So much has changed with regard to the way I have been training that I decided I was due to write another fitness update. Here are some developments.
In my last post, I mentioned that I was trying to make these a priority. I’m pleased to say that in the past six weeks, I have been doing the exercises for my shoulder and neck that my trainer Alice prescribed for me twice a day, once in the morning with my workout at the gym and once in the evening at home using the band I purchased from Kmart. In this short time, I have already noticed a huge difference. In the morning, I used to wake up feeling stiff and sore but since I have been doing my exercises twice a day, this is no longer the case and I generally feel much looser in the neck and left shoulder. I am excited about the possibility that in the long term, they may help to prevent injuries.
Given my focus on rehab and mobility work, I have cut running from my training programme due to the impact it has on my neck and shoulder. After I completed a 10k race at Sri Chinmoy a few months ago, my shoulder started hurting after the race and I had to go back to the physio. It was like being back to square one all over again! After discussing the matter with my trainer Alice, we agreed that my cardio would focus on other things such as walking and using the cardio machines at the gym. However, I have still been able to compete in the Sri Chinmoy races during winter, except I switched to the 5k option in light of my injuries. As a die hard 10k runner, it was very difficult for me to do this (as well as eliminate running from my training) but I had to focus on the bigger picture. The last thing I want is my injuries preventing me from gardening, which is my world! My gym friend and fitness instructor Maureen also competes in the 5k race due to her own injuries and has been an excellent role model for me.
Meal replacement shakes
I have basically weaned myself off these and have returned to eating proper meals. I just love sitting at the table and having dinner with mum, which is something I missed when I used to have a shake instead of eating dinner.
I have continued to lose weight, albeit at a slower pace to my weight loss journey in 2018. I think part of the reason is because I’m doing much lower intensity cardio due to my injuries. But it’s important that I maintain perspective and take a holistic view of my body. There’s no point constantly getting injured and having to go to the physio, as it interrupts my training and more importantly, my gardening activity.
I haven’t been doing as much walking outside due to it being very cold in July, but with August around the corner I’m hoping this will change and I’ll be more active outdoors. I used to do my walks around the neighbourhood in the late afternoons, after finishing all my work in the garden. It helped me increase the number of steps I take every day and reach my target of 10k steps (as directed by the World Health Organisation)
It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post about my fitness journey so I thought an update was due.
During lockdown, I got into the bad habit of weighing myself daily. I think I started doing this to keep myself on track, because I was really worried that I would go back to my old ways of bingeing on junk food, especially with the gym being shut and not being able to see my personal trainer, which keeps me accountable. When I eventually returned to the gym when it reopened at Level 2, I spoke to my trainer about it and she told me not to do this as it was becoming an obsession. I immediately stopped and now weigh myself once a week, which is much better.
Meal replacement shakes
I became frustrated with the pace at which I was losing weight, so to speed things up, I contemplated going from having one meal replacement shake for dinner to having three shakes to replace all of my meals. I don’t think I ever actually got to a point of having three shakes – two was the most that I ever had. My personal trainer wasn’t happy about this at all, from a nutritional and health perspective. I agreed to going back to having just one a day for the next month, with the view to completely weaning myself off them in future. It’s much better for you to just eat real food!
As I may have mentioned in previous posts, I suffer from a lot of ongoing problems with my neck, shoulder and trapezius. Last year, my trainer started integrating some exercises into my programme to help with these problem areas. The thing was that I hated doing them and longed to spend my gym time doing “fun” stuff, such as weights and conditioning. After making no progress towards addressing these areas of weakness over the past year and feeling bad about having such a negative attitude towards them, I decided that it was time I took action. Alice and Phil, the personal trainer manager at the gym, both suggested that for best results I do the exercises as often as possible, so I recently purchased a band from K-Mart so I can do Reverse-Ys, one of the exercises, here at home (see picture). While it’s still early days, I’m pleased that I have made a step in the right direction and hope to develop a daily habit of doing these exercises. It should become a bit like brushing my teeth in the morning.
Due to my injuries (which are a lot better, but I’m looking towards prevention in the future), I’m not supposed to do long runs anymore. The problem is that during my runs my shoulders end up hunched up, which isn’t good for my posture. My trainer Alice suggested that I break my 10 k runs into several shorter runs of a couple of Ks each. Two weeks ago, she said that I could compete in a 10k race in the Sri Chinmoy series in the Auckland Domain, which I did. I completed the course in 1 hour 23 minutes and 1 second, which I was very happy with given issues with my weight and injuries over the last year. There is another race in a week’s time which Alice is happy for me to compete in and I am looking forward to heading down to the Domain for the next event.
Recently I installed the Google Fit app on my phone, which tracks how many steps you have been taking each day. The reason for doing this was to give myself a new goal and motivate myself to exercise every day (and enjoy it). I aim to complete 10k steps every day, which is what the World Health Organisation suggests that we do.
Whether you’re on a weight loss journey or simply want to maintain your current level of fitness, staying motivated can be challenging. I have come up with some tips to help you stay on track.
1. Track your steps
If you need the extra push to be more active, consider tracking the number of steps you take every day. The World Health Organisation recommends that we take 10,000 steps a day. There are many mobile phone apps that have a step tracking function (some of which are free, such as Walk Tracker and Google Fit) or you can invest in a tool specifically designed for this purpose, such as a Fitbit. This measures other things such as calories burned and your heart rate. If you’re using the calorie counting app My Fitness Pal, you can connect it to your pedometer or step counting app, so it tells you not just how many calories you have consumed but also how many steps you have taken.
2. Read health and fitness magazines
While you have to take what they say with a grain of salt, reading health magazines in your spare time is a great way to stay up to date with fitness developments and increase your knowledge of health and fitness. As an avid runner, I really like Runner’s World.
3. Subscribe to sports events emails
While not much is taking place at the moment due to Covid, being on the mailing list for running and other events is a great way to stay informed about what’s happening and may even inspire you to participate. I receive emails to notify me when 10k running races are taking place in Auckland, which I enjoy competing in.
4. Buy some new exercise gear every season
There’s nothing to inspire you to exercise more than the thought of having new gym gear! Update your exercise wardrobe each season, even if it’s just adding a t-shirt or some new socks to what you already have if everything you wear is still in good condition. Sports stores have good sales from time to time so keep an eye out.
5. Weigh yourself more regularly
This might be a little controversial, but I actually find weighing myself more regularly helps me stay focussed on my weight loss goals. I used to weigh myself once a week during my personal training session at the gym and believed that weighing any more often was obsessive and unhealthy. Prior to lockdown, I purchased some new bathroom scales as my gym was closed and I couldn’t train with my PT. I found myself weighing every day in the morning. It became something of a ritual. Over the past eight weeks that I have been doing this, not once have I strayed from my meal plan and I managed to exercise nearly every day (I might have had a couple of days off here and there when I felt really drained). If weighing more regularly than once a week helps you to stay motivated and on track, I say go for it. I wouldn’t want to be weighing myself any more than once a day though. That might be too much.
As many of you will be aware, I am currently on a weight loss journey. This time around, it is much harder and I hope to blog regularly to help me stay on track and update you all as I make progress. I have put together a list of 5 top tips to help other people lose weight, too.
1. Make sure you have a calorie deficit
One of the mistakes a lot of people make is that they don’t realise their consumption exceeds their output. If your calorie intake is greater than what you are expending, you will gain weight! Don’t get me wrong, macros are very important but this is the starting point. If you get this right, everything else will follow. If you’re unsure of how much you are consuming, you can record your intake with an app such as My Fitness Pal, which is what I do. This means that you must weigh and measure all your food to ensure that you are inputting the correct values for every item you eat. Don’t forget to include any activity, as exercise burns calories. While this sounds like a chore, you do get used to doing it after a while. It depends on how much you want to lose weight. For me, the promised results outweighs the hassle.
2. Eat enough protein
Protein is your friend on your weight loss journey as it leaves you feeling full for longer. It’s found in foods such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy, tofu and legumes. The amount of protein you should have every day depends on a lot of factors such as gender and your age, but it’s hard to get the required amount you need even if you eat meat. I find having a serve of protein powder in the morning helps me reach my goal. Meal replacement shakes also contain a serve of protein, so if you’re having one as a substitute for a meal, you can be assured that you’re not missing out.
3. Set a final goal, but have mini goals
To keep you motivated, it can help having a final goal weight. But it is just as important to set some mini goals, that is, key milestones along your journey. This breaks up the journey and makes the end goal seem less daunting. My starting weight this time around was 87.4 kg and my mini goals are 80 kg and 70 kg, before I hopefully reach my goal weight of 60 kg by the end of the year.
4. Track your progress
Weigh and measure yourself at regular intervals and record the results somewhere. That way, you’ll be able to look over your progress and see how far you’ve come. Whenever I’m feeling a bit down, I always look at my previous results to make myself feel a bit better and help stay on track to my target. Recently, I have started taking photos of myself at different stages so I can actually see the results, too.
5. Don’t be afraid to get help when you need it
Some people are happy to be on their weight loss journey alone and get the results they are looking for, but sometimes you need support. Seeing a personal trainer at the gym is one of the most common ways of receiving help and can be beneficial. With the help of my personal trainer Alice at Les Mills in Howick, I managed to reduce my weight from 93.3 kg when I first started seeing her in July 2018 to 79.9 kg (my weight yesterday). In slightly under two years, I have managed to lose 13.4 kg with Alice’s help.
If you lack the motivation and know-how to lose weight on your own, you can join a weight loss programme such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig. You’ll meet with an expert who will coach you on the tools you need in order to lose weight. Weight Watchers also has support in the form of a community of people who are on the same programme, working towards the same goal of losing weight. I haven’t done Jenny Craig before but used to belong to Weight Watchers and did manage to lose quite a bit of weight on the programme. Jenny Craig supply you with food, so everything is pre-portioned and packaged. There’s no excuse to overeat! You just need the willpower to avoid going off-piste and snacking outside the programme. If you follow Jenny’s programme, you should find that you have the calorie deficit you need in order to lose weight. In time, they will wean you off her meals and encourage you to cook on your own. So, unfortunately, you’ll eventually have to get used to weighing and measuring your own food. In saying that, I think it can be very helpful in the beginning, especially if you are struggling to get started or are very busy and don’t have time to prepare your meals.
On 4th March this year I embarked on another weight loss journey and over the past eight weeks, I have managed to lose 5.8 kg. A couple of weeks ago, I hit a plateau and not only found it difficult to progress beyond 82 kg but I also noticed that the weight started creeping back on! I thought it would be timely to write a post with some ideas for losing weight. With many countries still in a state of lockdown, facilities might not be completely operational but there’s no time like the present to start giving thought to a weight loss plan so you’ll be in great shape for summer.
Meal replacement shakes
As I mentioned in my previous post, I have recently started having an Optislim VLCD shake as a substitute for dinner. The chocolate shake which I have been having contains 153 calories. I have been having this for a week now and it’s working out really well. In that time, I have lost 1.6 kg. It’s possible to take it as a substitute for breakfast or lunch, but dinner suits me best. I’m very active in the early part of the day, exercising and gardening intensively, so I need food for fuel for breakfast and lunch. I eat a big lunch, so a light dinner consisting of just the meal replacement shake seems to work well for me. Everyone’s different, so if you’re keen to give it a go, experiment to find out what works best for you. It is possible to replace every meal with a shake, but I wouldn’t really recommend this. It’s not sustainable in the long term and you’re very likely to put any weight lost back on quickly.
With the gym shut, I am still exercising at home. This week, I started doing a Kayla Itsines 4 week total body workout which I read about in Women’s Health magazine. This workout appealed to me because it requires no fitness equipment. I do have a few bits and pieces at home but I’m getting sick of using what I’ve got. I’m new to Kayla Itsines’ workouts, but the one I’m doing is 28 minutes in length and consists of four seven-minute circuits, where you superset two sets of four different exercises. This one is meant to be done three times per week. On Monday you do abs and arms, on Wednesday you work the lower body and on Friday you do a total body workout. It’s too soon to say how effective this workout is but I have done two workouts so far – abs and arms and the lower body. My abs were so sore for days after the abs and arms workout! What I really like about Kayla Itsines is that she doesn’t talk a lot. She is like a machine and you just get into it. It really annoys me when presenters talk too much during their exercise videos and puts me off doing them. I would prefer to just get on with it and focus on what I am doing.
Now that the free Les Mills exercise classes are no longer screening on TV, I had to come up with some alternatives. I have done a couple of virtual Les Mills classes by Josie and Issac from One More Rep Fitness, which I really enjoyed. I also managed to find a few Les Mills Balance classes on You Tube. It’s hard to find Les Mills classes on the internet as they want you to subscribe to Les Mills On Demand, which gives you access to a huge range of their exercise classes. However, I have been having trouble subscribing as the system won’t accept my credit card and this issue is still being sorted out for me.
Push up challenge
Some of you will have seen that there is a push up challenge going around on Facebook, where nominees are invited to do 25 push ups for 25 days to raise awareness for mental illness. I was nominated by my gym friend Stacy Guttenberg and started the challenge 12 days ago, so I am about half way through it. If you are invited to participate, I strongly urge you to give it a go. Don’t worry if you can’t do any on your toes. When I first started the challenge, I did them all on my knees and each day, did one on my toes, adding another each day as I went along. I can now do 12 push ups non-stop on my toes! It is a great way of building upper body strength and like the Kayla Itsines workout above, it can be done without any equipment.
Instagram page or Facebook page
To give yourself a push, why not set up a personal Instagram or Facebook page dedicated to your health and fitness journey? I created an Instagram page tracking my weight loss journey and invited my personal trainer and some close friends to follow me. Although it was never really designed to attract a large audience, I have a modest following of 50 people, some of whom I don’t know who were inspired by my posts and decided to follow me. I post photos of meals and workouts, write an exercise diary and provide updates on my weight loss progress. I try and post every day and I find it really helps me to stay on track by making me accountable. I receive a lot of positive comments which makes me feel good about myself and encourages me to continue on my journey.
There are some many healthy recipes on the internet, but some of our favourite ones come from Weight Watchers. Now that we’re a bit freer to shop at the supermarket without undue restrictions, it’s possible to get the ingredients you need to try out a new meal.
It has been awhile since I’ve written an update on my weight loss journey and a lot has happened since my last post. For the past month we have been in a state of national lockdown due to Covid-19. Even so, I managed to lose nearly 5 kg! With the gym shut and no access to the personal trainer I see every week, I have had to hold myself accountable for exercise and stay on track with my diet. My exercise has consisted mainly of running, walking and virtual exercise classes, with some occasional weight training in my home gym. I have been pretty consistent in logging my food intake with the app My Fitness Pal.
My weight fell from a starting point of 87.4 kg to 81.7 kg last week, but since then it has slowly started creeping back up. My weight yesterday was 83.2 kg so I decided to take action and try something a little different. My GP who is aware of my weight struggles since I developed schizophrenia a decade ago once suggested that I substitute a meal with a replacement shake. The last time I embarked on a weight loss journey two years ago, I managed to lose 26 kg while eating three meals a day, so this was not necessary. However, this time I have been struggling to bring my weight below 80 kg and was alarmed to see it increase slightly every day. I did some research into the different products on the market and Optislim stood out as a leading brand which was also affordable, working out at approximately $1 per meal. Yesterday I went to the Chemist Warehouse and purchased two boxes of the pictured product.
Now, some of you may be thinking that I have ventured into crash dieting but I assure you that this is not the case. I only intend to replace ONE meal with a replacement shake, NOT all three which is what some people do in order to lose weight very quickly. It is only a temporary measure; in time I intend to resume eating three meals (plus the occasional snack if I need it). My GP was actually the one that suggested it to me, at the rate of ONE meal replacement per day, so it must be a safe and healthy way to manage weight.
I was very nervous about telling my personal trainer but I don’t keep secrets from her. Incredibly, she was very supportive about the way I am using the product and said she even does the same thing herself on some days when she can’t be bothered to cook.
I must say that it helps me remain within 1,200 calories per day, which was always a struggle to achieve when I was eating three meals (but it is not impossible and can be done).
It’s early days yet but overnight my weight has fallen 900g to 82.3 kg. I know that I shouldn’t weigh myself every day but I had to take control of the situation once I noticed my weight slowly creeping upwards. Keeping an eye on the numbers helps me to stay on track, especially since I don’t have access to the gym and my personal trainer at the moment. It is fascinating how much your weight fluctuates not only from day to day but even hourly.
I will post another update on this product later on. As some of you will be aware, I am an extremely passionate gardener and am a brand ambassador for some of New Zealand’s leading gardening businesses. My journey as a health and fitness influencer is relatively new but I would be interested in exploring whether it is possible to become a brand ambassador for any businesses in the health and fitness sectors. If you are interested in collaborating and would like me to help promote your product, please feel free to reach out to me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact me using the form on my website.
With many countries around the world going into lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, I thought it might be useful to write a post about exercising in the face of these restrictions. Even though gyms will be closed, there are many ways you can continue to keep fit, healthy and strong, even if you don’t have any equipment. In New Zealand, the online stores of most retailers are closed and are not delivering goods, so it may be difficult to order exercise equipment at this time. In this case, my advice is to do the best with what you have and be creative! This blog post will focus on what you can do without exercise equipment.
Here are some ideas for exercising in Covid-19 times.
Whether you are allowed to exercise outside depends on your lockdown restrictions, which vary from country to country. In New Zealand, we are allowed to exercise outside so long as we remain with people in our lockdown “bubble” and maintain a 2m distance from other people. Going for a walk ensures you get some fresh air. It is low impact, making it a great form of exercise for beginners or people with injuries.
Running is another great form of exercise that can be done at a nearby park or even around the streets where you live. Before you go, just make sure that you’re allowed to exercise outdoors if you’re in lockdown. Make sure you wear some good quality running shoes to prevent injuries. If you’re new to running, you may want to start with walking and build it up from there.
Les Mills classes
The Fitness Giant Les Mills is screening live exercise classes on TV 1. If you miss an episode or want to do it some other time, you can access episodes On Demand.
You can also sign up to Les Mills On Demand, which gives you unlimited access to a range of exercise classes which you can do in the comfort of your own home.
In my last entry back in December, I mentioned that I had reduced the frequency of personal training from weekly to six weekly as I wanted to motivate myself more on my fitness journey. December was an interesting month for me. I did well in some ways, exercising every day and losing 2 kg over Christmas, but then I promptly put it back on after binging on junk food. After that, I managed to get myself back on track and in the past ten days have managed to lose 2.1 kg. However, that painful lesson taught me that perhaps I need greater accountability than just to myself. I got back in touch with my trainer Alice from Les Mills Howick and asked if she had an afternoon slot at the same time every week so I could start our weekly training sessions again. Luckily she was very keen for me to get back into it so I will be seeing her on Thursdays at 2 pm from now on. I’m not sure if I will weigh every week when I see Alice. I might have to defer to her expert opinion on whether this is a good idea.
So I now stand at 87.2 kg. I have a long road ahead of me. My goal weight isn’t 70 kg. I actually want to get down to 60 kg, which I haven’t been since my early thirties when I used to go to True Woman’s Gym in Manukau. Is it achievable? I hope so. I have to believe it is. I know that it will be hard, so I have broken it up into a series of mini goals. My first milestone will be to get down to 80 kg. From there the next mini goal is 70 kg. After that, will be the challenging goal to get down to 60 kg.
Over the past week I haven’t been so good at recording my food intake (despite managing to lose 2.1 kg). Also I have been eating a lot of delicious summer stone fruit, which I need to keep in moderation as fruit contains quite a bit of sugar. I want to go back to My Fitness Pal and record what I eat, which helped during my first fitness journey with Les Mills back in 2018 (actually this was the second fitness journey with Les Mills, the first being when I joined them back in 2015 after they took over from All Seasons). I don’t like that my life has turned into a cycle of losing weight, regaining it, joining and leaving gyms and I am working very hard to change this. I know I don’t have the best relationship with food, something which I’m also working hard to change especially since I can’t continue to binge on sugary foods every time the cravings take over me as it’s bad for my diabetes. I think I’m struggling with things that a lot of people are so I take heart in that. It’s not easy to get out of bad habits and make long-term lifestyle changes but I’m determined to do it, and I’m not confident that this time I’ll get it right. I’m sure there will be times I fall off the wagon and need to get back on the horse again, and I’m willing to swallow my pride and return to the gym heavier, having eaten badly as I have in the past. What I can’t lose is my positive can-do attitude which I started the New Year with. No matter how far I am into 2020 and how I feel things have gone, I simply have to get back on my feet. It’s not just fitness goals that are weight related – some day I do dream of being fit enough to tackle the Abel Tasman National Park and do the Routeburn with Ultimate Hikes. Some of my broader life goals, including my career, depend on me losing weight and in the future if I manage to do this and make progress in these other areas of my life I am excited to be able to share them with you. For now though, they seem very far off but every time I feel daunted by the enormity of my fitness journey I reflect on them and trawl the web for related sites, so I don’t lose sight of my goals.
Wherever you are on your fitness journey, may I commend you for being on one for a start. It is the first step on a long and difficult road. Don’t be too hard on yourself. I wish you all the best with your fitness and life goals for 2020.
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As mentioned in my goals for 2020, I have recently reduced the frequency of personal training at the gym from weekly to six weekly. You might be wondering why I did this, when one of my goals is to continue with my health and fitness journey and lose weight. Surely, the accountability that comes from seeing a trainer and weighing once a week would help keep me on track? You might think, but this didn’t really work for me in 2019. I had a great year in 2018, managing to lose 26 kg while seeing Alice every week, but after I recovered from a relapse and returned to the gym (having put some of that weight back on), it didn’t really help me. For one, I found personal training every week stressful on top of my commitments regarding the garden and hosting the wwoofers who have been staying with us to help us out. I was always cancelling, which didn’t make me feel good. I also didn’t want to annoy my trainer and felt that I was letting her down. Another thing was that I found weekly weigh-ins too much. I became so upset if the scales hadn’t budged and started to eat things I shouldn’t because I felt so depressed. Over the past few months, I did some reflecting on this year with regard to my health and fitness journey, as I didn’t want to make the same mistakes again next year. That’s why I decided to adopt a different strategy.
Although I made excellent progress seeing a trainer every week back in 2018, before that I have also gotten great results without seeing a trainer (and even gym) at all. You might recall me mentioning that I lost quite a bit of weight on my own. Yes, it is possible to train yourself! Sure, it takes some discipline and self-motivation, but it can be done in my experience. I used to train myself when I lived in Europe during my 20s. I’m not sure there is such thing as having a personal trainer in France! The thing is, I really like seeing my personal trainer Alice and she has helped me tremendously in the past, so somehow I wanted to marry the two together and strike a balance between seeing a trainer and training myself. This means that I will continue to have fresh exercise programmes in the weights area of the gym, which I can do myself. It also means accountability but rather than being obsessed with the scales, I can instead focus on the food scales every day, weighing, measuring and recording my intake so I get things right on a micro level. I hope that by weighing every six weeks, I am actually able to make better progress with weight loss, but time will tell.
In the past week, I have also started doing 10k runs again, even though they are on the slow side. In 2019, I mainly only ran 5ks because I thought I would do the Swim and Run series put on by the North Harbour Triathlon Club and that is the maximum distance. However, I attended an ocean swimming clinic put on by Banana Boat back in November and quickly learnt that ocean swimming isn’t for me. Just because you can swim in a pool, it doesn’t mean that you’ll find it easy to swim in the sea! The water was as thick as soup and I couldn’t see a thing! This left me devastated, because training for the entire year had revolved around this goal and I felt crushed by the fact that I wouldn’t be able to compete in the series, not to mention the fact I had missed the opportunity to compete in the first half of the YMCA 10k Summer Series, which I had done in 2018. It took awhile for me to pick myself up but I managed to develop a better long term outlook and set new goals for 2020, including health and fitness ones.
Now that the outdoor swimming pool in my community has opened, I have started going for a 45 minute swim every evening when they close the pool to all but lane swimmers. I have really been enjoying this time to relax and unwind after a busy day in the garden, usually with wwoofers.
Speaking of wwoofers, we have been taking them more regularly to try and help me prevent the injuries which I have been getting regularly, which all stem from gardening and not from the gym or running. My personal trainer has also incorporated some rehab work into my training programme so we can get to the root of some of the problems I have been having.
Finally, I have cancelled my Netflix subscription and instead subscribed to Les Mills On Demand so I can exercise in my own time at home if I can’t make it to the gym.
Lately, I have been finding it a real struggle to get to the gym. Although I have a membership at New Zealand’s best gym, Les Mills, it doesn’t make it any easier to actually use my membership. The main problem is that spring is typically the busiest time for gardeners and we have been hosting a constant stream of wwoofers to help me get on top of things. Although I always say that I’m going to reduce the scale of the garden each summer, that never ends up happening and I always end up being way in over my head! Unfortunately, this also means that I don’t have time to see my trainer, so I have had to resort to training myself, which can always be challenging.
I have already written about the benefits of having a home gym, but in this blog post I thought I would go a step further and provide some ideas for exercises that you can do outside the gym. For those of you that travel for work or pleasure, you may find these exercises useful as you can do them on the road. Some of these exercises use some basic gym equipment which I have invested in over the years.
Please note that I am not a qualified personal trainer but have been an avid gym goer and exercise fanatic over the past 20 years, so I merely hope to pass on some thoughts I have had about exercising remotely to others.
Cardio that doesn’t require a gym