‘So now you just need to complete these exercises everyday’ said the Physiotherapist calmly.
You mean Every. Single. Day; once in every 24 hour period?
I’ve always quite enjoyed exercise, but this comment was around a week after having my second baby.
She was only suggesting ten minutes of abdominal exercises each day, but when exactly was I supposed to have a spare ten minutes? With a newborn and toddler presumably any time off and I’d be sleeping?
Actually it wasn’t as bad as I thought. You see I really, really wanted to do the exercises. I had a severe abdominal seperation (diastasis recti) which was making some things difficult for me. You can read more here.
So I did my exercises, my tummy got stronger and then I sort of stopped doing them every day.
I suppose I don’t need to exercise daily now. I can sit up without difficulty, my core is strong enough that I can lift my children without worrying. Amazingly I can also run.
You can read more here about why I run with gratitude.
Core stength is also helpful for running and my goal is to return to my previous level of fitness (as measured by my 5k time).
SO I was excited when I read about the Juneathon challenge. The aim is for participants to exercise everyday in June and record it via social media.
If I managed to exercise daily with a newborn and not-quite-two-year old I should be able to do it a year on.
I don’t intend to write a blog for each day, but I do think shared documentation will help make a supportive community with other participants.
So I will be tweeting daily and popping a few things onto facebook.
I’m looking forwards to getting some inspiration from everyone else taking part.
I hope I’ll gain something useful, both for myself, and also to share on this blog from the challenge. No; I don’t mean pictures of a washboard tummy (much as that would be nice, it’s neither my aim, nor necessarily something helpful to share).
I’m intending to improve my core strength and running speed. More importantly I hope to learn something helpful about motivation, organisation and the importance of a bit of friendly support.
So if you’re taking the challenge too, do let me know. I’ll be glad to follow and support your journey.
Ps: Just as a bit of proof the photo is from the start of my run yesterday on the first day of challenge Juneathon.