First of all, the feed-back from the initial post announcing that I’mÂ going to start a 30 days exercising challenge was fantastic. To be honest, I didn’t see it coming. Thanks everybody for your tips, suggestions and precious advice. It seems that I really have to go through this, now that almost everyone is watching 🙂
Now, the first day wasn’t spectacular, apart from the initial, usual enthusiasm. I think I spent more time moderating and answering comments on my blog than actually exercising. Which, of course, is not a bad thing at all.
Since I don’t have a yet a body fat checker I will just note my weight, which was 93.6 kg.
Wake up at 6:30. Before starting to exercise I had 4 series of Surya Namaskara, or sun salutation. After that I had 15 minutes on the stepper, set up at 5 (more on the stepper a little bit later). After that, I had a 15 pushups session. That was all.
I started to exercise around 7:30 PM. Had another session of 15 minutes on the stepper, followed by two reps of 15 pushups each, with less than a minute pause between them. During the 15 minutes session on the stepper my heart rate went to 148-150 after the first 4 minutes and remained there until I finished.
Total exercising time: 35 minutes.
My stepper is Kettler verso 107. It’s an entry level device, but it does the trick for me. It has 7 difficulty levels, and I usually work at 5. It does have a heart monitor but it doesn’t have any programs so I just set up the main exercising time and start running.
After the first day I felt good, especially in the morning, a lot of endorphins running through my body.Â I write this the morning after, of course, and I do start to feel a little bit tired and a small ache in my upper back. I usually get that after I start doing pushups, until my muscle pick up. Today’s morning was a little bit compromised, so to speak, so I will have to move my exercise session in the evening.
As usual, feel free to post in the comments your own fitness routine.
Running For My Life - from zero to ultramarathoner
The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”
And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.
Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.
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