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Back to the gym

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Rocking on!

One of the things that I really enjoyed about living in my OfficeTel, was that there was a fitness center a few minutes’ walk from my door. Since Jo came, and we moved 2.5km down the road, I’ve been rather lazy about hitting the gym. I even had three months left on my membership that, ultimately, ran out without getting any use.

Now that doesn’t mean that I’ve been a slug on our couch. In fact, I’ve been able to drop a few kilos while here in new place because of the exercise I’ve been doing… but it just wasn’t the same.

I’d get up in the morning, have a cup (or pot) of coffee, stretch, do some push-ups and sit-ups before heading out to the stairwell. My exercise consisted of running up and down the 10 flights of stairs.

I’d race down to the first floor, turn around and then run up to the second… back down to the first… then up to the third. I’d repeat the process all the way up to floor ten. The entire process took about 18 minutes, so I’d then reverse the order… ten down to one… back up to nine… to one… to eight until I ultimately arrived at the first floor. After about 40 minutes, I called it quits.

As fun as that was, I really missed lifting, so I decided on a new plan! For the next six months, I’ll run to my old gym and lift. It’s about 2.5km there, so I get some good cardio exercise (especially since some of it is uphill). I’ll then stretch and lift. Finally I’ll run the 2.5km back home.

My first attempt at doing this wasn’t that successful. Getting there and lifting was no problem, but I was spent by the time I was going to head home. I may end up running a second 2.5km on the treadmill before lifting to get my full 5km in each day.

Once the weather starts turning south (Fall/Winter), I’ll shift my work-outs back to the stairs, but add a gym membership to the place in my work building. That way, I can run in the morning, and then just head to school a little earlier for a lifting work-out before classes begin. I think it sounds good on paper… we’ll see how well it actually gets implemented.

What’s your work-out plan or goals for this year?


Written by Steve Miller

April 28, 2010 at 4:16 am

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  1. Sounds good, know how hard it gets sometimes too. Doing a lot of running too and weights, gotta find time to fit something in. I always say, a little something each day is a good thing and not wasted!


    April 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

    • I love working out! It’s so much fun. When I went in today it was so much easier than at first. I remember back in the day, when I used to work out seven days a week. Granted I had nothing else to do, but boy I was fit! Now I just try to maintain and work out five days a week (Monday through Friday). I find that doing so gets me the extra energy I need to make thing happen.

      What’s your regime?


      April 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

  2. I need to lose weight. When I get to Korea I hope to have a gym close-by that I can join. Plus I want to do more hiking depending on where I end up living. Until then, after I move next week I’ll be walking to and from my TESL course (while it lasts) which is about a 45min – 1 hr walk one way, so that should help me lose some weight.


    April 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    • That should really help you lose weight. One the challenges I faced this year was not walking that much (my apartment was right next to school). Now I get 5km in just going to and from school, not to mention the morning workouts. It makes a huge difference. I also try to take the stairs as much as possible.

      I’m sure you’ll drop lots of weight here!


      April 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

  3. Good for you!!

    I really need to get moving myself 😛 I’m not much of a training-liking-person, but I know deep down that a little exercise is good for me 😛


    April 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    • I used to feel that way, but now I love it!


      April 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      • I started jogging last year, and in the beginning I always thought my running style looked weird, and that people would look at me funny and yadayadayada… lol. But then after a little while I realised that nobody gives a damn about you when they’re running, it’s all about themselves! Which made things a bit easier for me, not having to worry about “looking good” when running, hehe… I’ll probably, or, I should say, I WILL, take up jogging again once the weather gets a weeee bit warmer, a bit chilly here still :/


        April 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm

  4. To combat the fatigue with the 2nd run, maybe refuel with carb/protein drink after your first run? By the time you’re done lifting, your drink should be settled enough not to bother your run home.


    April 29, 2010 at 1:33 am

    • Perhaps… but after lifting with the legs… they’re wiped! It will change as I get used to exercising again. I used to run after lifting, so I know it will just take a little time before I’m back into the swing of things. Although I do like the idea of running an extra 2.5km at the gym and then just walking home… a grand total of 7.5km in the morning sounds nice.


      April 29, 2010 at 8:30 am

  5. My plans???? None!!!! LOL


    April 29, 2010 at 11:07 am

  6. bookmarked your advise will scan this latter . Regards, Mike


    May 13, 2010 at 6:22 am

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