Happy New Year to you!
I was thinking about how we all probably know someone who likes nothing better than to proclaim (sometimes drunkenly) each new year about how they are resolving to be different and improve themselves…instead of just accepting that maybe they are decent enough to start with, are incredibly lazy and should be quiet, enjoy expending hot air and really just want attention, or that no-one actually really cares if they are improving themselves anyway and therefore they should just get on with it in private and spare us all the detail.
Having said all of that, I just thought I would enlighten you to how I have been making a point of doing more exercise since I stopped working (and the physical nature of voluntary work has certainly helped)…namely trying to do sit ups, press ups, cycling, walking and running (with a bit of swimming in the sea when the weather warms up)…so far so good although the running is tough…but at least NZ has the climate to make me feel like going outdoors to do it. It doesn’t have to take too long but the hardest part is trying to make it a habit so that it doesn’t feel like an effort. When you get past the age of 25 things start to ache and I am well past that milestone – so mind over matter can be important too.
I asked fitness expert Nemo for tips on making running easier, one suggestion was wall sitting. When I looked this up and tried it, I discovered it was even harder than running itself. I will persevere and perhaps will append notes on performance milestones in the future…except that it is highly likely you are all thinking (in the event you read this) that I am just expending hot air!
The photo below is a (used previously) “before” shot…maybe one day there will be an “after” shot to show you, although the main aim is to feel better…not look better!