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I Need To Get In Shape!

I Need To Get In Shape

Last week I took a day off work and hiked up Snowdon with a couple of friends.  It was brilliant but also exhausting and I’ve decided I need to get in shape.

I used to do a lot of hiking.  I must have been up Snowdon a dozen times before.  But this time it almost killed me.

On numerous occasions I had to ask my friends to stop and wait for me.  This was quite embarrassing.  I managed to complete the route but by the time we finished I had pulled a muscle in my leg.  I was under-prepared and although I enjoyed the day, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I normally would.

I still appreciated the scenery though, it’s unbelievable – in parts it looked more like the mountainous of a ski resort than North Wales:

I’m not making excuses but there are a few different routes up Snowdon and we picked a particularly difficult one.  We did the first half of the ‘Snowdon Horseshoe’.  The route takes you along a narrow ridge (this has claimed a few souls over the years) and there is quite a lot of climbing/scrambling involved as well as hiking, so it is a genuinely hard route.  I also had a few beers the night before (which I deeply regretted!) and I slept badly.  But all things considered, the main reason I struggled was simply because I’m out of shape.  And this needs to change.

I spent most of my time sitting at a desk and while I love my job, this aspect of it isn’t healthy.  I need to get back in shape.

So, here’s my plan:

  • If you want to get fit, it’s good to have a goal.  My friends and I have agreed that we will go back to Snowdon in August with a view to doing the entire Snowdon Horseshoe route.  If I achieve this aim I will feel like I have conquered my nemesis so to speak.
  • From now until the end of the summer, I will aim to do a decent amount of exercise every Saturday and Sunday.  It doesn’t have to be a walk, I will also count an activity such as wakeboarding (which I do frequently during summer) and snowboarding (which I do infrequently).
  • I’ve installed the Strava app on my phone to keep track of the walking I do.  The best way to improve something is to start measuring it.  I’ve also installed the Strava widget on this website – you can see this in the sidebar on the right (or scroll down the page if you’re on a mobile).  I figure purely by this being on my blog it will make me feel more accountable!
  • I’ve vowed to develop my knowledge to support this.  You may recall I recently reviewed The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris.  I have just purchased his second book, titled The 4Hour Body.

A lot of entrepreneurs cite exercise as one of the best things you can do to stay productive (just ask Richard Branson!) so I’m hoping to see a positive impact on my business as a result of this.

I’m also hoping I don’t hold my friends up next time we climb Snowdon…