HOP TO IT: Skipping is a great way to get a cardio workout and firm your legs and thighs. Picture: Marina NeilSO, here we are, week five of the Hunter Health Kick with the halfway point of the 10-week challenge looming.
It would be great to hear or see how our Health Kick participants and community members have made changes to their health and what impact that is having on their day-to-day lives.
You can share your progress on the Herald website or the HunterHealthKick2015 Facebook page.
Hearing what others have done, or are doing, to get results where their health is concerned is always inspiring to me and, I am sure, many others.
The halfway point of this year’s Health Kick is the perfect time to reflect on the short and long-term goals you set for yourself at the start. If you have already made great progress then you might reassess your long-term goals. Or if you feel things are progressing slower than you had hoped, then maybe you can adjust your short-term goals to stay motivated.
Events are one of the ways I keep myself motivated. Sometimes you can feel inspired at the start of a campaign but then a few weeks in motivation begins to wane. I would suggest that you stick with it, see the 10weeks out. If you have an off week then don’t beat yourself up about it, just look upon it as a minor hurdle in your journey to a healthier you.
I set my own health and fitness goals for this year’s campaign after welcoming a third baby into our lives in November.
After taking part in and completing, albeit not without some pain, a small triathlon recently I have started thinking about what challenges are next. I’m planning the Hill2Harbour 10km on April 19 then maybe the City2Surf in August, depending on how the body holds up with some added training between now and then.
I like to write down all of my training sessions so I can look back and see how I have progressed over time.
I also like to convince friends to do events with me so we can train together.
Training with others has numerous benefits, such as socialisation while getting fitter; building positive workplace relations (if you can convince some colleagues to train with you); and even improving your times if you are training with faster or fitter people than yourself. Some might shy away from this last one but sometimes training out of your comfort zone can be both challenging and rewarding.
If you haven’t got someone else to train with there are plenty of groups out there ranging from the pretty serious to the pretty casual. I heard a lady talking on the radio the other day about her cycling group – Eat, Ride, Laugh – a social group that meets up on the weekends for a casual bike ride.
Health and fitness can come in many forms – the main thing is to find what will keep you motivated in the long term.
It doesn’t have to be an event, it might just be a challenge you have set yourself in training. It might be to be able to run from A to B without stopping or being able to perform one push-up.
The main thing is to stay motivated, stay accountable and don’t get disheartened if these things take longer than you thought to achieve. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
The feeling when you do reach those goals will be worth it when you get there.
30 skips with rope
20-second squat hold
Work your legs, butt and thighs during leg week in the daily 2-minute challenge this week
Renee Valentine is a qualified personal fitness trainer and mother of three. Email [email protected]上海龙凤419m