Ah, failed New Year’s resolutions. Hands up if this is also you?
Last New Year’s Eve, I made a promise to reduce my waist size from 39 inches down to 34 inches after stubbornly buying some new shorts that would only have fit me when I was thinner.
Ten months on, it’s time for an update. And, the news is bad, very bad…
The excuses fall neatly into valid: Life has been hectic at work and at home, with long hours and family commitments. And, not so valid: My sofa is more comfortable than my saddle.
Knowing that I’ll look a prize fool if my resolution fails, I’ve given my self a proverbial kick up the backside, with a cunning weight loss solution. And, strangely for a cyclist, it doesn’t involve bicycles.
The solution came to me on the sofa. Whilst hunting around in my wallet for the video shop card (I don’t just sit on the sofa, I do constructive things whilst there, you know!), I came across my rather unused gym membership card.
Going to the gym tackles the valid excuse of not having enough free time.
- Intensive short workouts (that are less time consuming) in the gym can equal more calorie burning than my ‘keeping up a chat’ lengthier cycling workouts.
- Gym work can also help with building core strength, thereby meaning I can cycle for longer, or at a greater intensity, as well, when I do get out on the bike.
- And, for those with less time and a tighter budget, you can also do gym exercises at home
It’s beginning to pay off, too:
“I’ve lost a few pounds (weight, not just money!) in a couple of weeks already by going to the gym three times a week for half an hour.
Which is more than I can say from ten months seated on the mountain bike and sofa.