Exercise Anyone?

Exercise is important.

Or so the experts say. It reduces the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and if you need to, helps you lose weight. The more exercise we do the healthier we are. And yet so many of us find it difficult to drag our lazy butts to a gym. Including me.

I’ve found that carving out 30 minutes for a power-walk in a morning has done wonders. After dropping the kids off at school but before starting chores at home I walk with friends. While doing my walk I get to chat to friends and catch up on gossip as well as getting that all-important exercise. 

Thirty minutes every day…

I don’t walk every day, and in the holidays I don’t walk at all. 

How do I get exercise in the school holidays? 

I go on the treadmill or do yoga. The treadmill is harder, especially when the kids are home and LP comes running into the garage asking for a drink just as I’m sprinting. I tend to save treadmill for school days.

Yoga is different. In the past I attended a class, which I enjoyed very much, but it got cancelled. A few days ago, as I was suffering with backache, I decided to check out videos on YouTube. I found a brilliant one for beginners (find it here), watched it and tried it out. At only 20 minutes long it was enough to stretch out my body and ease the aches. And it doesn’t matter if the kids come in to talk - bonus!

Start small

When you’re first starting out with a new exercise regime I suggest starting with small changes. Start out with the occasional walk. Once you’re ready add in a minute of running or jogging. Then two minutes. Eventually you’ll find you’re running for 20 minutes.

When I do get the chance to run on the treadmill I run for a mile without stopping, that’s my limit at the moment. At the mile mark I slow to a power-walk for a minute, have a drink of water, and run again. The second mile is more like that, power-walk and run, but I am getting there. I know that I’ll get to running that 2 miles in no time.

If I can go from being 14st 8lbs and never running to 10st 9lbs and running on a weekly basis then anyone can.

Do you have any tips for anyone starting a new regime?
What would be your questions if you’re the one starting?


  1. I desperately need to start exercising but I hate it so much, I tried the 30 Day Shred and it made me cry and kicked off a period of depression which I suffer from anyway. Now I find myself scared to try again, and living with my parents makes it awkward as my room is small and they rarely go out. I know I need to do SOMETHING but I feel stuck.
    Good on you for doing so well though!

    1. Oh dear Olivia that's not good. It's all about finding the thing that you enjoy. For me the walking with friends is great and the yoga videos have actually turned out to be quite enjoyable. You don't even need a lot of space for it, as long as you have enough space to stand with your feet stretched out then you're sorted (like a lunge). So far I've found that yoga is more about find peace while stretching out your muscles, you don't get out of breath and feel fantastic afterwards. I hope you find the thing that you enjoy Olivia, it makes all the difference.

  2. What an excellent post and one which has really struck a chord with me. I used to run 3 or 4 times a week and have always enjoyed a good level of fitness but over the last couple of years Ive done less and less. I have been thinking of going for a walk every day and you have inspired me to actually get out and do it! I will have a look at the yoga video too. I do a class once a week but a couple of home sessions would be great too. Thank you!!! Sarah x

    1. Thank you so much Sarah. Hearing that I've inspired you to get out walking is great and I know you'll love it!

      I never used to do any exercise and was overweight for a long time but since finding my exercise mojo I have been able to lose weight and keep it steady at a healthy level. The yoga is great too. I feel like I'm building strength and I've only been doing it for a few days!

      Thank you again Sarah, you have made my day! xx


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