17.09.18 – Couch to 5K

Disclaimer: Exercising should be approved by your Dr following any major surgery or injury. I have been deemed safe by my Consultant to exercise with exceptions.

I’ve been struggling at work recently due to freeing tired after a few hours. I’m having to sit down for a few minutes every so often which isn’t easy as a nurse. The support I’m getting from my manager continues to be incredible, but there is only so much that can be done. Keeping me on 11 hrs won’t get me anywhere, so will need to start increasing them from now.

Recovery isn’t as easy as it may sound. I’ve lost muscle mass and still struggle with energy and motivation. I’ve been told to rest as much as I can, so this has been stuck in my head for a while. I’ve been doing a lot recently, but I’m not being very active. I spoke to my parents about it and mentioned that I had to build up my hours. My Dad suggested that I start doing some form of exercise, which should help to build up my stamina. I used to love going to the gym as it used to give me something to focus on, stress reliever and helped with my mental health. That evening, I joined up again and the next morning I headed over before work.

I managed a 25 min fast walk and 25 min gentle bike ride. The day after, I alternated between running and walking for about 10 mins and half an hour of more cycling. You could argue that I could do this outside, but I enjoy the gym environment. I’m more likely to get the exercise done.

After my first session, I thought about how I could slowly increase the amount I’m doing safely, so did a google search for exercise plans for beginners. Cardio is the safest option as I’m not lifting weights which may cause a hernia or muscle injury at this stage of my recovery. I came across a popular exercise plan called Couch to 5K. I thought that this would be ideal because it’s going from sedentary to active built up overtime. This plan is featured on an NHS website, so has been tried and tested by many. There is also an app to download in order to track your progress. I’ve allowed myself more time to do it if I need it, and not to push myself too much. I wouldn’t want to reverse any healing!

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