Day 34: Thursdays are always tricky…

Good evening πŸ™‚

today has been a very sleepy day, a fact that thwarted my plans of early morning running and morphed them into evening shuttles and hula hoops.

I awoke early, the fitbit silent alarm is an interesting feature, and I am getting used to it. It does mean I can get up earlier than Mark without waking him up which is a good thing. Anyway, I awoke and arose at 6am as planned, in plenty of time for my run around the park…however, I also awoke with only 5.5 hrs sleep under my belt and very achy legs from the dancing last night. So instead of running greatness, I descended into sofa snoozing for another hour before dragging myself to work.

I spent a large proprtion of the day a) feeling bad about not going for my run 2) discussing new exercise routines for my friend Rachel and c) figuring out ways to wake myself up and fit more exercise into my day at work.

So here is what I did…every hour more or less, although I didn’t start until just before lunch, I went to the toilets and carried out a mini workout, I did some steppy aerobic style dancing, stretched my arms, shoulders, hamstrings, quads and calves, then I did 10 squats and 10 wall press ups, then I did a bit more jigging about before transforming back to a non dancing office person for the trip back to may desk. I managed 50 squats, and 50 press ups before the end of the day πŸ™‚ I figured every little helps and it got me moving.

So, where this is and interesting way of adding extra movement into my day, It doesn’t constitute 30 mins of exercise. At work I made grand plans to go for a run or a swim or try out a Zumba class, by the time I left my weary status had been restored. I should know, Thursdays are not good days for exercise! When I used to climb, I was never very good on a Thursday. However I really wanted (and according to project rules had to) get something done, so this is what I did:

I did shuttles up and down my garden, running up and walking back, I did 9 there and backs, which adds up to about 1 km and took 15 mins (my garden is about 60 m long). I then got my hula hoop out in the garden and spent the next 15 mins huling in the garden…I have improved from the first time, I can hoop for longer and the process doesn’t hurt as much as it did last week! I have no idea what that means really in terms of fitness but it is a good thing as far as I am concerned πŸ™‚ once the hoopyness was done i did 2 sets of squats, press ups, crunches and leg raises then some stretching.

So not as originally intended, but day 34 complete πŸ™‚


By Sam Catchpole

She/They | Aspiring Strongperson, Photographer, Artist, Writer,

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