Since I have started working in the PE department at work I took it upon myself to make my lifestyle a lot healthier, being around PE teachers who regullary go to the gy,m, go running and take part in sport has really inspired me to improve myself. I have only been in the PE department for about 8 weeks so far, but I can already see a difference in myself…
10,000 steps at work
Up until 8 weeks ago I was just regular Teaching Assistant in a high school, it involved sitting down most the day in classrooms and not doing a lot of walking. However now, I pride myself on reaching 10,000 steps a day (even sometimes before I have lunch). Being up on my feet all day, only sitting down for break and lunch is working wonders for me. I tried on a pair of shorts I had bought last summer (they were a little tight back then), but now they are actually TOO BIG! To keep track of my steps I use a fitness watch, a little like a FitBit, but this one is only £20 from Amazon. I find having the watch motivational as you can set targets for what you want to achieve and by what time.
No more coffee
I used to be a real breakfast person, I would never leave the house without a big bowl of cereal, now I barely eat in the mornings, I think it’s because I’m too lazy to get up and allow time for the whole process. I got into a really bad habit of drinking a latte every morning before I went to work, this meant adding loads of milk and sugar to it making it really unhealthy! So my new aim is to cut coffee out, or at least only have it once a week as a treat.
Once a week after work my friend and I go out for a walk, Wednesday are known as ‘Walking Wednesday’ (and also Doughnut Wednesdays, but I’ve gone of them so I’m safe from them). We got out for an hour after work walking different routes each week, we don’t walk particularly fast or far but it’s a good way to get out and get some fresh air.
In addition to walking club I also aim to go out on my own hikes either at the weekend or after work, as it is getting lighter in the evenings now that means it is possible to do a 2 hour hike after work. I normally aim for do about 9 miles which takes about 2 and a half hours.
What healthier lifestyle changes have you made this year? I need some more ideas, so let me know in the comments below.