1. Aim to walk 100 miles
2. Do something active every day
3. Set aside 15 minutes 5 days a week for yoga
4. Start planning at least one long-distance hike this year
5. Buy trainers for exercise classes
Since the start of 2019, I’ve set myself monthly goals to get fit. So in February, I set out the above goals. Did I succeed? Umm, no. I didn’t get the trainers, I kept procrastinating about planning the hike, I forgot about the yoga. Even the simple ‘do something active every day’ was sometimes forgotten about. What I have learnt though is that when I get distracted in my life – for good and bad reasons – the fitness regime gets forgotten about and left to one side.
On the positive side, although I did not reach 100 miles (coat-on, I’m sure I would have exceeded it had I counted every step I did), I reached 88 miles, nearly 100 and better than January’s 74 miles.
Pictured: A scene from the Muker walk
River Swale walk, Richmond (6 miles or thereabouts)
Muker to Tan Hill Inn and back (17 miles on my pedometer!)
Walk to Brockholes Nature Reserve (11 miles)
Walk into Preston city centre (8 miles)
88 miles. Running total: 162 miles (I’m also aiming to walk 1,000 miles by the end of 2019).
I had the same goals as last month but it gets worse instead of better! (Now you see why I didn’t update this post earlier!) I walked a grand total of 58.1 miles, just over half of my target. Nowhere near good enough.
58.1 miles. Running total: 220.1 miles
Pictured: A view from the Sherwood Forest woodland walk
Sherwood Forest woodland walk (7.4 miles)
Ainsdale Sand Dunes (6-7 miles or thereabouts)
The one goal I did achieve in March was to plan at least one long-distance hike this year.
So in May, Simon and I are planning to walk the entire Cuckoo Way/Chesterfield Canal – 46 miles – in two days! The 240-year-old canal traverses Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.
In June, my friend Caroline and I are planning to walk Preston’s Guild Wheel. It will be 21 miles in 2 days and encircles the city of Preston.
Perhaps the Guild Wheel should have come first on the fitness schedule?! ☺️
So, as you can see, now I really do have to get a reasonable level of fitness.
So for April, I have the similar targets to before but as there is a goal I have made it harder. Will the proposed weekend hikes focus my mind? Let’s see…
1. Aim to walk 100 to 125 miles
2. Do something active every day for 5 minutes
3. Set aside 15 minutes 3 days a week for yoga (I’ve tried to make this more achievable by aiming for 3 rather than 5 days)
4. Buy trainers for exercise class
5. Go to at least 4 exercise classes in April