Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fighting Fit




As you might know from here, I'm on a bit of a mission to get fit. And not just a bit fitter so running up the stairs doesn't leave me out of breath, but military selection fit.

When I first started out on this, I was concerned about having to find a gym to join, to make it work. I also wasn't sure how I was going to make it all squidge into my day between work, work experience and all those tedious things that seem to refuse to get done by themselves (washing, I'm looking at YOU).

Luckily for me, HM Forces has anticipated that people like me might want to try and get fit enough to join. So they've created a handy little 42 programme that you can see online or have as a widget on your phone.

Best things:
1. CHEAP AS CHIPS
ok, maybe chips is not the best analogy... But anyway
No need to pay out for a gym membership. last time I check running on a pavement or public footpath was free and doing simple exercises in your own home wasn't exactly costly either. The only thing you really need is a decent pair of trainers and to want to get fit.
2. LITTLE AND OFTEN
20-25 minutes per day is actually very little and....
3. NO TRAVEL REQUIRED
... because you don't need to go to a gym or fitness centre, it really is just the 20-25 minutes of exercise. No travel time, no faffing about signing in to something.


And to give you a feel for what you could do, here's what I did in Week 1- days 1-7 of 42

Day 1.
Test yourself:
As many press ups as you can manage in 1 minute
As many sit-ups as you can manage in 1 minute
1.5 mile (2.4km) run in your best time

Day 2
Low impact aerobic activity for 20 minutes at gentle intensity
i.e. a 20 minute walk? 20 minute swim? I did 20 minutes of Wii Fit boxing, you could also try cycling.

Day 3
2 Circuits:
15 tricep dips
20 sit ups
7 press ups
15 dorsal raises
25 step ups



Day 4
REST DAY

Day 5
20 minute run at moderate intensity

Runner I am not. I have tried and failed several times to get into, so I spend these running slots doing Couch to 5K. More info on that here.

Day 6
2 Circuits as Day 3

Not to self: STRETCH afterward!

Day 7
REST DAY

For someone not that fond of exercise, I didn't think this looked too horrendous. To me, 20 minutes really isn't that long, and because there are several different activities as well as choices to be had for some of the activities I'm so much less likely to get bored or worse disenchanted with *just* pounding the pavements *again*.

If you fancy getting involved in the programme or you want to tkeep up with me in virtual training, go check out my new Fighting Fit Page, where I'll be posting the week by week programme. Let me know how you're doing if you decide to have a shot at it. There's no doubt that military training is tough, but the build up to it doesn't have to be ball breaking.
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