Happy Sunday everyone! Anyone else cosied up in bed ready for a relaxed, somewhat lazy day? Or are you going to make your Sunday productive? To be honest, I’ll probably do a little bit of both here! But before we get into that, I just wanted to let you all know that I’m taking part in Sweatember.
So a while back, I was scrolling through Facebook in an attempt to pretend my alarm was not about to go off, and I wasn’t going to have to get up for work. Unfortunately, I did I have to eventually get up, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about. Scrolling through, I found an ad for Sweatember – a campaign to exercise every day in September.
Sweatember is an epic 30-day exercise challenge for Cancer Research UK. Cancer survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years. Consistent progress is being made but improvements to technology and ground-breaking work offer new opportunities to find different ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and improve survival rates even further.
I am really hoping to achieve this challenge. Not only is it a good way to raise money for a worthy charity, it’s also (hopefully) going to give me a much needed kick up the bum with regards to weight loss!
Whether it’s squats, running, swimming, cycling, skipping, or even just upping your step count for the month, every little counts, and there are even lists available here to help you think of a different type of exercising. One thing we’re told frequently in our weight watchers class is that exercising doesn’t have to be boring or a chore. It’s meant to be fun. Sure, we all know the health benefits of exercise, both mentally and physically. But we automatically think of PE classes or the gym.
The last couple of weeks, with Rachel home from uni, we have been out and about a bit more than normal. A perfect little boost to start me on the right track for Sweatember. Even just cleaning the house is counted as an exercise!
Anyone who is a member of Weight Watchers will know what their FitPoints are. The general rule of thumb is that if you earn 3 FitPoints, then you can start converting them to extra daily SmartPoints. Just think what treats you could enjoy if you earned those points! Or, like me, just earn them but don’t eat them.
If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that two weeks ago, Rachel and I went on a bike ride. I got home feeling light headed, dizzy, and like I was going to be sick. After a 1 mile bike ride that included 2 minor hills at the end. It almost made me give Sweatember up before it even started. However, once my legs stopped shaking, I realised I want to do this. I want to achieve. Becoming healthy isn’t just about losing weight through eating better.Exercise and Diet. Those two work together. Exercise will boost your mental health too, by releasing endorphins. So what are you waiting for?
Thank you for taking the time to read through this post – I know it did become a bit of a ramble in parts. If anyone feels like donating, I will link to my JustGiving page below. To keep up to date with my daily exercise, follow me on Twitter and Instagram (see the side bar) where I will (hopefully) be sharing my daily exercises!
Now, does helping Rachel pack to go back to Edinburgh count as today’s exercise? Actually, we’re going to go take a walk around the golf course while Rachel and Dad play a few holes. If nothing else, I’ll at least achieve my 10,000 steps two days in a row!