Spring fitness and diet efforts
Anybody else emerging from winter, feeling the need to get things back on track physically?
The previous two winters, I was doing nearly two hours of barn chores five mornings a week, and riding about three or four times a week on average. This winter, I part boarded a horse on full care board, so I dropped back to riding three days a week, and no chores.
Well, I put on at least ten pounds over this winter because of the lack of activity.
Being active outdoors here is tough in the winter, because our winters are BRUTAL, and I live too far from any gyms to make them worthwhile.
So my current efforts include super long walks, at least three times a week, in addition to riding three times a week. Like, walks that are anywhere from 6km to 9km, on average. Today's walk included a few stretches of jog, too, just to test those waters. And they felt okay. (I used to run 5km regularly, and could run 10km six years ago!)
One advantage to having gotten a bit out of shape is that I get WARM when I walk!! I'll see other people in heavy jackets, and there I am, hoofing it along and sweating in a tank top. Also, I have lots of secluded, pretty roads and pathways near me, so it's easy to get out without getting close to anyone.
I haven't made much of a conscious effort from a dietary perspective, yet, because I think my main problem was a lack of activity, and not so much the food part. But one side effect of having more time on my hands from COVID shut downs is that I've been doing a lot more cooking, with better, "real" ingredients. So I think that's on the right track. But at some point I might take a closer look at what I'm actually doing in that department. Less wine, less snacking, more veg, and leaner meats might not be the worst changes to make...
How's everyone else doing?