Welcome to the New Year! Each year we all make the resolution to change something. Do you find that each year it is the same resolution? What are you thinking for 2018? In all the planning process, you are good at taking care of others but where do you fit into the equation?
Take a few moments to weigh your options for 2018 and what your fitness goals will be. Your choice of fitness can be walking, running, spinning, or other forms. Take a few minutes to take make a realistic plan which is attainable. Write your plan out and track your progress. Let this be the year in which you see through to the results.
Let me offer the following to you for consideration. Here is my plan, which is simple to follow. I am doing three miles of running on the treadmill and then four miles on the cycle. I should note that this is in the gym. (Depending on your part of the country, it is probably cold outside.)
My workout is easy to follow and one you can start off doing and it does not take a lot of time. You start on the treadmill, walking one lap at a pace of 14.7 and this for the warm up. At the end you do a slow jog for half a lap on the track at 10.54 pace and then you walk another half a lap at the 14.7 pace.
In doing this workout you will see how easy it can be and after a week of this routine it does get easier. As the weeks continue, you can gradually increase the pace at which you walk and increase the pace of the jog. Your body will know when you can make the increase.
To those who are new to the column, the workout may not seem too aggressive. In September of 2015, a leaky mitral heart valve was detected. I continued to run and in May, 2017 I completed my 110th marathon. In between, my times were getting slower. On July 10, 2017 I underwent open heart surgery for a valve repair. It has been a long road to where I am now.
It is through this column that I am sharing that we all have challenges to overcome. Now is the time to face your challenge. In order to be successful, write down your plan and be consistent.
(Stay tuned for Part Two when you’ll get to hear some runners talk about their fitness journey!)