Getting fit will probably not be easy either. So far, the results are: a lot of panting, feeling jaded and being tired all the time. So yes, the conclusion for now is it will indeed not be easy.
My first run
As we had just cancelled out gym membership (which says enough about our physical activity lately), and I wanted to do something that would be cheap and flexible, I chose -like so many others- to start running. There was a time when I could run for 30 minutes on the treadmill, but let’s say there is a reason I wrote that in past tense. I downloaded a beginner’s schedule to build up slowly. Considering I had run before, my first run was a bit of a shock: all I needed to do was run for two minutes at a time, but it took me a lot of effort. Goodbye half an hour, hello 2 minutes.
After a few runs, I started to get shin splint – which I only knew the term of after I Googled it. Google also told me it was probably either caused by my shoes. Of course, I would not pass on this opportunity to buy a new pair. The salesman at the store told me I had “wide, full feet”. Which I’m pretty sure is a nice way of saying “fat”. He also told me that indeed for this issue -and for this weight, but he left that out, bless him- good shoes were very important. He also told me to switch terrain if possible, so to not just run on hard surfaces. So now, I sometimes run around a little lake. Together with mosquitoes, dogs and horseflies. Half an hour, here I come.
Walk in the park
Although I’m proud I’m running now, I wanted to do more than that. Incorporate more exercise in each day. Because I commute quite a big distance to work, my hours to exercise are limited. I would love to work out on my lunch break, but I tent to get really red. Purple would be the correct word actually. And we don’t have any showers at the office. So I decided to take a brisk walk in the park instead. It takes a bit of adjustment -prepping lunch at home and preferably eat it before my break- and I miss having lunch with my colleagues, but all in all, it’s a good solution.
Lastly, I would really like to start weight training. Because the muscles that you gain, burn of the fat faster than running and walking will do. The thing is, I really don’t want to go back to the gym. Maybe I should buy some weights and see if I have enough discipline to do it at home? I’m guessing this too won’t be easy.