A few months ago I was chatting to Julia and told her I needed to start exercising again (now that my ankle is healed). Going to the gym is not always very convenient because I work long hours most days and I need to get home in good time! Going to gym after work will mean getting home around 7.30 to 8pm daily. I definitely can’t afford to get home at that time and the gyms are just too packed for me in the mornings, though it might be my best option. Then I was looking through instagram and saw NI.KE.PLUS.
Anyone who knows me well would know I am quite a visual person and nothing to spur me on like seeing progress as I embark on a journey.
Solution – wake up a little earlier and try to get some walking done in the morning before work!!! And since May, I have started walking and let me tell you, seeing the mileage as I go, is just fantastic. I have pushed myself further than I ever would. There are days I get up and decide I would do 5km and before I know it, I have pushed myself to 9 or even 10km or like my longest walk yet 11.2km!!! (longest walk was really 13km, but the battery died at 10.8km , so we shall not count it)
I wish I was a runner, but
old age my knees can’t handle anything more than a fast walk. I can’t afford to injure anything (already had one knee op 3 years ago). WALKING I shall continue to do and I am loving it. I thought it would be hard given that it is winter (on some days it was 1C when I got out of the house) but actually it has been fantastic and I am dreading summer when it would be too hot (plus you all know I don’t really like summer anyway)
A few stats for the past 3 months
I did my first walk using the app on May 3rd – 5.52km, my longest walk in May was 7.5km on the 31st and I did a total of 57.8km for the month.
In June, I did a total of 72.6km, I did 3 longer walks – 9.55km, 10.3km and my last walk for the month was 11.2km.
I set myself a target of 100km for July, but could only manager 93.5km (though I think it was more like 96Km, my battery died on the one walk) and K and I were both ill within a few days of one another which meant no exercise for almost a whole week. I concluded 100km is very do-able and that is my target for August
My fastest KM thus far was done in 9.17minutes. My fastest mile was done in 15.52minutes
A few pictures
The first walk, using an app during a walk
First time using the APP
Longest recorded walk
That’s the N1 highway in the background – another joy of using the train, I don’t have to leave home too early to avoid traffic
A beautiful but very cold day. Definitely a Saturday morning and I am certain, the temp was probably about 2C or 3C
A few from IG
YEP!!! It was 1C at past 8am in the morning. A few of my friends still can’t believe it gets that cold anywhere in Africa!
I like this picture! That tree is stunning! Though it is currently bare
Added bonus, you can monitor what you are doing on a treadmill too..
Not my favourite form of exercise though – walking on a treadmill – I find it tougher than walking on the road
Even on days when I don’t intentionally walk, I used this app to check the distance from I walk from the station to work and back and from the car park to the train and would you know it is at least 1.5 to 2km daily!!!
Are you doing anything new exercise wise? Have you discovered any new app/gadget that helps make this possible?
PS: I need music to walk fast and currently I put the same song on repeat and walk no matter the distance. My sister thinks I am crazy, to be able to listen to the same music for an hour or an hour and half somethings
PS: we do walk quite a lot when we go shopping. I went to the shop after work last week Wednesday and decided to use the app to see how much walking gets done. Would you believe it – 3.6km and I was only in one shopping mall for an hour and half