getting moving

I’ve been running seriously since March 2011.  If you’ve been following my progress you’ll know that I’ve had some ups and downs with injury, particularly a troublesome glutte that has kept me off the road for nearly 3 of the last 24 months.

Part of the problem is that my core strength isn’t as good as it should be.

I spend much of my day sitting at a desk, driving or watching tv and reading.  The days I don’t run I’m pretty inactive.

If you don’t really think that’s a problem then watch this…

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I really like running.  Running is good.  It gets me outside and gets me moving 3 or 4 times a week but I’ve hit a bit of a plateau and I want to get faster.  I set myself a target of a sub 23min 5k by the end of the year and at the moment 25mins is a struggle.  To achieve my goal I need to get fitter overall.

To do that I need to try and exercise pretty much every day.

I also want encourage the kids to do more exercise and that’s always more difficult over the winter as the weather gets cold and wet. (well, colder and wetter!)

I could go to the gym but that costs £30 a month and it only works for me.  I could go to circuits but that’s £5 a class but again that’s only for me.

So… I’ve decided to put some of our tech to use and give  Nike Plus Kinect Training (Xbox 360) a whirl.

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I tried the assessment today.  There are 3 options: get strong, get toned or get lean.  I chose get toned, mostly because I don’t want to use weights and build muscle.  I want to work on my core strength using my own body-weight as resistance.  So, here’s my starting point:

 

I’m looking forward to getting started on my programme and I think it could be pretty good for the kids too.