As my day consists of sitting at a desk and evenings aren’t as active as they should be, at the beginning of the year I made the decision to take my fitness a bit more seriously than I have before.

When I was a kid up until I was about 14/15 I thought of myself as fairly fit.. then the home PC was introduced now I am pretty sure this caused my weight to increase and my fitness to decrease as you would expect – instead of getting outside playing football you revert to the computer and as a result no exercise doesn’t take a genius to work out the consequences.

I’m now 23 and I now try to get out and run at least 3 times a week. I started back in February with a break when I moved into my new flat (April) so I’ve been trying to kept this up for say 9 months now. To start with if I’m being serious I found it near enough impossible to do any kind of distance (stopping half say half a mile in). I persisted and can now continue for around 3 miles without a break this is doing a steady pace – recently began building some sprints in along the way!

Read somewhere recently to do run as far as you can in 12 minutes with the following being a judge of how fit you are;

  • Over 2,700m – Excellent
  • 2,300m to 2,700m – Good
  • 1,900m to 2,299m – Average
  • 1,500m to 1,899m – Below Average
  • Less than 1,500m – Poor

Timed with a watch measured with google maps I managed approx 2,500m so can’t be doing too badly also the following (64 resting heart beat), with the following as a guide;

  • 100 – Unfit
  • 90
  • 75 – Average
  • 60
  • 50 – Very Fit

I struggled to keep it up to start with but now I really think I’m addicted that feeling once your back how fresh you feel (after rest). I’m sure my body is all the better for it as well hardly ever get badly out of breath occasionally aches in the legs no pains though.

My aim is to now build my distances up slowly no rush I’m pretty sure it will come – perhaps one day run in a half marathon (thats my goal) amongst other things.. (well one thing in particular requires a fair bit of fitness) so I will persist praps update in a few months.

I would ideally like to join a gym to build my muscle up but not too much an issue just the inactivity in a day which annoys me plus cost of gym membership – its good to keep active you defiantly feel the benefits (more energy etc). Also daily throw in a few press ups for good measure.

The other thing purchased recently is a NSD Powerball. Great little device god knows how it works basically spinning ball you grip in your hand as it gets faster the harder it is to hold onto and increase its speed. Great for grip strength and wrists (using keyboard and mice) all day will hopefully prevent RSI while building my arm strength?

Post by: Richard

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