Ok, today I started with some walking. I haven’t walked for exercise for at least 3 years. Even them I use to walk maybe 3 or 4 times a month for 30 minutes, so I don’t know if you would call it strenuous exercise. It was more of a getting out with the girls sort of activity. I thought that I would start making it a routine of 3 times per week for 45 minutes. It’s going to start off slowly (I didn’t want to kill myself on the first day!). I found this website by the American Heart Association that shows all the benefits of walking.
I drove a circuit with my car that measures 2.5 miles. It’s fairly flat, but there is a little hill right at the end to test me out. This means I need to average 3.3 miles per hour. That’s a pretty slow walk. After a while I’ll add a block here and a block there as my average speed increases.
But obviously I needed to be dressed for it! Before my walk I went to the local sports store and bought myself a $100 pair of Nike. I also bought myself a couple of sports bras and a nice pair of leggings. I was all set. I was surprised at the damage one can cause to one’s breasts if they aren’t supported properly (link).
I made it back home by 5pm ready for my walk (it had cooled off by then). It was a beautiful evening, maybe 70 degrees outside. Perfect walking temperature. I copied across my Rosetta Stone Japanese lesson plan onto my MP3 player, so I could learn as I walked (I didn’t previously mention but we have a stop on our honeymoon in Japan, so I want to learn some Japanese – talk about multi tasking!).
By 5:30pm I was off. I took it slow and made it around the circuit in 48 minutes. Not too bad at all if you ask me. I wasn’t even that exhausted. Maybe I might be able to push myself out to an hour or pick up the pace a little.
After a shower I was back into my nightly routine. Well that was easy! No issues at all and I felt so good about myself. It didn’t really take any time out of my day either. I probably would have just been watching some TV. Walking is a much better activity than sitting on my butt watching the junk that is on TV these days. I’m off to a great start and so happy about it!
I think in the next few days I will look into an exercise video (might be able to get a free one from You-tube). I’m pretty flexible, so I might give yoga a go. I do like the idea of getting my zen on.
Stats to date – 2 days in, 0 pounds lost (obviously not worried yet as we have only just started)