My year of moving naturally…

What I want

I want to move. A lot.  Outside, as much as possible.

I want to be healthy, not fit.

I want to work it all into my day, moving naturally, without a gym class in sight.  Using the shopping, my kid, my commute, my housework, my down time, the way I sit, the way I align myself, the way I eat, the way I walk, the shoes I wear…using real life to move as we are designed to.  To use by body as the amazing tool it really is.

I want to be strong and flexible enough to be healthy now (so I can easily run around after my pre-schooler and throw her up in the air, walk home with bags of shopping as I try to chase her, have the energy for my me-time once she is in bed) and as I get older. So I can be around, and at my best, for those I love.

It starts now, with this blog to help me keep track and to record my progress.  And to spur me on if I feel like giving up!  I have paid for this, it is public, so I have to keep going!

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I have started with walks here – the local beck by my mum’s house.

 

About me

A full-time and exhausted (at times) single mum to a pre-schooler.  Plus, I work full-time as a lecturer at a big uni here (and yes, that still makes me a full-time mum!).  I’m in my mid 30s and have never been super fit, or done any extreme (or even semi-extreme) exercise.  I have to be careful with my budget. As a child I had no outside hobbies, and grew up with no outdoorsy activities.  I didn’t pursue ballet or martial arts or anything that would be a good foundation to what I am trying to do now.  If I can do it, anyone can.

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Me on one of my winter walks

Inspiration

I noticed, after spending 2015 job hunting and sitting more than I have ever sat before, my tummy was huge! 4 years after having a baby and more or less snapping back into my pre-pregnancy shape, I wondered what was going on.  I thought it was related to reaching my mid-30s.  Spreading middle, creaky knees, bad back….that’s what awaits, right?

I spent many hours doing burpees, planks and crunches.  I walk a lot anyway (to creche and to work and to the supermarket), like to swim, and later in the year joined a gym and started eating food I cooked (rather than food on the go). And my mid-section stayed the same.  No, if I’m honest it got worse.

I always had a feeling that just going to the latest fad in exercise classes, or getting super fit super quickly, didn’t work, not in the long term. I could never put my finger on it, and my view now is coloured by what I have been reading (and feeling) recently, but I observed athletes with hip replacements and dodgy knees.  Friends who do a lot of cross-training or running or whatever is in, and who seem as tired and unwell as those who don’t do those things (just a bit skinnier or stronger in certain muscles perhaps).

More about my inspiration is to come in a later post, but it all started when I contacted an old university friend who retrained as a personal trainer after having children.  Turns out I have been doing it all wrong.  Exercising, alignment, standing, stretching…even walking and wearing shoes wrong! My wonderful friend set me on this path towards Mutu, Katy Bowman and a complete change in mindset in how to treat my body well.

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Winter walk with extended family

This blog

So, this blog is about getting healthy over the course of this year.  About passing on good examples to my pre-schooler (wish I’d caught this earlier in the past 4 years when childhood habits and bones were actively forming and joints were more flexible, but I am starting now and it’s never too late).

I’m starting off with walking every day, outside, no matter what the weather, for at least an hour (which sounds so little when I type it – only one hour out of 24!). My pre-schooler needs to slowly get used to moving and not being carted around in a buggy.  Which, to offer some defense, is somewhat of a necessity for longer for most single parents I know.  Often carless, how else can we pick up the shopping or arrive places in time? But, more about that later too.

Follow me as I move more, eat better to support this, change the way I think about moving and get off my bum.

 

 

 

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