Category Archives: General Health

How Running Can Prevent the Common Cold

Lesser Evil Life has this useful infographic on how running prevents to the common cold. With virus season just around the corner, these little factoids remind you to break out your hat and windbreaker and get outside!

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Getting Fit – Ghostbusters Style

Again, another great Nerd Fitness article to help focus the mind. This time it draws links (tenuous at times) between the Ghostbusters and any person’s journey to becoming fit!

Crossing the streams, building up skills and doing your best are all mentioned, showing me (at least) how best to focus my efforts to self improvement. As I posted a few days ago, I am taking each bit of my masterplan one step at a time. Starting off, I am getting into a routine which is sustainable for exercise. Then, I will gradually make specific changes to my diet over a period of time to end up making a full set of changes.

So far, I have a decent weights workout in, a good 10k plan which I am following and some solid ideas on how to improve my diet.

However…. disaster has struck (I use the term loosely and with hyperbole). The weekend, my phone, which contains Zombies, Run!, Endomondo, my 10k plan, my playlist and my weights app – managed to die. Completely. It is now winging its way back to Virgin, who hopefully will have it sorted by the end of the week and back with me by Monday.

For most people, they wouldn’t care, but if you haven’t already noticed, I am a geek. My tech is my way of control. Yes, all my workouts are backed up “a la cloud”, my playlist was on my SD card, and on a more personal note, my photos from my son’s birthday were backed up automatically to my Google+ account. [Note to everybody: Set up this automatic upload if you are on Android, alternatives on other OS. Find a good backup app and run it every few weeks on your messages, contacts, calendar etc – it will pay off at some point.]

So ultimate disaster was averted, but I am now using my old school iPod Touch for music (no GPS, and old OS so no apps work… plus the screen is quite well shattered) and hoping that I am doing something worthwhile in my workouts.

In other news, I am feeling energized, and after a good weights workout yesterday, don’t feel any actual pain! Always good!

Chill Out!

This fitness lark is stressful. As much as people will scream and shout that exercise calms you down, being physically fit improves mental fitness, and that it is easy “when you know how”, it isn’t…. let me make myself clear.

For me, and I am sure many others, there are a number of thoughts which go through my head in the process of trying to get fit.

“What sort of workout should I do?”
“What food plan should I follow?”
“Am I doing enough?”
“Should I do more and risk injury or keep myself fresh?”
“Why aren’t I seeing results?”
“Do I workout before or after work?”
“Have I got all of my gear to go straight from work?”
“What else can I do to make a difference?”
“Why do my calves/ribs/shoulders/knees/toes hurt?”

Will I be good enough standard for xxx date?”
“Should I spend less time doing xxx when I could be yyy?”

I could go on…. but I am not planning to. There are many more thoughts which I go through on a weekly basis.

Well, I did. Until I decided to buck up, shut up, and get on with it.

I know that if I read everything there is to read, follow everyone’s advice and eat what I am told to by everybody, I will go slightly mad and lose the will to continue.

With this in mind, I have taken the following steps:

~ Started eating healthily. Simple enough, cut out a lot of the rubbish, replaced with fruit / veg.
~ Chosen a workout plan which suits me. Alternating weights & cardio, fitting in swimming where I can.

~ Taken photos of myself & halted the weighing. It is quite easy to become obsessed with numbers, facts & figures. How I feel and look is a lot more important than what the scales say. With this in mind, my results are how much *more* I can lift, run, jump, swim; and how I look is the most important.

~ Stopped stressing – Sometimes I need to accept that I will not eat perfectly. Other times I need to acknowledge that I will miss a workout, am a little too tired to push myself to the peak or as a result of this, I will not see results as quickly as I would like.

If I don’t make my November target, so what?! I would like to, and am aiming to do so, but if my progress is insufficient to do so, then I would much prefer a sustainable fitness gain that something I may lose interest in after hitting my goal. Take tomorrow for example, my son’s 4th birthday. It will involve cake, McDonalds and no doubt ice cream… and so what! I will take a day, enjoy my day, but come Sunday I will get back on it (plans to rearrange the bedrooms – lifting, carrying, moving etc – in this heat!) then back to the gym when I am back at work.

Just a quick one today…

Had a great workout last night on the weights, felt good afterwards, although after waking up stiff, didn’t really feel it!

Have some good posts lined up, just need to get them typed up ready!