Re-enthused to Do It!

Doin’ It, fit healthy and happy

Last photo before the incident which upset the enthused apple cart.  In turn this got me off track, and not doin’ it anymore.

This is motivation to get back on track.  To pull finger and make an effort to get back to an oh-so-happy place.

It’s Happening

The running as recommenced.  The endorphins are increasing again.  The dog is expecting an outing each day.  The addiction to the good feelings of being enthused to ‘do it’ is resurfacing.  The weather is becoming more friendly too!

The activity levels are increasing.  ‘The List’ is getting checked off, jobs are being completed.

Being on here, making a post is sign enough that motivation is improving, and desire to step out of the comfort zone is emerging.

It is early in the summer, so here’s hoping memory of how it feels to be ‘Doin’ It’ is sufficient to make it easier than before.

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A Trick To Improve Brain Function

A couple of years ago a Doctor advised that to improve brain function. A simple trick to improve brain function that only requires an important decision to be made.

The Trick

In order to improve the brain function, all that is necessary is simply an increase of the blood flow for 20 consecutive mins, 5 day a week.  The rate of the increase was shared, but quickly forgotten.  If anyone reads this who knows the rate required – please share!

The Important Decision

The decision to act upon the information, is the hard part of the equation!  A conscious choice to exercise for a continuous 20 mins per day 5 days a week, is not easy.  Running was the suggested mode of exercise, and running is the least favourite exercise I know!  However, the suggestion came as a requirement therefore adherence followed.

A Strange Development

From fairly early in the new regime an unexpected and surprising improvement became apparent in the brain’s function-ability.  It took a long time before recognition of the link between the exercise and the improved brain function.  Eventually however, recall of the Doctor’s advice surfaced, and answered the inexplicable improvement.  At the time of writing, the running has continued for 18 months.  Now there is an element of enjoyment in running!  Not only after the run, when the feeling of a relaxed, physically spent contentment first became apparent.  (Possibly attributable to the realization that the run is over…). But now I also enjoy the feeling of exertion during the run – at times.  Even before starting the run there is an anticipation of the feelings it will generate.

This will be related to endorphins, no doubt.  The chemicals which are naturally produced in the body or brain.  These are ‘feel good’ chemicals which are healthy, and legal!  Not to mention increased confidence that accompanies better health and fitness.  Also the gain in physical abilities such as balance and coordination aid in the gain of confidence.

The doctor’s advice to improve brain function has turned out to be instrumental in a number of aspects of life.  There is more achieved by the more active brain.  Systems need to be adhered to in order to allow time for the exercise.  This in turn requires more discipline and structure in planning day to day activities/chores.  The use of a good planner has helped immensely!

So regular exercise is now the To Do task which needs to be factored into the plan for most days!  A highly recommendable practice for anyone who wants more from their life!  Please share how this works for you!

My Mate ‘Boy’

The acquisition of a part greyhound problem child who LOVES to get out and beat the feet is good incentive too!!  I have seen that there is a way to take other people’s dogs out for walks/runs if you find yourself lacking in canine companionship.  I forget what it is called, but it can’t be too hard to track down…

Exercise For Busy People

Too Busy To Exercise?  Time To Rethink Your Schedule!

An article about the benefits of exercise for busy people crossed my inbox desktop, and I now know how to share on a post.  So shared – I have!

I received an email with a bunch of info in it about goal setting, motivating self and basically just getting more done from a planner company called BestSelf Co a ‘planner’ Company.

It was a link to a newsletter by them with articles within it. Newsletter 22, Motivational Mondays. The one I LOVED was all about exercise for busy people.

Excerpt from the newsletter with the important bit that I loved so much!

Sometimes we get so focused on our goals, we forget about everything else. We’re so determined to hit our goals within 13 weeks that we’re working 16 hour days.

It’s easy to forget about the fundamentals, like eating and sleeping.

But the most commonly neglected activity of all?

Exercise.

It’s usually one of the first things to go when we’ve got a big deadline coming up or we’re nearing the end of our 13-weeks. 13 weeks is the perfect length to keep us motivated… but that same motivation can also cause us to drop everything in the pursuit of our goal.

But we often forget that exercise isn’t just beneficial, but crucial to achieving our goal. See how exercise helps you in our new blog post:

Why Exercise Should Be Top Priority If You Want To Achieve Your Goals

I think that this is well worth the read!!  So with my new linking skills taught to me by my Knight in shining armour on the weekend, I have shared it!

Inspired EVEN more now to keep up the exercise efforts which began in October 2015!  I have found the benefits reported in the article above have indeed, improved my life.  If these can happen within my being – they can definitely work for YOU!!

Over and out!

JO

A Trick To Go Further, Faster

I’ll share a trick I’ve discovered to help me go further, faster when really all I want to do is walk.

It’s obvious that if I keep running I get home sooner and get on with other stuff.  That is motivation in itself!  There are always a number of other tasks I would rather do than run!  So to go further, faster is something worth striving for!

I used to tell myself to ‘turn up the volume‘.  I don’t listen to music while running, turning up this volume means cranking the effort dial and putting more in – to get more out!  If I get my running shoes ON and out the gate, I may as well use the time as fully as possible!  So turning up the volume is still a regular phrase of self talk on my journeys, although it is interchangeable with ‘go further, faster‘!  To view a photo of me with my running shoes on see the Photo At Last post.

After ‘turning up the volume‘ for a period until ready to walk a bit, I’d set a target point.  With the mark set I’d run as hard as I could until ‘there‘, before having walk time.  This seemed to help increase my strength.  The heart rate gets super high, and over time I could maintain the faster run for longer.  I discovered however, that the overall time spent over the same distance was actually faster if I ran slower but more consistently.  Although this resulted in less calories burned – NOT the desired result, at all!  Then I had to convince myself it was time to ‘turn up the volume‘ again at random intervals.

‘Ambling’ became my new ‘walk’

So by needing to walk after exerting self, the time spent out on the ‘street’ was increased.  My next plan of attack was to ‘go hard‘ for a number of strides, then ‘amble‘ a while to recover.  This negated the time spent walking in order to recover.  This works great!!  I find it is harder to start again, once I stop running.  Far easier to simply ‘alter the volume‘ on the effort dial and go further, faster to get home sooner.

Going uphill I ‘go hard‘ for less strides than when headed back downhill. The overall time spent out on the road is decreasing all the time.  It means I don’t run until I am spent and then NEED to walk.  The slower, more comfortable pace of ‘ambling‘ has become my new walk.  Ambling is a pace where there is room for recovery, in order to enable another exertion.

The trick with this method tho, is to keep count of strides…  I count off ten or twenty at a time and hold up a finger to keep track of how many I am up to.  This is a helpful way to convince self to carry on as the end of the exertion is only a measurable distance away.  This trick helps to pass the time too.  The ability to estimate the point where the next change of gait will occur also creates a target to aim for.  The distance seems to be eaten up a lot faster when you are aiming for points in a more regular fashion.

As I get more fit using this method, my ‘go hard‘ and ‘amble‘ numbers are altering accordingly.   The length of time to recover, is decreasing…  Which means that the opposite side of the equation – the ability to spend more time in exertion seems to be increasing at a surprising rate!!

In my personal opinion – (from a place with no official knowledge regarding such things), this seems to be a far better way to improve fitness and strength!  More productive than just going out for a steady run at a steady pace for the entire duration.

Another trick is to have points along the route and remember my times for.  That way there’s an indication of effort spent  compared to the common times of being at a point.  I can tell if I have been slack and need to ‘turn up the volume’, or if I am on track for a record time.  Being on track for a record time is motivation to go further, faster and make a new record!

The Dog… An Interruption

Of course, if the dog wants to have a swim in a stream my time gets out of whack.  Or if he disappears after a rabbit and needs a realignment of his ears, or needs supervising whilst a vehicle goes by – time is affected.  (Realigning ears involves retrieving the dog, and then attaching a lead.  Of course, first one has to have had the forethought to put collar on dog.  And then to remember to bring the lead…)  But I would rather have the dog with me, than leave him at home and run alone!!

Here are my ideas to try and incorporate into your own exercise efforts!  If anyone has their own tricks to go further, and faster, please feel free to share them!  I am keen to learn how to reduce the time necessary to make the required efforts.  Surely, everyone wants to have MORE time to accomplish MORE things!  If only I had a running mate, (or several) that could all help motivate more effort, and add those 3 inspirational words that we could all do with hearing more!!  What words are these?  Check out the post Come Run With Me and join me on my journey!

As more lessons are learnt regarding this blogging caper, there will hopefully be links within posts.  These links will lead to other posts which are relevant in content.  So much to learn!  So little time!  Although with less time spent out on the street, things are looking up!  Stay tuned to see what can be learned!  Feel free to add any snippets of information to aid me!  Did you see that??  I learned to add links from my knight in shining armour!!!  Thank you kind Sir, from this damsel in distress regarding blogging!!

Getting fitter!

JoBo

Photo At Last

Here Am I, Running Happily

Actually I am grinning at my friend, 10yr old Hunter with the phone taking the photo!  The dog is well out of the way as he is scared of Hunter’s granddad in his truck.  Boy is hiding in the long grass on top of the bank to my right.

I took several pictures along the run yesterday, not a particularly conducive method of running aiming for a fast time, or continuous high heart rate!  So more photos can be added as I receive evidence of an audience!!!

So leave me a comment!  Share your own photos!  Jackie – do you have one of the Thames in London Town????

Let’s have a collection of fellow runners from all over!!!

Come Run With Me!

No matter where in the world you are, or what time of the day it is, you can come run with me and my dog!

We can keep each other company, and push each other harder to achieve our personal goals faster and more easily!

Ahhhh, Technology!

Our running mates could be from all over the world!  Whether we run before we do the daily ‘chores’ or afterwards, any time of the day (or night depending on your time zone) we can go for a run together!

We don’t even all need to be restricted to using the shoe sole express! Some of us can use pedal power, some might even join us from a treadmill whilst watching a favourite t.v. show!  Some of us could be super fit, years down the path of this fitness journey and yet some of us might be newbies.  But I think we will all agree that by deciding to join in on this scheme, we are relatively dedicated to improving our health and fitness to some extent.

Keep It Up!

Those are three short words which I know mean the world to me when I am out there slogging my way up the hill – again…  If only someone else would come run with me, we could be sharing it all!  You know what they say about a load shared!

The Cost

All it will cost to join in, is the effort it takes to get up off the couch or desk chair, and expend some energy for at least 16 consecutive minutes!  Depending on your choice of activity – you may not even need to invest in a good pair of running shoes!

Everyone can afford this!  Some of us have time constraints that are by far more valuable than a pair of shoes, but these can also be eradicated if the desire to run with me is great enough!

“Who Is With Me?”

Is there anyone out there in a similar boat to me?  My boat type is a single person kayak type boat with no running buddy to help enthuse an effort regularly?  Tune in!  Contact me!  Leave a comment or follow me… if I ever work out how to add a ‘follow me’ option…