FITNESS POST FI 3

Having a Routine Again: Weeks 1-3

So before getting into the details of this post I thought I would explain why we are adding a fitness section to our blog.

Firstly sport and physical fitness have been a huge part of both of our lives. Growing up Carolyn played a variety of sports: football, basketball, rugby (to name a few) and she was a keen wakeboarder and skater. I wasn’t quite as cool but football was my life. I trained almost everyday and had a dream to one day become a professional player. Alas, my dreams were never achieved but we did both continue to develop our passion for sport at the University of Stirling where we both completed a BA in Sport Studies. After graduating in 2014, I become a qualified gym instructor and was fortunate enough to become a Graduate Fitness Officer at the University of Stirling. This was an incredible two year role where I combined studying for a postgraduate research thesis and working within the University’s sports centre. Over that time I became an accredited personal trainer, worked with a number of different clients, coached strength and conditioning sessions for various scholarship athletes and became accredited so I was able to tutor and assess the gym instructor and personal trainer qualifications. It was a fantastic opportunity and I gained a lot from my two year role at the University.

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Both Carolyn and I have always had a consistent training routine whether that has been for a sport or for our own physical fitness. Once we started travelling our regular exercise routine went out of the window… long flights, bus journeys, road trips and being a tourist often stops you from a) having a regular routine as you are constantly on the move and b) actually wanting to have a routine as you lose sight of previous health and fitness goals.

Since travelling at the end of September 2016 we have squeezed in a few weight sessions on the road, we’ve dabbled in a little bit of running, completed a couple of HIIT sessions but haven’t stuck to a regular routine. I’m not one for New Years Resolutions, I generally break them after the first week, but I missed having a goal. So on the 1st of January we both agreed to bring back a bit of constant activity, every single day we must achieve 10,000 steps. Now this isn’t a ridiculously hard goal, especially with our sporting backgrounds as 10,000 steps equates to about an hour and a half of walking. However I have noticed on days when we would have just sat around because we are jet lagged, tired or it’s been raining we have had to get up and head outside.

Throwback to our struggles up Roy’s Peak in New Zealand! The struggles were real that day…

Now after 5 months of moving around we have settled in Melbourne for at least the next 4 months. We have a flat, Carolyn is heading to college and I am in the process of looking for a job, this means ROUTINE. Last week we signed up to Fitness First as they have 5 gyms around the city, 2 of which have great free weights areas, our favourite type of training. So we are looking to start working muscles we haven’t in a while and build back a little bit of strength before we start setting any fitness goals.

Over the next 3 weeks we will continue with our 10,000 steps a day. I now also have a bike in the city so I am going to whiz around on that getting used to the roads. Now with our new gym memberships we have decided to do 3 full body weight training sessions a week. This may not seem like a large amount, in the past I have been known to weight train 5 days a week. However what is most important when starting a new gym programme is that you can turn it into a habit, it needs to become part of your routine. It would be all to easy to jump straight back into 5 gym sessions a week, tiring ourselves, not giving our bodies enough chance to recover and begin to resent all the time we are spending in the gym. Heck, we are in a new city, in Australia, when it’s still summer… I do not want to be spending all my time in the gym!

So take a look at our plan for the first 3 weeks. If you are looking to get back into a consistent training programme feel free to join in!

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