Get your running shoes ready – time to get serious


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The time has come and we all have to get serious about the goals we want to achieve before the summer comes. It is always good to set goals which you can follow, it keeps you focused and motivated. Be sure though that these targets are realistic so you do not get discouraged during the way.

My personal goal is to run the half-marathon this year. Hey, of course you do not need to start with the half-marathon right away. If you are not a runner at all do not get discouraged there are plenty of other options to get your cardio exercise for weight loss (e.g. Nordic walking, spinning, swimming).

Whichever exercise you choose you have to make sure you can fit it into your daily schedule, so ask yourself these questions:

  1. When am I more active in the morning or evening?
  2. Can I motivate myself after work to get my exercise done?
  3. Can I get off work in time to do my exercise or my evenings are unpredictable?
  4. How important for me the flexibility?
  5. How important for me the group experience?
  6. Do I need a trainer to motivate me?

Think about this way, the day has 24 hours and you must find a 30 minutes time for yourself every other day to exercise, it can’t be so hard.

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My choice of cardiovascular exercise is running. I will do my trainings after work as I’m really not a morning person. I will set meetings in my business calendar to make sure I force myself out of the office in time. I will go directly home, change and go running to avoid any disturbance or temptations (yes, we all know about the inviting atmosphere of the nice cosy sofa). I downloaded my training schedule from a specialised runner website which offer free programs for various levels (beginners welcome). I will follow this plan the next 10 weeks to prepare for the half-marathon, which will require me to run every second day so I really have to get myself organised. I will hang the plan up right above my fridge so I can see every single day what I have to achieve and keep myself motivated.

Now it is your turn,

I want you to take a piece of paper and write down what you will exactly do and when, no excuses.

POST IT! I would like to hear about what is YOUR personal goal! It will make you do it even more!!! You do it for all of us girls!!!

Some goodies for future runners at Zurich region, Switzerland

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My favourite places to fit your mood:

  • Limmat river bank – starting from Werdinsel (run through a picturesque village, passing the Kloster Fahr)
  • Sihl river bank – starting from Saalsporthalle (nice green fields with forest belts, lovely)
  • Lakeside – Zurich lake, Greifensee (must do)
  • Forest running pathways “Finnenbahn” and “Vitaparcour” (link to sites)
  • Open for public athletic fields (link to sites)
  • Jogging communities (city running)

Hit the road – bike yourself fit

Bike to work

We all waited for this moment, the sun is shining and the days are getting longer. Spring is in the air and I feel finally awaking from the long winter sleep. I feel so much more motivated to go outside, I love this time of the year.

Last weekend I grabbed a bucket of water and detergent to recover my long forgotten bicycle, happily acknowledged that nobody needed an extra wheel or my be-loved basket during the winter months and after some cleaning and pumping it was better than new.

Great, well done! And what’s next, I actually have to use my bicycle but during the week I have hardly any time and the weekends are busy too. I know, I’m going to ride my bicycle to work EVERY DAY! This is a great idea, I get some really good cardiovascular training in the morning and the evening, work on my lower half of my body – lets move those tights and calves – and I’m hoping it will help me to shed some pounds from my waistline too. Not to forget about, I do not need to share my bicycle with thousands of people commuting every day on the overcrowded trams.

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Here it is how I will go about it:

  1. Look out for the weather forecast to make sure I do not have to start with an unpleasant experience
  2. Select the route which is appealing in terms of the traffic, topography and surrounding, I would like to enjoy my daily ride to work and not stress myself
  3. Get the proper shoes, it is just much more comfortable to get into my flats and keep my heels at work. TIP good reason going for shoes shopping
  4. Check the facilities at work, so I do not have to search for places right before my meeting starts
  5. Do not forget the good mood

Ready, steady BIKE!

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