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Friday, November 07, 2008

The Exercise Project


This morning's short jog, minus the first section where I was trying to get the GPS on the iPhone to work. Did a restart in the end.
Have you tried regular exercise over a prolonged period of time? I think most people probably have. For me though, it's a first.

It's still early days. The jogging-three-times-a-week thing only started a fortnight back, but already I'm noticing the difference. Firstly, my legs don't hurt as much after a run. Secondly, for the first time in my adult life I can touch the ground without bending my legs at the knee (OK, so I have to do the splits, but it's a start!).

But it's not these things that I'm most pleased about - it's the general feeling of healthiness. This week has been another week of very late nights and 7am starts, and not the most balanced diet in the world (haven't been out for shopping lately so lunch tends to consist of white rice with sesame, 10 tangerines and 3 bananas). Despite this, I'm feeling really energised. I can feel a difference both physically and mentally. Feel much more alert.

And whilst I might be drawing lines where there are none, I'm sleeping much better too. It's now often the case that as soon as I decide I want to sleep, I sleep. Deeply. Of course, this could be due to suppressed exhaustion, but I'm not so sure. It's not been like this before.

So whilst I don't recommend not getting enough sleep, I do recommend early morning exercise.

My regular route is published above, so you know where to find me if you'd like to join me :-)

p.s. I think we have a Trailwalker Team! More news on that to follow. Now off to work.

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