I don’t want to alarm anyone but it is around 100 days until the summer. Don’t forget sometimes there are those few glorious ‘out of nowhere’ days we sometimes have in April too. I would like to improve my body for summer however, I don’t really sit in the I need to have an amazing body camp, just as I am not confident enough to sit in the Im happy with my body camp either. Im more about doing a little bit of exercise so that I can chase my toddler with ease. Ideally I would love to do enough exercise to stop my thighs rubbing together during the summer months but there are creams out there to help with that.
I am an excuse maker and if you feel like you have ran out of reasons why you cant exercise today feel free to get in touch because I have loads that you definitely won’t have heard of. My most unsuccessful being the wind is drying out my skin. Which was met with an eye roll of epic proportions from my husband.
It isn’t that I don’t like exercise. Actually thats exactly what it is. I love exercise clothing and I love how I feel afterwards but actually doing it is miserable. I have never been sporty. What I did in school was really play on the fact I could run, for a really long time. So most sport lessons my friend and I would encourage our teacher to let us ‘go for a run’ rather than do whatever was on the agenda for the day. Which meant running to the end of the field and sitting down for an hour. Then we would slap each others legs so they were red and sprint back. This pretty much got us through our last year of high school, however now Im an adult there doesn’t seem to be anyone around for mutual leg slapping.
I am aware that I often make commitments to diet and exercise and always fail. I never really put my full heart and soul into it. Im not sure whether that means I just don’t want it enough. The only exercise that I have ever been able to tolerate is running. This might sound crazy but it gives me a feeling of being free. Free from commitments and responsibilities. (Don’t be fooled though I still find it mostly miserable)
There aren’t many moments when I am child free and with Si working such long hours I needed to find a way to exercise with Sonny. The Bugaboo Runner seemed like the most ideal solution. The seating position is high and Sonny seems to find the ride really exhilarating. There is something motivating about a toddler screaming ‘faster mummy!’ as you run along. Also and Im such this is not anything scientifically proven but is anyone with me when I say its easier to run with a pram than without? I am assuming its because of the motion driving you along but I can definitely run for longer when I use it.
To turn the pram you lift the front wheel off the ground which Im convinced works my core! Those big wheels make it so easy to use and such a comfortable ride for Sonny. It goes without saying as its a Bugaboo it is well designed and Sonny is so secure in his seat. With clever little pockets to pop your phone and house keys into securely as well.
I have only just started out with the pram, going out about twice a week as the weather has been miserable. My aim is for three times a week as soon as we have some sunshine to enjoy. I am using an app on my phone for interval training. I tend to run to the park, let Sonny play for a little while so I can compose myself ready for the run back home again.
Im training myself to enjoy exercise. It definitely works to just put your clothes on and head out. Don’t give yourself time to think about it otherwise those excuses will start coming in again!
* The Bugaboo runner was kindly gifted to me by Pram World however the child is my own. All opinions are mine.
I feel totally the same about exercise, I just can’t seem to enjoy and I really try to like it but I just can’t! Good for you on starting the running 🙂
Thank you! Let’s see how long I last! X
“The child is my own” haha! I love your writing style!
Thank you 😂
I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with exercise and running, and I know as much as you do the personal battle that is mustering the shits to give and getting those running shoes on! And that’s just half the trouble! I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t changed for a run and then bottled it literally as my hand reaches for the front door…
However, I really came into my own when I started running with my other half and finally ran with the running club that he’d been going to for a number of years. I really love the social affair that running has become! They do a number of organised runs a week and sometimes they really are the only reason I get myself out for a run, because lets face it running on your own is shit sometimes! Since running with them I think it’s fair to say I’m almost a little obsessed, and what would have previously been a disgusting thought (waking up at 7am to go for a 10+ mile run across the rolling hills of the South Downs) is now one of my favourite things to look forward to at the weekend!
Whilst I’m sure it isn’t for everyone, joining a friendly local running club (who normally cater for all abilities) might be the motivation you need! I’m so glad I did, it’s done wonders for my mental and physical well-being!
Hope you find joy in your exercise shenanigans soon!