No gimmicky diet crazes this time though! Definitely no Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Dukan, Atkins or 5-2 Diet. There is really only one way to lose weight effectively and healthily and that is to eat less (or, to be more precise, eat wisely) and do more. Also, I'm not getting too hung up on weighing myself either. Instead I shall mostly be monitoring my progress by how my clothes fit, although to be fair I will check the scales once in a while, mostly so I can easily chart my progress in my blog. When it comes to food choices, I have enough experience to know what constitutes a healthy, balanced diet. All I need to do is to put this into practice and start to make the right choices.
I know for a fact that my CV fitness was improving last year. When I first started walking for longer distances that included an elevation, my breathing quickly became laboured and my heart rate increased significantly resulting in the need for frequent rests. I'd then have to wait until I could feel my heart rate slowing and my breathing became easier. As the year progressed and my fitness was improving the occasions when I needed to stop became fewer and further between and, when I did have to stop, I was finding that the amount of time it took my heart rate to decrease was also improving. I knew this was because I was all the while improving my cardio-vascular fitness. And it felt good!
There are two main areas where I need to improve my muscular strength and these are in my calves and knees. Mostly, it has to be said though, in my knees. Climbing up a hill very quickly puts a strain on the calf muscles, although I found that this was an area that improved very quickly after a couple of climbs. The main problem area, for me, was the old knees. Descending a hill could at times be very painful. Having a couple of walking poles did help a little, but even so my progress downhill was very often as slow, if not slower, than it was uphill. It was this, more than anything, that prompted me to contact Anthony at Breathe Fitness to seek his help. As a result, he has put together a comprehensive personal fitness programme for me aimed at addressing all three of my key fitness concerns and, having studied it closely, more besides!