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August 26, 2014

Exercising

I've had a lot of spare time this year, so I've started exercising a lot more. I think it's the first time in my life I've had a regular schedule of physical activity (that hasn't been imposed on me e.g. PE at school). Here's what I've been doing:

  • Running - I go for 5km runs, three times a week. I started at the beginning of last year, when I downloaded a Couch to 5k app. I've never been a runner and it's still really challenging for me (I'm in pain from about 2 minutes in all the way til the end), so I don't think I'll be doing City2Surf anytime soon.
  • Swimming - I go to the pool once a week and swim 3km each time. Swimming was my sport I was younger, so I find it much easier than running. I like swimming as exercise but it's just hard to schedule in a visit to the pool at a good time. I also wish I could listen to music while swimming, because right now I have to just get lost in my thoughts and my imagination can get pretty whack.
  • 7 minute workout app - This one I do really sporadically on days I don't run/swim. 7 minutes sounds too good to be true and it is - you're supposed to do three in a row, which I don't, but something is better than nothing right? It actually makes me feel a little out of breath! And I don't even do proper push-ups.
In terms of what I've gained this year by exercising more, I haven't really noticed any difference. I don't feel that much more energetic, and I still get puffed out during daily activities (to quote Wai Lam when we were running to catch a ferry: "Are you sure you can run 5 kilometres?"). I still like it though - it makes me feel like I've achieved something (especially since I've become queen of procrastination this year), and there's nothing like post-exercise endorphins when you've been having a bad day. I think it's also helped with my body image - not because my body has changed much (I shamelessly use exercise as an excuse to eat more) but because I can now appreciate what I can physically do, as opposed to view my body as an end result, or as an object to be molded by my behaviours.

As of today, I haven't run in more than a week because I just can't shake this cold I have. I thought I was getting better last week, so I went for a swim, but I must have misjudged badly because right after that a nasty chest cough flared up and I've now lost my voice (I sound like Marge Simpson). So I'm taking a break, which I hate, because in terms of running I feel like whenever I stop for a week I regress double that. Ah well, it's been raining a lot anyway!

How do you guys like to get your exercise?

50 comments:

  1. You are an all star in the pool! 3 km?! That's amazing. I can barely motivate myself to do more than 1.5km unless I'm in a class. And 5 km is something to be proud of. I think in the long run, your heart, lungs and everything else will thank you for doing exercise even if the rewards aren't immediate. I know what you mean about appreciating your body image more. I would agree that when I exercise I don't necessarily lose weight, although I do notice over time I'm stronger, but what I love most is that I'm always giving my body a mental high five for being so awesome.

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    1. I think my body is just so much more conditioned to swim than run! Yes to mental high fives for our bodies, they don't get enough credit.

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  2. i really need to start a exercise routine again. i have ran diligently but stopped a couple of months ago. i need to get on this right away!

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    1. Once you get back into a routine it's easier to keep going, I find!

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  3. Holy moly Jane :o you athlete!
    I only do yoga every morning 20 minutes :P
    Xx

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    1. Haha I would not call myself an athlete. It's good that you do something everyday!

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  4. Well I know what you mean with the body comment, I don't see loads of change but I like how I now know I can do certain things with it. Which does in turn make me feel better. I love how yoga makes me feel but I hate how running makes me feel, my answer is cycling. Sounds like you're keeping it up though, so it's a hobby right.

    Buckets & Spades

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    1. Lots of people bringing up yoga, I've never tried it (I barely know what you do in it)!

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  5. Damn girl, you're pretty active, haha. It's actually really impressive when people can keep exercise up! I used to run, although I hated it. I have yet to find a sport/exercise that I can do regularly without grumbling the whole way through. Hope you feel better soon!

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    1. Yeah it's definitely easier if you enjoy it haha. I hate the feeling of running but I like that I'm sort of able to do it now?

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  6. I don't even run 5Ks weekly yet, so you're a beast! I run MWF too, but I can't spare more than 30 min on running including the cool down and post-run stretches. Good on ya! And I wish I were part of a gym so I could swim, I love swimming as an exercise too. Not a fan of the mean racerback tan I get from the suits though. :)

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    1. I swim in an indoor pool so my tan lines aren't bad (somehow I do still tan through the windows in the ceiling!)

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  7. You are very active! :o

    I also had a cold, I sounded like I was a 58 year old woman who has been smoking her whole life XD Damn, it's almost out of my system now, thank goodness!

    I hope you feel better soon! And it's okay to take a day off too, your body needs a break sometimes :]

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    1. Haha 58 year old smoker is another accurate way to describe it. Thanks :)

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  8. I used to do yoga every other day, but these days I really have been doing nothing, which is embarasssing. I just can't find the energy or motivation. But I am amazed at people, like yourself, who have an exercise routine.

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    1. I find that once I've got the routine going I have the motivation to keep going, because I hate any changes in my life routine in general haha.

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  9. Goodness! You are motivating me to pick up swimming! Hooray for running and hooray for Nike! Have you thought about any upcoming marathons? I've always wanted to try those but I lack in the swimming department.

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    1. Did you mean triathlons? I'd like to have a go at one but it would need to be a short course one, I don't think I can run more than 3km if I've swum and biked right before!

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  10. 7 min workout app? I need to get on this! I do the Jillian Michaels shred. They're short and sweet, but always leave me out of breath!

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    1. It's pretty nifty! I haven't checked out the Jillian Michaels shred, it sounds scary.

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  11. I usually do a bit of cardio (around 15-20 mins on the treadmill or elliptical) and then *try* to do weights and what not. I also golf so I spend a lot of time on the golf course carrying my golf bag and walking 18 holes (approximately 3-4 hrs of walking!).

    And wow, so jealous of you. I wish I could say swimming was easier than running!!

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    1. That definitely is a whole lot of walking with a golf bag! I would definitely excuse myself from weights after haha.

      The only reason swimming is easier than running for me is because I am THAT BAD at running.

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  12. Oh my goodness, you do so much good for your body. I actually have little time for anything like that. But I do wish I could treat my body like the temple it is.

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    1. I definitely do not treat my body like a temple with all the rubbish I put into it haha.

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  13. Love the post!
    Great blog, so I'm a new follower :)
    would you like to follow each other?

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  14. I also started exercising properly this year, and made a few lifestyle changes with food. (I realised I sat on my ass too much between uni lectures and work.) I try to go to the gym between three to five times a week, either work out on my own or do classes: kimax, pilates, yoga, body pump, etc. I don't think my body's really changed either, but I do think I've gained a bit more endurance.

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    1. I never go to the gym, I'm too awkward to figure out the equipment haha. I've been to some classes with friends though, they're fun but the membership is pricey!

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  15. That's awesome to do all that! I'm going swimming today for the first time in aaagessss and this is definitely making me feel like it should be more of a regular thing hahaxx

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    1. It's a really good way to exercise! Only thing is you get SO hungry afterwards.

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  16. I am rubbish with exercise so really congratulate you on your determination! I do walk to work and that takes an hour but I am ever distracted by things so stop often to take photos :( I am useless xxx

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    1. Walking an hour's not bad! Haha sometimes I stop on a jog to take photos, nothing wrong with that.

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  17. I don't think you're giving yourself enough credit - you lead a pretty active lifestyle in comparison to some! 5km on land, 3 km in the water? That's awesome, keep it up, Jane!

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    1. Haha I have some gym junkie/endurance running friends so in comparison to them it's not much!

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  18. now my non exercising self feels a little bad.. don't worry just a little bad.

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  19. As far as a exercise schedule goes, I don't have one. I've never been a big lover of sport, especially team ones so I tend to avoid that. I started running earlier in the year just to see if I liked it, and I was surprised to find that I did. But I couldn't seem to get a good rhythm with work and that. So, I stopped. Shamefully.

    I just make a conscious effort to do what I can. I take the stairs always. Even the 10 flights to my lab at work :) I really enjoy that in the morning and it's a great wake me up. When we go places, we tend to walk everywhere and we add extra walking into our everyday by getting a different bus and that.

    I think I would like to run, it was very relaxing :). I'm thinking of trying the couch to 5km app :)

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    1. Now you mention it, I actually quite like team sports but I don't know how to get into them as an adult!

      It's good that you walk so much! Couch to 5k is amazing.

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  20. Exercising is the way to go but lately i have been so wrapped up with work. i gotta make some time though... love your article..

    Btw do check out my new post
    stay in touch
    xoxo

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    1. It is hard to get exercise in when things get busy! I usually do it as an excuse to procrastinate haha.

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  21. I have been exercising far too little for the past couple of years. Having said that, I fixed my treadmill today and went for a light jog. Ideally I'd do this three times a week.

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    1. A treadmill would be super convenient! I reckon three times a week is enough haha.

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  22. Swimming sounds so much fun, but I am afraid of water lol. I tried running, but it is definitely not my thing. I do like good workout and would love to really try to swim, because it looks like so much fun.

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    1. Maybe going swimming with a friend would make it easier? Just for moral support :)

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  23. you have inspired me to get back in the pool.

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  24. Until I sprained my ankle I did 2.5km runs every morning... which was pretty impressive since I'm all for the sedentary lifestyle.

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    1. Every morning? That's boss! Too bad about the ankle :(

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