Discovering new routes

Yesterday I walked along the River Wandle near Wimbledon, in London and I was amazed that I haven’t known about this route before yesterday because it was so peaceful and relaxed even though I was walking at a fast pace.

I love  discovering new routes, and will definitely be one I do again.

We then came across a place where there were a few outdoor bars and could sit in the sunshine and have a drink, which we (my mum and I) did take advantage and had a lovely glass of Pimms and Lemonade, and then on the way back,  I went on bit further to complete my 10,000 towards South Park Gardens.

It is amazing how you can come across new routes as you keep walking. When I first lived in Wimbledon, I never knew that there was an actual park in Wimbledon. It was only by walking that I discovered it and is one of my favourite, and my son’s too.

I have often, not this year yet, but walked and run from Putney to Hammersmith Bridge and onwards, and is a lovely walk, and I do feel somewhat nostalgic when I do as it brings back memories from when I used to live in Hammersmith.

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My weekly goal if you haven’t read my blogs this year is to do 20,000 plus steps a week, and so far I have done that.

I use a Health APP that was already on my phone to use and I love it.

Walking from Surbiton to Kingston and visa versa is a good route  and if you carry on from Kingston to Hampton Wick, or the other way from Kingston to Richmond it is lovely and I am very much looking forward to doing that route at some point this year.

A great and popular route for many cyclists and runners, and they even do a Parkrun at the weekend if you like running and would like to do a Parkrun once a week.

The Southbank in London, is one of my ultimate favourite routes to walk and I have run along the Southbank aswell, and if you do go that route from Vauxhall, Westminster or from Waterloo up towards Tower Bridge you will come across the Borough Market. I love taking a trip up to there, especially in the summer and winter around Christmas time, because there are many stalls where you can have a glass of beer or cider, and there are stalls where you can have a hot winter cider or mulled wine. during the colder months of the year.

Then if you carry on then you will pass the HMS Belfast, which is great to check out, but you do have to pay to visit the HMS Belfast, and then from there you will reach of course Tower Bridge, where you can visit the Tower of London.

If you go up to the Southbank and get off at Waterloo Station, you will see the London Eye, Shrek Adventure, The London Aquarium and London Dungeons.

Of course in visiting these places make sure you check their websites for information, because of Social Distancing rules.

You can also do many boat trips up the thames which are great and can go all the way to Canary Wharf and back.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

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Measuring my steps

Picture taken whilst out walking in London along the river thames

I am so glad to be back out walking outdoors exploring different places. Today I walked from Surbiton to Kingston, and then in my local area to pick up my son from School.

It is amazing how just doing the school run can build up my steps each day and running errands too. I have felt a little pain at the back of my legs but it does wear off after a bit and then I can walk in my comfortable stride, some more.

Walking can be done mostly everywhere and I love walking along the thames I find it so peaceful and calming. I plan to do a lot during the summer holidays as having a 6 year old to look after can burn off calories too.

The only area I have been struggling with doing, is training indoors, so going to spend some time before next week fitting in some good long training sessions at home to make up from the days I have missed.

When training indoors I do a mixture of strength training, to toning, cardio and some stretching.

It doesn’t have to be quick exercises, I like to take my time with each exercise to feel the fall force of it, rather than rushing.

Having some good music to listen to or a video is a good way of fitting in exercise, or even watching some TV whilst you do some.

Being someone who likes to walk a lot, working on my balance and stamina is a must and so I do tend to focus on these key things when I do my indoor training.

If you would like more details of my training then please leave a comment below.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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The difference between walking and running

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Hi everyone and it is another Sports and Fitness coaching blogpost and in today’s post I am writing about the difference between walking and running.

Now I have done both and what I love about walking is that you don’t have to where special gear to do it, and as long as the clothes are a comfortable fit, breathable and don’t rub when sweating, if you like me do a lot of walking, then it can be worn.

With running it is best to buy running bottoms and tops, because they are made especially for this activity and certain clothes like just a pair of leggins, in my experience can rub the more you sweat.

It is important when running you allow your body to breath and that means spending money on running shoes and clothes, where with walking as long as the shoes are comfy then again, they can be worn when walking with no problems.

I’m still not ready to run yet and today the back of my legs, which I have experience more when I have done some running, began to hurt whilst walking so this tells me that the walking I am doing is still benefiting me and I am still working those muscles without too much strain. When running it can cause a lot of strain, especially when running on concrete outdoors.

I am hoping that eventually with walking a lot again will end in me running again soon, but for the time being, if my body is not ready to run, then I will listen to it and keep on walking until I am physically able and ready to.

I will let you know how my fitness progresses as I get back into it, and what exercise I do.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Setting fitness goals

Getting fit can often be the last thing on our minds and something we start at the beginning of the year, but by February stop and then started again at the beginning of the next year.

When it comes to fitness you can begin at any time there are no real rules when getting fit, appart from learning the technique so we don’t pull a muscle or twist our ankles.

I now have begun to do walking again measuring my steps even if it is a little bit, I still record it because at the end of the day to me it is still exercise, and what I don’t do in the week I make up for when I have more time at the weekends.

Setting fitness goals are an essential part of getting fit, because then you have more chance of continuing especially when you start to see the results by doing so.

Check out my fitness goals below I have set for myself this year:

my fitness goals

Then I have created a training log using excel, where I will put the exercise I have done each day, adding a goal each time I train for the next session, so I make slow progression and don’t do too much in one go.

As you see I have not done a huge list, but the main areas I wish to work on.

I also put how many steps I have done and then add them up at the end of each week, so I can see how much I have done and what I can increase as I go, and I try to beat each week doing more steps per week to hopefully build up my fitness again.

I  also train with my weights and training mat to help me tone my body and to help with balance so I can soon begin to do some running again.

So lets work together in getting fit and remember it is about being healthy as much as it is to help maintain our body weight and size.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Walking fit/first walk in central london since lockdown

To say I am knackered now is an understatement. The things we do to look good, and the punishment we give ourselves when we haven’t done any kind of exercise at all, can be quite brutal.

If someone actually said to me what I say in my head they would get a massive thump, but yet we can be our own worse critic. 

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Today I did another long walk, like I did last week up London, through Battersea Park up to the Power station, and back through Battersea Park towards Chelsea, and to Fulham Broadway.

Don’t get me wrong I know it is my choice and I don’t have to go for a walk, but when I don’t I will then criticise myself for not being the weight I want to be and then get frustrated because the image in the mirror is not what I want it to be.

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Anyway I did complete my goal for the week, which is to complete up to 20,000 steps or more each week, and I am achieving it no matter how hard it is.

Please don’t think this is gloating I am just proving that if you set your mind to do such a goal then if I can do it, so can you.

As I have weekends free now as my sons dad looks after him on these days, I have time to myself to do some. However if you aren’t so lucky then get your kids to join you.

If they are anything like my son, they will be happy to be outdoors and I see a lot of kids running, walking or even cycling with their parents.

To help keep the momentum going I have started to do a Training log, to see what I have done and my progression, and I set myself a goal after each day I train.

Make it interesting by planning different routes as walking the same route each time can be boring, but however if you are like me have no sense of direction and can easily get lost then do plan your route so you know where you are heading.

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Luckily I know my way around Fulham, Chelsea and Hammersmith, its a shame I no longer live there, any how comes in handy when I want to do my walking in these areas.

When I first lived in Epsom and Wimbledon I was forever getting lost that I had to call my mum who is really the worse person, as she has worse sense of direction then me, but I did and did manage to find my way back in the end.

Any how I am glad I have completed my walking for this week and now gonna chill for the rest of the day and make the most of my free time until tomorrow when it is start of another week.

Please let me know of where you walk if you live in London or surrey, I love recommendations, so please let me know. You can leave a comment below.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie x

 

 

 

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Getting my fitness Mojo back

Library of people walking towards stock png files ▻▻▻ Clipart ...I am sitting at the computer at almost 10pm to write about getting my fitness mojo back, when all I can think about is how modern technology can be a complete arsehole.

It was so good to do some walking today even though it did rain on my first walk I did this morning, to the fact that I couldn’t wait to get back out there again.

I was going to do some running but I just can’t get into the mindset to do any yet, and feel that I am not ready to do any running again, so I have decided to make do with walking.

I needed to walk off the cobwebs from the day before, as it had been a very bad day, apart from when I got 5 minutes to myself and sat in the park whilst I drank my cold iced latte that was disgusting.

Twice yesterday my computer decided to crash and close itself down yesterday and just now whilst watching Not Going Out on Dave, the signal went.

I so wish that there was such things like magic rather than modern technology, because I just want to click my fingers and I wouldn’t have a pile of washing on the floor but was already washed and cleaned just by a click of the finger.

No point giving it the finger because that’s not going to clean the clothes to be washed is it so I have to make do with how things stand now and I just hope the washing machines washes the clothes with no disasters.

Swearing at modern technology however mad it sends you has no benefits as the only person to get wound up about it is you.

I am so glad I am not the woman who’s on everyone’s satnav otherwise I would be arch enemy number one, and getting sworn at on a daily basis.

I used to get such abuse when working in a call centre so god forbid what it be like to be that woman getting non stop abuse by people when all she is doing is giving directions.

Plus with my no sense of direction, I would send everyone around the bend so it is for safety reasons that I am not.

Anyway I am just glad that I don’t have my lovely 6 year old to contain with today and have some time to myself however much I love him. Parenting takes its toll too, and so today was a much better day, to the fact that I am looking forward to doing some more walking and fitness training tomorrow aswell.

It is good that I have got my energy back to do some training and I hope by doing so will help me lower my weight gain, as I am not happy with the way I look at the moment, so it is in great need to be taken care of once again.

I have battled with my weight for most of my life and I try not to let it get me down, but it does, so I hope by walking again and measuring my steps again will help make me feel good about myself again.

If you don’t want to know about how many steps I did today then look away now, but if you do want to know it was 11,382. Please don’t tell me to f’ off, and feel bad, it is just to prove that it can be done, just doing a bit a day can make all the difference.

Anyway I am going to work some more and then rest for the evening.

Please stay safe and many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

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Back at it and footballs back

turn a set back into a come back

Hello and welcome to another blog on my Sports and Fitness coaching blog. 

So I have since last Tuesday got back into my fitness training, and trying to do a bit each day, even if it is some walking outdoors.

I am doing a mixture of weights, leg workouts and obliques and it is good to be back at it again. Sometimes taking a break can help your body recuperate and when you do get back into it again, can make you be pleased to be back exercising again, as you see the benefits of it more.

I was going to do a run on Sunday but I left it to late, but in the end I just did some walking as I hadn’t slept well the night before, as was up most of the night, and you should never do any training if your body is not physically up to it.

Sometimes you have to listen to your body rather than forcing yourself to do some.

This weekend the football returned after being off for so long due to the Covid19 outbreak, and even though there are no crowds like before it is still good to see it back on our screens.

I bought myself some new gear for my training, which always gives me the energy to do some training, and bought a couple of tops from TK Maxx and were only £7.99 each, so a bargain if I may say so myself.

Here they are in the picture below.

I don’t like to spend over a tenner for fitness tops and often will buy second hand, but as the charity shops aren’t open at the moment, had a look in TKMaxx who often have some great low priced items along with Sports Direct or Amazon.

So lets see how I progress and I will keep you posted as I continue on getting back into my fitness during this Pandemic we are going through still.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

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Not working out

Hi and welcome to another sports and fitness coaching blog post.

So since I wrote my last fitness blog I haven’t really done any working out at all. I know it is so lazy but having such a short space of time it has not been possible, but once Henry does full days at school again it will be.

Is it good to take time off?

Sometimes I feel it is, because you do have to allow your body to recharge and be in the right mindset to do any, which I haven’t and I have only had short spells of time which I use to write my books and blogs.

I like to spend the afternoons with my son so we have that 1 to 1 interaction.

What I am going to begin to do is use my weekends to workout even if it for 10 minutes  or so least it will be something.

Finding the time when you are working parent can be tricky but you find a way.

I say use what time you have and work exercise around your lifestyle not  the other way around.

If you have stairs in your house use these as part of your exercise just make sure all is clear as you don’t want to be tripping over a toy left on the stairs.

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Do this for all places you wish to workout, especially if you working out barefooted.

Invest in a workout mat. I love mine in fact I will be at some point grabbing this to workout at my home in Wimbledon.

When training at home I would invest in a set of dumbbells as these are great to keep on you and leave them in a room that I use a lot. In sight in mind.

Working out at home doesn’t need to be hard graft in fact some workouts when I do, I take my time. It’s not about racing your workouts but benefiting from them.

So take care and stay safe.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

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Watching old football matches

Hello and happy Wednesday, we are halfway through the week and the other day I was flicking through the TV guide and came across an old football match Man United against Arsenal, and I watched the whole of the first half, well practically.

I knew it was a old one because they had Andy Gray who is one of my favourite Pundits commentating and Phil Neville was playing, so it was quite an old one, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

Ronaldo who I did think was a bit of show off then, dominated the right hand side of the pitch and reminded me of what a great footballer he really is, because he literally played most of that game with the ball to his feet, it just the other plays couldn’t keep up with him.

What I love about old football is the lack of diving as this is one of my pet hates, I do not like this being in the game, especially in the British game, and even I moaned when many Chelsea Players would do that, as it wastes so much time.

Of course there was no VAR so it all was judged by the referee, and I got to say Roy Keane took no prisoners when he played and would take you out if you had the ball, and many of the free kicks and bookings were harsh because he did go for the ball at the same time, and could you imagine if the old Leeds players got booked, they were known to be rough team same as the old Wimbledon FC team, there’d be no one left on the pitch.

Football is a different game today, and many of it very commercialized, hence why I started to follow lower league football, because that old passion is still there. I am dying to go back to Craven Cottage again where Fulham FC play. I was a steward there during season 1996-97, and absolutely loved it.

Me and one of my friends would also even after I stopped stewarding went to watch Fulham FC, when Chelsea FC played away.

Fulham FC is a brilliant ground to go to and is a much better layout compared to Chelsea as they have built underneath and around the ground, that there is no chance of overcrowding or anything.

What I also loved about the old football is the songs. I do love a football song and this is my favourite. The World In Motion where glorious John Barnes did his famous rap.

So if you too like watching old football matches then get in touch I’d love to know which matches you liked by commenting below.

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

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MY TEN FITNESS TIPS

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Hello and welcome to another Sports and fitness coaching blog.

In this post I am giving My Ten Fitness Tips.

  1. Use fitness as long life time change not a short term or just for the new year
  2. Change your diet and do a food swap each day or week
  3. Workout to music. I find this instantly gets me moving, even if is dancing around the living room
  4. Plan your workouts and work them around your lifestyle, don’t work around exercise
  5. Have a variety of workout programmes to keep your energy to a workout on high
  6. Set yourself targets and goals every time you plan a workout
  7. Lay your fitness gear beside your bed so you can put it straight on as soon as you get up in the morning
  8. Have purpose. So this could be setting up a 5KM Walk or run, or work towards a dress you have been meaning to get into
  9. Increase your workout gradually not all at once, as this can destroy your energy and enthusiasm if not
  10. Set a time and put it into your schedule

If you have any further tips then please share, by commenting below.

You can follow this blog to keep up to date with my posts and I will post again next week.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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