Getting Off The Couch & Other Little Things

We all know that on New Year’s Day we sit there and say that we’re going to do this and do that and all that tat!

But this year? I’m not going to be one of those people. Ner-uh!

As you know, it’s now the 8th of February (how has that happened?!) and I’m still going strong with my New Year’s Resolution— running! Now, I’m not doing this to loose weight or to be slimmer or anything of the sort, but simply just because I just want to feel both fitter and healthier in myself.

It’s been a couple of years now since I last did any real exercise, if I be honest with you, and I don’t like it. I used to be able to run quite long distances, bike in the mornings, walk for a long time, and all that jazz, but lately— well, all I have to do is go the up the stairs and I’m wheezing!

Now, last year I attempted to go running several times, but I just gave up after two or three nights of doing so. That’s when I learned that I was, perhaps, doing it a little bit wrong. I was throwing myself in at the deep end! Every night, I would try to go running for two miles or so, without stopping, and I would try to do that each night, every night.

It was simply too much!

That’s when I discovered a little app called “Couch to 5k”, and it does what it says on the tin. It’s a 9-week course, which trains you up little by little over the course, so that by the end of it, you’re able to run for 5k— or the equivalent of 20 minutes straight, with the idea being that once you’ve finished up the course, you’re in a good enough position that you’re able to just continue on yourself, adding to your time and your distance.

So far, I’ve only missed a couple of days just because I’ve been so busy, but I’ve really loved it. In fact, on the days I haven’t done it, I’ve actually missed— which is not something that I thought I would ever hear myself saying!

Additionally, I’ve also just been trying to make some little changes in my life. I’ve been replacing my cup of tea in the morning with some fresh fruit juice; attempting to drink two liters of water a day (not going so well— turns out my bladder can’t contain that much and the amount of times nature calls in beyond ridiculous; TMI but it’s the truth!); or just replacing unhealthy snacks with healthier ones (such as a banana instead of a stack of biscuits, which I used to be terrible for doing!).

Yesterday I agreed to train to be able to run 8k with a relative of mine, this summer, and I’m determined to keep it up. I know it’s only early days, but I would really like to be able to do it, and by putting it in writing here, I can guilt myself later down the line if I feel like giving up— and you’ll be able to use this against me, too, if that’s the case!

Anyway. I guess what I’m trying to say is this: sometimes it’s just the little changes you make in your life that make the biggest differences, so ask yourself this: what little thing could you change in your day, or in your lifestyle, that would make a big impact to you?

It’d be interesting to hear a couple down in the comments if you feel like sharing, but if not, at least you can reflect on the answer yourself. 🙂

My sleeping pattern is the next thing to change, but— well…that be pushing things just a bit too far! Haha!

See you soon and thank you for reading. 🙂

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