Today is the first day of 2019 and I am particularly proud of myself. I motivated myself into doing something which (lets face it) is not very unique – thousands, maybe even millions of people across the world are doing the very same thing – but the fact that I managed to make it happen leaves me with nothing but happy feelings. I started a fitness regime!
Signing up to a gym, on the first day of the year is as predictable as dropping out after five or six months and then looking on helplessly as the monthly subscriptions leave the bank account for another two years! I am guilty of being in this position multiple times but 2019 is going to be different!
I live on the Caribbean Island of Grenada where I emigrated to, from the UK, in 2012. I decided that it makes more sense to take advantage of the year round beautiful weather and hilly landscape, in order to meet my fitness needs, rather than sign up to a gym, so I devised a full body work out to be executed at home.
I have some experience of working out. I was very active in my twenties and thirties. I did aerobics, street dance classes, badminton, salsa dancing – think of it and I probably did it – I had a very busy lifestyle. But before you know it life starts to get in the way, your age creeps up on you and keeping fit becomes a distant memory.
But its 2019, a new year and a new beginning and I am ready to re-write my future. What I have learned, over the years when it comes to exercise, is that it’s better to be level and consistent rather than manic and non consistent which will result in giving up altogether.
To help create my own personal workout I sifted through several You Tube videos for inspiration. My work out involves warming up for around ten minutes, stretching for another ten, running up and down a very long flight of outside stairs, at least ten times, and then doing a series of body workouts such as push ups, crunches, bur-pees, jumping jacks etc.
On paper it looked fairly straightforward but the reality was something completely different. I discovered that I am more unfit than I had imagined. I didn’t actually complete the planned workout because I ran out of steam fairly quickly. I was puffing, panting and gasping for breathe.
When I looked back at the footage that I filmed for my You Tube channel www.youtube.com/krissmg I was very surprised. It does not look like I am doing much at all but, I promise you, I am trying my hardest! I’m not going to beat myself up about it though, it has been a long time since I have executed any kind of sustained workout routine and its a reminder that I have a long way to go.
My aim, for 2019, is to make staying fit and healthy eating a part of my everyday routine instead of something I do once in a while. If you would like to follow my fitness journey subscribe to my You Tube channel and also follow me on Instagram and Twitter.