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#AtoZChallenge H for Health and Fitness

April 9, 2018

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. The theme I have chosen for 2018 is The Story Of Me

I think I had a bit of an epiphany when I turned 30. I remember thinking that I was now officially over the hill and may not last much longer, so I’d better do something to improve my health if I wanted to be around to see my children grow up.

I went on a bit of a health and fitness kick, losing weight, getting fit and eventually managing the gym. My health and fitness kick has lasted ever since and is still a top priority in my life. By the way that is NOT me in the photo below.  But I’m sure you did realise that. Have to say though, that I would love those legs!

Adult Athlete Dark Energy Exercise Exercis

These days, I have my own purpose built, fully equipped gym at home.  You will find me in there in the early hours of the morning on week days doing strength training. Walking and bush walk is something I also like to do at least four times a week. Up until about a year ago, I was an avid cyclist, riding long distances almost every day. I was extremely fit then, much fitter than I am today, and would love to get myself that fit again.

At the moment, my fitness is fairly ordinary but I’m working on it. I stopped riding when I had a small accident and broke my arm and injured my knee. The arm took months to mend, and the knee has now come good, so it’s time to get back on the bike in a serious way again. I have been riding recently, but nothing serious.

When I was cycling seriously, I loved going on cycling holidays. Riding for 10 days with nothing else to think about is just bliss. I’ve done 13 Multi Day Rides: 3 Great Queensland Rides, 4 Great South Australian Rides, and 4 Great Victorian Bike Rides.  Those rides are usually for 8 days. I’ve also done 2 Great NSW Rides, one of them was through the Blue Mountains for two weeks. What better holiday could a dedicated cyclist ask for?

I had a wonderful time on all these rides. There were always a few people over the age of 80 riding.  I used to watch them in awe, and hope that I would be the same as them one day – still exercising, no matter the age and no matter how slow. I still hope to be that person one day.

In later years, I’ve really enjoyed doing some of the 12 week online challenges, starting off  with Michelle Bridges first 12wbt challenge in 2010. After achieving excellent results, I was appointed as an Ambassador to her program for two years.

This was a wonderful time of life. Weekends would see me travelling to Melbourne and interstate, many times for workouts. These workouts and fun runs, were both with Michelle and/or with fellow challengers.

In recent years, I’ve participated in Maxine’s Challenge which I also love. This program is based on weight training and fitness, rather than weight loss. The Maxine’s training programs are really great, and seem to be perfect for me, so I will probably keep doing them, even if not officially as part of the challenge.

In 2014, to celebrate turning 60, I walked the Camino de Santiago which is a 1000k pilgrimage walk. I did this walk alone and was very proud of myself to finish, and even walk the extra distance to the coast, making the final tally 1200 kilometres. If you wish, you can read about one of my most Memorable days on Camino de Santiago

Fortunately, I have no health issues and have had good health for all of my life. For my age, I’m sure that I’m quite fit and healthy, but I do notice a slowing down. For example I no longer wish to run, so I’m now concentrating on training for long distance walks instead.

I’d love to hear what you do to look after your health and fitness

Please visit again to see my story unfold. 

Jennifer

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7 Comments
  1. Love this Jennifer. What a great experience being an ambassador for Michele Bridges. I also envy you your own well equipped home gym. We both have much in common and good for you celebrating your 60th with the Camino walk. I would enjoy doing this but hubby isn’t too keen x another great episode in your life and the AtoZ challenge x

    • Thanks again Sue. My partner also wouldn’t be interested in a pilgrimage walk. I did it shortly after we became a couple. He did wonder what sort of crazy person he’d become entangled with!

  2. You are such an inspiration to those of us who balk at doing too much exercise Jennifer. You and Sue are so fit and healthy – I just wish I’d inherited the gene that lets you enjoy exercise!

    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au
    H for Hang on to your Dreams

  3. Thanks for your comments Leanne. I used to be a person who didn’t enjoy exercise, but I’ve found that having specific goals are a great motivation. They get me out of bed in the morning

  4. Wow that is some list of amazing accomplishments there! Well done to you for your commitment and enjoying what you do. I like walking/running everyday and we cycle regularly. In fact we’re off to Europe soon and have a cycle trip booked in Holland which should be nice and flat riding! We’ve done similar trips in France, New Zealand and Croatia and love this type of holiday. Great post 😊

    • I agree Deb, a cycling holiday is the best. Looking forward to your posts from Europe. I’ve ridden around England and Wales, which I forgot to mention in the post, but would love ride around Europe

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