47/365 Squat

47/365 Squat

Here I am performing a squat while holding my phone.

I’m doing a squat (one of about 120 today) because I’m trying to ‘get fit’. Getting fit seems to involve doing things that hurt. Doing 120 squats did, in fact, hurt. I also perform a number of other hurty activities, including press-ups, sit-ups, leg raises and ‘the plank’ (which *really* hurts).

After doing this for a few weeks I can now do more of these activities than I could at the start, so perhaps I am getting fit.

So, why does it still hurt?

39/365 Bandy Legs

39/365 Bandy Legs

Here I am performing some leg raises. I apologise for this public picture of my chicken legs.

I have been attempting to improve my fitness for a few years now. I get all enthusiastic, do some running, rowing or some other form of exercise, then get an injury and stop doing it. I then make some excuses, before starting the whole shebang all over again.

I had to stop running because I was making my knee and back worse. I didn’t have the core strength to make this less damaging, so I have now started something with less impact in the hope that I can get myself fitter in a safer way.

I’m using an iOS app called ‘30 Day Fitness‘ that sets out some programmes of various exercises to do each day. Leg raises are part of the ‘Ab Challenge’ and I am on Day 10 of 30. I also had to do 50 sit-ups, 50 crunches and a 30 second plank along with the 30 leg raises – my poor stomach is feeling it!