2 weeks in and I'm already struggling! How's everyone else doing? I'm attaching my chart here which shows a significant number of 'rest days' this week! I caught up yesterday though and overall did 144 reps for the week, including squats, press-ups and tricep dips, which is a 20% increase on last week. But I didn't make it to the rowing machine in the park, and my running/cycling completely slipped by the wayside. I'm afraid this is what happens to my exercise routines when I suddenly get busy in other parts of my life! The good news is I suddenly got offered a new job with better pay and a permanent contract (I've been on a temporary contract for the past 6 months - so I'm very pleased to finally have something permanent). But part of the requirement for the new job was that I had to start straight away while working out the notice in my old job. So as you can imagine I'm ending up working above and beyond the usual 9-5 leaving little time for anything else. I've just been for a run now, and intend to cycle to work tomorrow, so hopefully this week will go better, as I find I feel more motivated to do strength on the back of my other exercising. I don't plan to increase the number of squats, press-ups and tricep dips this week, as I think just keeping these up will be an achievement in itself. I'd like to add something else though - maybe the rowing machine in the park - 30 reps on that would see my overall reps increase by 20% for the week. Or any other suggestions?
Last week I reminded the people who posted at the beginning what they had pledged to do - and the reminder proved useful to lots of people. So I'll quickly list here the additional pledges made by late joiners. It will be great to see if we can collectively keep the strength momentum going for the rest of the month. Just another 2.5 weeks to go! Lots of great ideas in these pledges - so if anyone's wondering how to fit strength into their routines have a read below
Flavvy61 has pledged to do 4 strength days/week: 20 kettle bell swings, 5 tricep dips, 10 squats and 2 x 5 stomach crunches.
Catmay has pledged to do the strength & flex podcasts 4 days/week on non-run days and to start using her new 1kg weights instead of food tins - yay
MarmiteRehoming has pledged to do 5 strength days/week: 10 crunches, 10 leg raises per leg, 10 squats and the NHS lower back exercises, increasing each exercise by 2 repetitions as she goes along.
elacol68 has pledged to do the 30 day squat challenge - brave!