This month I’ve been attempting to exercise daily as part of the Juneathon challenge.
Strictly speaking the challenge is to exercise everyday and then blog about it. It comes as no great surprise to me that I am better at doing the exercise than recording it contemporaneously.
Since I’ve enjoyed reading the accounts of other participants here is my belated contribution; a summary of what I’ve been up to this week:
Juneathan Week 1 Summary
Day 1: We’re on holiday in France. It is a stunning and peaceful area to run. I’m not sure of the distance but I ran for around an hour.
I could easily have kept going for longer as it was just a beautiful evening. However I could just imagine my poor husband fretting about me getting lost in rural France so returned within the agreed time.
Day 2: Pilates workout using DVD
Day 3: My husband suggests I run to a nearby gorge, around 8k. The scenery is (no pun intended) gorgeous. What he did not tell me was that the entire journey there is downhill. And you can guess what that meant for the run back…
Day 4: Quick arm workout at home. I will get round to recording the routine here soon. This was our last day in France.
Day 5: Very long story involving packing up our holiday house, a 6 hour car journey, an unexpected 5.30pm nap by my little boy, a small family hotel room and a very awake boy until after 10am who foiled my planned evening exercise. I did, however, do some pelvic floor exercises. I’m not entirely sure this is in keeping with the spirit of the challenge but as muscle strengthening exercises go, they are pretty useful.
Day 6: Another stop over on the journey home at a hotel with a gym. I hardly ever go to the gym these days so it was a nice change for a workout.
Day 7: My favourite. Back home again and the most beautiful run along my favourite coast line.
What I have learnt from this week
- Having a definite goal, improves my motivation. I really enjoyed my exercise when away on holiday, but without commitment to this challenge I doubt I would have been as dedicated
- Even a quick ten minute workout, especially if its focussed on strengthening a particular set of muscles can be really helpful.
- When exercising this frequently variety is important.