Hi everyone. I am showered and keen to tell you about my first day. For the first week of this program, I am to walk 10-20 minutes, 3 times a week. In that week I also have to complete resistance exercises, twice in the week, which they suggest to alternate with the walking days. So, today, I walked. Let me tell you about the challenges first up. It’s school holidays so I had to walk when my husband is here with the kids. At present, that’s no problem. Then, I had to choose a time to walk. Again, that was okay. After doing some morning jobs, I got organised to go. I had had a shower the night before so I felt okay just getting dressed. I put on sunscreen first then I got out my running pants which I bought 12 months ago. They are like new as last year was another failed attempt at sticking with exercise. What I found most telling, was that I pulled on a pair of Nike runners that I bought twenty years ago. They are still in great shape! So two decades ago I had planned to exercise. Today is the first day that I feel differently about what I’m about to undertake. Hopefully I will need to buy a new pair of shoes! Once I set off I timed my walk. I had read that I had to walk in ten minute lots to get the benefit. I walked to the coffee shop, which took 15 minutes. Yes, I stopped and had a coffee. I guess I need little treats to get me through this. But I felt happy doing that. I’d already completed the 10-20 minute walk. The other thing I had to do was to check my breathing to see if I was over or underdoing it. Once I got into a quick walk for 5 minutes, I tried to sing a song. I was able to so knew that I needed to walk faster. Not sure if I can go faster but I will see. On the way back from the coffee, I walked for 7 minutes (I took a shorter route back) to get home. I did find that I was breathing through my mouth and felt more puffed that time. Not only that but I felt that I might need a hip replacement! I really really hope that at the end of 12 weeks, my hips will be in better shape. Time will tell about that one. I also felt woozy once I stopped walking. Again, I hope that this improves as the weeks go on. I’d have to say that I enjoyed the walk. I walked past a eucalyptus tree growing in someone’s front yard and I inhaled that wonderful fragrance.
Thanks to everyone who has looked at my blog. It is truly a great incentive for me to complete this program knowing that I’m not the only one involved.