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…
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.
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.