So truthfully, my whole ‘exercise three times a week’ thing has gone off the boil this month. Life has been busy and a bit stressful, and we cancelled our gym membership. While I do miss it (especially the pool), the extra £100 back in the bank balance each month is nice, especially with our house move coming up. And I know we didn’t use the gym enough to justify the expense.
I’m feeling it though, the lack of exercise. I feel tired, more lethargic, I’m not sleeping as well, and my back is starting to get sore again. And I really don’t want to feel like this! SO, I’ve decided enough is enough and I’m putting together a brand new exercise plan…
Couch to 5k
I’m a truly terrible runner – no stamina whatsoever – but I really want to get better. Whenever I try to run for more than a couple of minutes, I end up looking like a tomato and I realise how unfit I actually am.
Back when Ethan was about three, I actually trained for a 5k followed by a 10k for Cancer Research UK, and to my surprise, managed to complete it (slowly!).
In a bid to boost my fitness levels, I’ve decided to start the Couch to 5k program, a free training app from the NHS. It promises to have you running 5k within 9 weeks. I’m only two runs in (hampered by all the rain – turns out I’m a fairweather runner!) but I’m feeling optimistic now that the sun’s come out.
I’ve realised I have none of the gear though. I need something to hold my ginormous iPhone XS Max in so I can listen to the trainer (I’ve picked Sarah Millican – I feel like she’s suitably motivating!). Sudio has kindly sent me some wireless earbuds for review so I’ll let you know how I get on with those. I also need a smaller running water bottle – my personalised Love Island one may be pretty but is huge and totally impractical for running! If you have any running kit suggestions, please do let me know in the comments!
As I need to run three times a week, that’s actually quite a commitment already but I know that I really need to balance out my body and stretch out my back. I’ve dug out a yoga DVD by Tara Lee that I used to do regularly, so I’m going to aim to do two twenty-minute practices each week. I always feel amazing after yoga – mind and body!
So that’s my plan for the next few weeks. I’m hopeful that I’ll start feeling the benefits soon and be back feeling much better and healthier overall. I’ll let you know how I’m getting on!
If you fancy doing the Couch to 5k with me, let me know in the comments.
We do also have a Mums Off Duty workout group over on Facebook where we chat about all things fitness-related and try to support each other in our fitness goals – please feel free to join us!
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