I have been wrestling with this post for a couple of weeks now and I have been thinking about the content of it and whether to post it. I have struggle with weight most of my life but in the last couple of years been doing something about it. The initial spark was seeing a photo of myself at a wedding anniversary do of my parents and thinking WHOA! That’s not me!!!!? Is it me? No it can’t be! and from that point on I decided to get a grip and try and reverse decades of neglect. I’m not going to bore you with details but one day I may show comparison photos just to remind myself what I looked like before and to never go back there again. How does all this relate to this blog? Well in order to be able to go out and enjoy adventures one needs to be fit. In fact life is generally better when one is fitter.
One of my goals for 2018 is walking a section of Pennine Way and to be able to walk 60+ miles a reasonable level of fitness is required. I have calculated that I can probably do 12 to 15 miles per day comfortably due to the terrain and carrying the weight of my rucksack so over the forth coming months I need to build up my walking stamina so that when I come to do the trail I am able to enjoy it and not endure it.
In my view there is no better form of exercise than walking, we can all do it no matter what age or ability but doing a long distant walk takes training. Only a fool would decide to set out with no preparation. I plan to do something like the couch to 10k plan but for me it will be the couch to 10 miles plan
I have recently come across the #NHS1000miles challenge and am going to incorporate this into my daily routine. Having a daily target to follow is also good motivation for me to get outside and at this time of year in winter when the mornings are dark and the nights are long the limited hours of light are always a challenge to my resolve. Summertime sees none of that lethargy or avoidance with beautiful warm mornings and long lingering sunlit evenings who would want to be inside?
There are many apps for smartphones now that record ones daily activity whether that be steps, miles or gym activity and the one I have stuck with over time is Runkeeper and and according to my stats I have manages to walk 4,477 miles and burnt 528,201 Calories in the last mainly 4 years so it would seem I have been walking around 1000 miles a year already so maybe I should raise the bar a bit. however with Runkeeper I need to remember to use it and this is where my second favourite exercise app comes in. Pedometer++ is a simple but very neat view of ones efforts to do 10k steps a day and with no need to activate, monitor or control in anyway I can even leave it for the whole week and check progress however that’s not what I do and I try to look at the beginning and end of the day to see how successful I have been. I am amazed at the power of the psychology of this and the fact it makes one want to do better. Obviously thats not always the case and the pic on the left shows. Now some other this is done to leaving phone at home but I really should hold my hands up and say that some days are better than others. I didn’t start off the year saying that I was going to resolve to do X but waited to see what challenges would appear to me and then that would shape the plan of fitness. I have long given up setting long term fitness goals as I just don’t have the concentration for it so breaking down tasks into more manageable chunks has led to way more success in the past. This year is no different. Whether it be the long distant walk, a desire to get out on my bike, when the weather gets warmer or even have a go at canoeing at some point I really need to be lighter, a lot lighter but the effort will definitely be worth it!