The daily burn – a 5.30am alarm and weekday workouts

One of my new year’s resolutions was to run more. I’ve kind of loosely interpreted that into exercise more. Mainly because the German weather this year has been awful and Spring has yet to arrive, let alone summer so regularly running outside is just not appealing right now.

6 weeks or so ago I joined an online exercise Challenge group. I have never ever done anything like this before, but a Facebook friend advertised that she was starting one and massively cringing, because it is so out of my comfort zone, I bit the bullet and asked to join. Since the start of 2016 I’ve been regularly working out but I wanted more accountability and some real direction.

We’ve had a lot of family health things going on recently, some more serious than others. As a consequence, I’ve had a bit of an epic realisation that the low blood pressure that is the bane of my life (I’m a fainter and it’s highly inconvenient and embarrassing, especially back in my commuting days on the tube in London at 7am) is not going to keep me alive forever as I’ve always blithely assumed. Low blood pressure peeps are just as susceptible to heart attacks. Especially of the hereditary variety. Just ask my Mum.

So our alarm goes off every morning at 5.30am and James and I drag our bums down to the basement where he yogas it up and I do something. Be it running, speed walking, HIIT, calisthenics or yoga. And once, just last week, I did kettle bells. I’ve only just started to walk again without crying in pain after that work out. So, my plan is to try them again tomorrow!

I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Well I’m not sure about that. I could easily snooze the alarm every morning. But the fact that it’s so much easier to do it without the kids under foot makes me get myself up and dressed. My aim is at least 30 minutes every weekday and I’m doing it. I’m really doing it. And I’m kind of proud of myself!

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And for the most amazing selection of free exercise DVDs have a look at the BeFit channel on YouTube. It has everything that you normally have to pay good money for. That’s where I got my Kettle bells workout, more commonly known as Jillian Michaels Shred it With Weights.