If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen my FitBit challenge I created with fellow followers and friends on my FitBit App. The challenge: Complete 2,000 steps before 9am Sunday 10th January (today). Not a huge challenge but still one to get you motivated early in the day.
Me and my boyfriend set off at 7.30 this morning bracing the wet and cold weather with just the intentions of completing the challenge by fast pace walking. However, 5 minutes into the walk we both thought “Shall we try running this?”. So, that’s exactly what we did. We started with interval runs. 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. We done this for about 10 minutes until we switched it to 30 on, 10 off. Surprisingly we continued this for 5 miles and instead of completing 2,000 steps we hit 8,606 steps. We were both totally gobsmacked seeing as we had never even ran before, let alone against heavy rain and wind.
I’ve been debating whether to start running for a while now. Preferably, my overall fitness plan includes more weights than cardio. However, since focusing more on weights i’ve found my stamina has decreased a little. I don’t plan on running every single day but it’s something that i’ve wanted to try and see if I enjoy it. I will never force myself into an exercise I hate. Why would I? That is probably one of the main reasons why many people find exercising difficult because they choose exercises that they don’t enjoy. But, that’s for a whole new blog post.
I enjoyed the run this morning but more than anything I enjoyed pushing myself with a completely new challenge that my body wasn’t used to. I find it important to switch your fitness routine up to challenge your body and keep it guessing. When your body becomes used to a certain exercise you may find that your muscles are no longer challenged. Switch things up and use new exercises that use your muscles in different ways.
Now, after today and my response to running I will be including it in my schedule every Sunday morning with my boyfriend. That’s all we have planned for now however, I may increase it to twice a week to progress further. I’m not sure I would have run as far as I did if I didn’t have somebody with me. We found ourselves pushing each other forward and setting goals such as, “See if we can make it to the school”.. “Ok, now let’s just carry on to the next shop”.. “Alright, let’s just run all the way home then!”. We’re both fairy stubborn and don’t like to give in so it worked out a perfect way to push each other. It’s also a great way for us to spend time together. Perhaps a workout partner is something you may need if you find yourself in a rut with fitness.
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