Exercise · Heath

Morning workouts! Terrible idea?

When I told my wife that I was planning to wake up at 6am and go for a 4 mile walk she literally snorted.  To back her up a little I have a reputation for “sleeping in”.  In my defence, I normally stay up until 2am “researching” or working on my next great plan.  So, the result of that is I do not normally get out of bed until I absolutely have to.  That said, if I have, it’s no problem.  I can deal with tired.  I might be grumpy but I have been surviving on 5 or 6 hours of sleep.  I have been to “tired” to exercise.  What an idiot.

So, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve be researching morning routines.  I found that the majority of successful people wake up early and get all the stuff they have to do between the hours of 6 and 8.  So, a morning routine needs to be formulated.  The first and the most mentally gruelling is waking up early and exercising.

This morning, the alarm went off at 6am and I rolled out of bed.  I put my shorts and T-shirt on and left the house.  I followed a walk my wife and I did the day before to test the FitBit Charge 2.  I took my phone so I could track my route (because the Charge 2 uses the phones GPS to track location).  The difference with my walk and the day before was that I pushed it a little harder and it was longer.

The morning light was lovely, and it wasn’t raining.  I grabbed a few shots of myself for the weekly vlog (coming soon) and I took an occasional peep at my heart rate to ensure that I wasn’t about to pass out or explode.  I was fine.

As you exit the green leafy section and turn left up the hill….there is a hill.  I walked with determination up it and the result was sweat and heavy breathing.  Day one, lesson learned – I am not in good shape.  Clearly.  That’s what I’m really looking forward to doing in 6 weeks time.  Look back at this blog and my video diary and see a difference.  Hell I might even be able to have a conversation with someone after walking up that bloody hill.

I doubled the walk I did yesterday by tracing my steps back.  I did a very respectable 3.34 miles.  Normally I’d be asleep!  Ha ha!  I also burned through nearly 700 calories.  My wife owes me 50p.

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Monday 18th September 2017

So, the new schedule is:

  • Get to bed by 22:30 – 23:00
  • Get up at 06:00 and be out of the house by 6:30.
  • Walk for an hour.
  • Return to house and shower.
  • Eat breakfast and drink coffee
  • Leave house at 08:00 for work.

The end of day one of the fitness schedule saw me eat 43 daily points out of 55.  I also earned 30 FitPoints.

Yay!  Lets see how tomorrow goes.  Rain is forecast!  Gonna eat popcorn (9 points!) and watch a film now (Alien Covenant).

Night!

 

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