When you've got a busy schedule, and your work day doesn't tend to incorporate much physical exertion, it can be tough to keep fit; early mornings and late nights seem to be the only time available for dedicated exercise. I figured it's time to get creative!
I often cycle from A to B without dwelling much on the journey; I literally jump on my bike and aim to reach the desired destination as quickly and efficiently as possible. What I've come to realise is that I often change down a gear before I even reach a hill and in anticipation of even the slightest incline... I guess my legs aren't used to much of a work out! Since becoming aware of this habit however, I now consciously refrain from changing down unnecessarily, and work the legs harder in order to keep my pace up; thus replicating the VO2 max test and hopefully helping me endure it again in March!
This past week, I've been rock climbing, playing squash and badminton, going for the odd run and a couple of swim sessions too. Continually aware of my low VO2 max, I thought it'd try breathing every 3 strokes instead of 2 when I do the front crawl. I tested this on the 50 meter pool but about 3 meters before reaching the far end, I was close to fainting. Definitely something to work on!
The same applies to the pace of my 'run'. Surprised by my endurance, I realised my speed. When I couldn't keep pace with an elderly person on their daily walk to the corner shop, I knew it was time to create a new music playlist! With the Rend Collective in ear for my next run, I zoned out, sang along and ran sprightly across campus!
Thank you Get Fit Feb, at least thus far you've helped me think about things in a new way - renewing my mind when it comes to excercise and keeping fit!