I’m a woman in my fifties, with a full-time job where I sit at a desk all day, and a long commute. I’m usually out of the house for 12 hours a day. When I get back there’s just enough time to cook, (unless my lovely partner has already done that), eat, relax for an hour or two and head to bed… Work, eat, sleep repeat…
Why I Started writing Time to Get Fit
In December 2014, I’d finally had enough of saying I was going to get fit, and using lack of time as an excuse. I was getting increasingly frustrated with the amount of time I spent commuting. There had to be a way to put that time to better use. There isn’t much you can do driving on the motorway of course, but you can listen to stuff, so I download some podcasts and start to learn Spanish. At least that’s one form of self improvement – but that’s a whole other story.
But there are things you can do as a passenger in a car, on a train, or even in the office. So when my commute changed to one on the train I came up with a range of exercises that I started doing wherever, and whenever I could.
Out of that, Time to get Fit was born, purely to share what I’d learned with anyone else struggling with the same lack of time that I was.
Time to Get Fit isn’t fast, but it is sustainable, and it’s been easy. I’ve linked to information that helped inspire me, I hope you’re inspired too. I’ve also given tips, and an exercise sheet whenever I added to my routine. You can find these under the Exercises categories when you need a quick reminder. I progressed to gradually doing more as time went on, so I have tracked my journey from simple exercises first, to some more advanced ones.
As I got hooked, I started wanting to do more and more. I started to feel energised, and regularly manage to get up just 15 minutes earlier to fit in a really quick ‘workout’. I’ve also reviewed a couple of exercise routines that I think are worth a go (and still don’t take much time).
Be patient and build up slowly. Once you are truly hooked on the immense satisfaction you’ll gain from feeling fitter, you will no doubt find your own routine that is perfect for you, whether that’s HiiT exercises from The Body Coach, Streamed yoga routines, the Just six weeks app or just lots more walking.
I hope this is useful for you. That’s all I want. I will add some affiliate links as I go, I’d like to make this financially sustainable too as I near my retirement age, but there is no obligation to click on anything unless it genuinely interests you or would be useful for you. Not everything I reviewed has an affiliate link, and I’ll say when it does.
Above all, if you want to get fit, remember, any exercise is better than no exercise, and you don’t have to go all out and burn out in a month, take the slow and steady approach like I did. It’s still working for me four years later.
In my first 18 months (I told you it wasn’t quick), I lost a stone in weight, and about 10cm off most of my body measurements – even though personal circumstances meant that I let it slide for about six months. I took photos along the way to mark my progress, but I think the measurements I took are more useful, so I created this graphic to give an idea of how my body changed over that time.
What matters most to me is that my clothes fit better, and I feel more energetic. I also feel in control for the first time in a long while. I got my health back, and you can too.
I measured myself in January 2015, just after I began, and then again in July 2016.
A: Under armpits. 102cm, became 95cm
CH: Chest. 105cm became 96cm
W: Waist. 97cm became 87cm
H: Hips. 104cm became 99cm
TH: Thigh. 57cm became 51cm
Inspiration: Get 1% better everyday.