Spring has well and truly sprung and with it comes heaps of motivation and sunshine. This week I’ve gone on long walks. This week I’ve had a clear out and donated bags of clothing to charity. The sun makes me proactive and determined and I like it! I like it so much that I have decided it is time to get fit.
I don’t drive and so tend to catch the bus to get from A to B, but I have decided to save money, get fit and start walking everywhere (well, within reason!). I could learn to drive, but it is just so expensive, even once you’ve passed your test the cost of running a car is phenomenal, as is shown by research carried out by affordable car hire company http://autoeurope.co.uk. Instead I’m going to turn my woeful lack of driving into fitness inspiration, don my new walking boots and get skinny for Summer (huge exaggeration, I lack the will power required to get this body skinny).
I have downloaded Strava onto my phone and am using it to track my walks and to push myself to walk faster and faster each time. I go to town twice a week when I have Aria and so am going to walk there and back both times, this is three miles all in. Assuming that Aria behaves and sits in the pushchair I can really push myself on these walks, yesterday I averaged 2.8MPH so the aim is to get quicker and quicker, when Aria plays ball of course. Today I have childcare and wouldn’t normally do anything, I work from home so just stay in the house all day. Not anymore. Today I am going to walk up the very steep wooden steps to my parents house. This is a tough walk and will likely kill me.
We have sold our house and will be moving to a lovely house at the top of the park shortly. My plan for when we’ve moved is to take a lunch break on my working days and use it to walk down to the park and back, while it is only a five/ten minute walk down the walk back up is very steep and is a killer. This walk two/three times a week combined with my more leisurely strolls with Aria should really improve my fitness.
While I’m not making huge changes I am hoping that just getting out walking and really pushing myself will make a huge impact on both my fitness and my weight, all while saving money and de-stressing.
If you’re still looking for motivation to ditch the car and get walking you should check out the fab infographic below. The road rage and rows with partner definitely ring true for time spent in Spencer’s car!