You gotta spend some time to buy some time

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Do you sometimes feel like you are stuck in a bit of a rut? I know I do.

Knowing you have a few (or more) stubborn kilos to shift and that exercise has to play some part can seem daunting.  But the truth is, doing the same thing today that we did yesterday, won’t make tomorrow any different.  Sometimes we just have to climb out of the rut and look around for a new way of doing things. Sometimes a small shift in how we think can make a big shift in what we do.

For me, with the hot days of summer fading fast, I realise I have can no longer hide behind the excuse of ‘its too hot’.  It may be getting darker in the evenings, but there is still enough light and of course the there are the weekends to make good use of. So it is time to set a target and make a change.

City to Surf 2014 is 31 August – about 18 weeks away.  I have read that it is possible to go from couch (potato) to Marathon fit in 18 weeks!  I think that could be a bit of a stretch for me and I am not so sure that my old bones would thank me for such a distance.  I ran 4k a few years ago so if I get back out and do some training I know I can do it again.  This time maybe I should set myself a new goal of 12k.

Time for change

For anyone out there that wonders whether they can do it, know that you can.  There are some wonderful and simple apps for phones that can help you to go from couch to 5k (C2 5K) in five weeks etc, starting at running for 60 seconds and walking for two minutes,. Only running every other day and sessions are 25-30 minutes.  Lets face it, most of us can find that either before we jump in the shower in the morning or before we start prepping our supper in the evening.

I saw a really interesting YouTube – Ted TV video on exercise that pleased me somewhat.  It seems that the evidence is showing that exercise of course is good for us and undoubtedly will increase life expectancy and quality of life.  But the evidence is also showing that while more is better than nothing, less is better than more.  Now that is great news!  It means that we don’t have to aim for marathon distance, or hard exercise for several hours every day.  But we do have to do something – 2-3 times per week that gets the heart working – and keeps it strong.  A brisk walk, Jacobs Ladder, a twenty-minute run/walk.

For those of us who are time poor – and lets face it most of us will say we are, another way to think of it is an hour or two per week spent now plus some brisk walks here and there, will add 2-7 years to our lives.  More importantly, it will likely increase the quality of our lives.  strengthening our lungs, our hearts, improving our balance, and reducing the risk of chronic diseases ranging from diabetes to dementia.

So, will I see you at the start line on 31 August?