What exercise you all up to huns? Any fitness goals for 2022 or the year ahead?
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I’ve been working with my personal trainer for a few months now and starting to see some improvement in my fitness, although after I did my back in for a couple of weeks last year deadlifting a weight I would have been fine with pre-pandemic we’re working on form and avoiding injury rather than pushing for heavier weights. Also started Yoga with Adriene’s 30 Day challenge on Youtube (there’s a thread somewhere as a few of us are doing it) as I need to strengthen my core and do some good stretching and mobility work.
I’m gonna swim once a week and take a good long walk once a week and do the 30 day Adriene thing this month. I get really consumed by various laptops and end up staying in working a lot so I hope having these weekly sessions carved out will remind me to generally move more without making me feel bad if I have several intense hard-to-leave-the-house days in a row.
No goals specific to the activities but I am generally aiming for more energy in 2022 so movement and some air is part of that wider idea.
Outdoor and team exercise is good for my mental health, especially when I’m mainly working from home, and my aim this year is to be a little more structured about what I do. This ties in with my (repeat) New years Resolution of compartmentalising work into a 9am-6pm window, Monday to Friday. I don’t have a target weight at all (I tend to put on weight when I exercise, so it’s pretty meaningless for me anyway), and I tend to motivate myself by entering events such as half marathons or triathlons.
So, getting back into my running every morning before work:
Hockey season restarts on Saturday, so I’ll be plodding around a cold pitch for 70 minutes every week until March.
I’m still not comfortable going swimming in an indoor pool, so I might have to wait until the reservoir is warm enough for me to re-start that again. I’d also like to do more cycling this year as I barely did any last year.
I’d also like to get back into my exercises, as they seem to help my posture and reduce the risk of injury. These aren’t too strict, but are:
Side planks (2x20 seconds to each side)
Hip raises - (one foot planted, the other leg pointed, raised and lowered. 2x10 to each leg)
Side plank leg lift (2x10 to each side)
Bulgarian split squats (2x10 to each leg)
My back is in ruins. Just constant chronic niggles and stiffness and aches. First order is to get that properly looked at, follow professional advice with regards to strengthening exercises and whatnot.
Definitely going to find some events to enter (cycling)
Would absolutely love to go on a cycling holiday somewhere warm, but not expecting that to happen.
Might go for a run tonight…
Going to start an alcohol diary again but don’t think I can be bothered with calorie counting.
Just doing the yoga and a daily walk atm. I feel utterly dreadful physically at the moment so I’m hoping once I’ve got a bit more core strength and stamina I can add some more stuff to that. Also doing some intermittent fasting (only eating between 12-8) most days, though I had some breakfast this morning as I was feeling totally wiped out.
I’d like to lose a bit of weight but my main goal is not to feel like my bones are covered in rust all the time.
Realistically, I’m not likely to do much other than a daily walk between now and Easter - firstly, work is too busy and secondly, I just find it too difficult to motivate myself when it’s dark and cold
I had a question about 10,000 steps a day, though. I just timed myself walking for a minute and I took 115 steps. So by my maths, I’d need to be walking for nearly an hour and a half (approx 5-6 miles a day) to do my steps. I mean, I know I’ll achieve a fair few by just walking to and from the toilet, kettle etc - but it just seems like an ambition I’m never going to achieve.
If not, I think you’d be surprised how many steps you can rack up by just doing normal stuff. The 10,000 a day is an arbitrary figure that won’t suit everyone, so take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s not unusual for someone to need to do a top up walk of only a mile or two in the evening to bring it up to that target.
I think it’s really important to be realistic with goals, otherwise you’re set up to fail and then blame and feel bad about yourself when you do!
Small, achievable targets are the best way to start, then you feel motivated as you hit them and feel your fitness gradually improve and that spurs you on to do a little bit more (if you want to and have the time to)
And January is a miserable time of year anyway, be kind to yourself
Did 2,000-and something miles last year. Set my target at 2500 to start with, and with at least 1000 of those being for ‘transport’ (rather than just joyriding) .
Occasionally have a run on the treadmill but it’s boring and too much like hard work tbqh.
Keep thinking about getting back into swimming but the timetable at Local Leisure Centre is very confusing. You can’t just sign up for swimming either, it has to be gym + swimming which is quite expensive considering I have zero intention of using the gym.