What is the 100 Days of Movement Challenge?
I committed to moving my body in some way every day for 100 days, this doesn’t mean I went crazy with exercise for all those days. I listened to my body and did the appropriate movement for that day.
Why did I start the 100 Days of Movement Challenge?
I started suffering with low moods and low energy levels around October last year, this evolved from being burnt out, from a combination of setting up my business, over exercising/dieting, getting sick as well as being injured. My light definitely started dimming, I decided to do the 100 Days of Movement Challenge to get myself out of my own head and to remember that movement doesn’t need to be about weight and body fat %. That movement/exercise is about getting outside, connecting with people, increasing energy levels, increasing mental alertness, reducing stress, improving fitness, improving strength, achieving goals and feeling even more awesome. Weight is actually just a nice side effect of all the above. I also wanted to find the joy in strength training again, which I lost around October time.
What type of activity did I do?
Activities included strength training, walking, boxing, cycling, yoga, doing my physio rehab exercises, Tabata* work outs, rolling, stretching and ball work.
How did I go with the 100 Days of Movement Challenge?
I really enjoyed this challenge, I think I had one day off during the 100 days where I was feeling really tired. Aside from that day I completed some form of movement every day.
What learnings did you take from the 100 Days of Movement Challenge?
That I love being active, fit and healthy. That movement makes me feel awesome and helps with my mood. That movement doesn’t always need to be about smashing yourself at the gym, it should be about loving yourself and looking after yourself. That I love being outside. and that I need to be kinder to myself. That I could probably do with exercising a bit less.
How am I feeling after the 100 Days of Movement Challenge?
I am feeling much better, my mood has stabilised, I’m eating better and looking after myself again. I’ve found my joy in strength training (boom) and Im in week 4 of my new program. Happy days! Im also planning my next fitness challenge while I wait for my surgery date to fix my hip.
*What is Tabata training?
Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo discovered the training style. They concluded that high-intensity interval training has more impact on both the *aerobic and *anaerobic systems. Tabata training lasts for 4 minutes and you can do with any exercise really.
- Workout hard for 20 seconds
- Rest for 10 seconds
- Complete 8 rounds
*Aerobic exercise is sometimes known as “cardio”, it requires the pumping of oxygenated blood by the heart to deliver oxygen to working muscles.
*Anaerobic is short-lasting, high-intensity activity, where your body’s demand for oxygen exceeds the oxygen supply available. It relies on energy sources that are stored in the muscles.