Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I can't believe this. Up until now, I have found it impossible to motivate myself to get regular exercise, but this year I decided to join the January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge. And much to my amazement, I not only completed it, but enjoyed it!
The first week I had to get into the routine of doing a video every morning. Some were too hard for me, but Coach Nicole would point out an easier option, so I could manage to do something throughout. Some were easier and some - dare I say it - were FUN! In addition I had to do 5 Cardio workouts, and walking the dog over hilly fields is a workout, so that wasn't a problem. But Buster was pretty surprised - I walked much more regularly that usual, and didn't fob him off with a quick turn around the block - we went for good long walks.
In the second week, I had to do all this and add an extra video twice. I had a great time with a kickboxing cardio workout!
By week 3, I was making sure I got my 5-a-day of freggies, and "amping up the cardio". Now I was putting a jog into my dog walks. OK 100 steps jog, 200 steps walk, but it's a start!
Week 4 had me do the videos twice on three days, log my food and keep up with the cardio, and the extras. I was out all day on Sunday so had to put the challenge on hold, but picked up the following day, which is why I finished on 29th not 28th.
So, what have I achieved? Well, for the first time, I have maintained a fitness streak for 4 weeks. I have received a 1,000 fitness minutes award for the first time ever. I found I really enjoyed the videos, and even liked pushing my walks into (small) jogs!
I have learned that starting the day with a small injection of fitness makes me consider it for the rest of the day and puts me on track to make more of an effort. I have learned that, even 55 and overweight, my health and fitness can improve.
What next? I am going to stick with the general pattern of this challenge for the next 4 weeks, seeing if I can continue to improve my form and get the hang of some of the workouts that still elude me. After that, I aim to open my horizons to more challenges. 1,000 minutes a month will be a regular thing, not an exception.
I have lit the Spark!