hated it. I found it boring and my boobs always hurt. But I thought that I should give it another go. There are some positives to taking up running. It is free, it can be done anywhere and you can easily work around your schedule. And most importantly, for me, taking up running with Simon will improve my chances of sticking to an exercise regime.
So we started the couch to 5k training. At first it was just horrible. For the first few weeks I felt like I would never get my head in a positive place. However, by week 6 of the training schedule I actually managed to complete my first 5k Park Run. And to my surprise I quite enjoyed it! Don’t get me wrong it was hard, but it was also such an achievement. Three months later I am still running and I’m now training to do a 10k run (I’m currently trying to think of an excuse to get out of this one). To top it all I am also losing weight – YAY!
Let me know if these tips help or if you have some tips of your own that you would like to share with us.
“Sweat is just fat crying.” Anonymous