2 Apr 2017 by Hazel
I think I have mentioned a few times that a) exercise was not part of my approach at first and b) when I introduced it I did it slowly. For the years I spent with Sam, my ex partner, he made me believe that unless you were moving at a million miles an hour then there was no point and I could not move that fast so I simply did not bother. My view then, as it is now, is as long as I am moving then I am doing more good than I would be sitting on a sofa somewhere. Now I live by that and try and squeeze exercise into my day no matter how little it is or slow I am.
As you can see from the collage above I vary what I do but on the whole I love body balance, yoga and walking. I did ride with Jess for a short while until I ended up on the floor thanks to a stroppy horse and my loss of concentration. I love to swim and push myself hard to do as many lengths in 30 minutes as possible – currently up to 47. I cycle but am sooooooo slow which drives me a bit barmy however it is a good challenge. Ultimately I am constantly striving to drive down my resting heart rate which has been as low as 53, largely thanks to spinning which I do every now and again.
If you are reading this and don’t know me then you will not realise that I HATED exercise, with every fibre of my being. So I fundamentally believe that if I can learn to love and enjoy it then anybody can. Simply find what works for you and stick at it. When it gets boring then find something new. I am goal driven so I keep myself motivated by constantly setting myself targets to swim more lengths than last time, or walk that mile just a wee bit faster or actually improve my cycling speed even if only by a nano second.
My downtime is also very important to me. Knitting is something I love but does mean I have to sit for a few hours so I have to earn this time by exercising hard. I also love to blog, as you can see, which is another passive pastime. I work in an office and can sit in front of a computer all day! All this means is I can be very sedentary if I allow myself to, but I don’t. I will park away from the office and walk or walk at lunchtime, I will ensure I have at least 1 hour at the gym for 6 out of 7 days and when the sun is shining I will enjoy a walk or cycle. I do take a day a week to rest, usually Wednesday where the only thing I do is a very gentle yoga class.
Oh and if the weather is horrid and time is a challenge I will do a 15 – 30 minute Joe Wicks hit in my lounge. In fact these are the best thing if you are struggling as they are short and you get fit, fast! Note to self – do more of these!