Hope you had a great week so far.
I’ve started exercising again last month and it’s not been easy, especially with the winters in the Karoo, which can be a bit harsh. However, I cannot wait for the spring weather to completely kick in. I miss my hiking adventures.
Speaking of, my blogger friend and mentor, Melissa Javan, recently had her first hiking experience. Judging from the pictures on Instagram, it was quite a lot of fun. I asked her to write a piece about her exercise journey and the hiking adventure, and here it is:
My deadline to start exercising was a friend of mine’s hike. The hike took place on Saturday 19 August 2017 on fitness blogger, Samantha Dube‘s birthday. I started my exercise journey on Women’s Day 9 August 2017.
I started exercising for ten minutes a day. Sometimes I skip one or two days (to exercise). On the days I do exercise, I feel great doing it!
The thing is, I don’t know what I’m doing and my body isn’t used to this either. It’s been years since I exercised. Even when I was a learner in school, I’d rather sit with a book in class during interval than run around with my friends.
In high school though, I did some running for about two years – long distance. I always came last – once, second last because one girl hurt herself during the race.
HOW I STARTED
So I started watching YouTube videos on exercises you can do at home. On Thursday 17 August 2017, my upper legs and knees were in pain. The night before I had done 15 minutes exercise instead of the usual 10 to 12 minutes exercise. I also did a lot of leg exercises, because it was easy and fun to do.
WHAT I LEARNED
The mistake I made was that even though it looks easy, too much of a thing is not good. I couldn’t go to work, because of the pain. While resting, I asked my fitness blogger friend for advice and I realised I should have done more research before I started exercising.
I read an interview with a sportswoman and saw in her routine she exercises different parts of her body on different days of the week. For example, if she did a lot of her upper body exercises today, tomorrow, she’ll do her lower body.
I’m still reading more on what type of exercises I should do. I’ve also started following some people on Instagram that does at home exercises.
HOW THE HIKE WENT
My husband, our 19-months-old daughter and I went on the hike with Samantha and her two sisters. We did the hike at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.
I was happy when my colleague told me beforehand that there’s a waterfall at the Gardens. It’s really beautiful.
Another friend would have joined us with her four-year-old daughter. The day before we went, my friend and I discussed the hike and I realised that the hike might not be child-friendly.
Husband and I have an Outdoor Baby backpack/ carrier for Princess (who weighs about 10 kilo’s), so we would have it easy.
It’s a good thing my friend didn’t join us with her daughter because some of the steps on the hiking trail were really steep. A real challenge for a short person like me. I climbed a step using my hands as well (like I was crawling).
Luckily Husband (he’s tall) came along to carry Princess all the way.
Needless to say, we enjoyed the hike. It was a scenic, safe route and there were friendly people along the way. I’m definitely doing this again!
As for the exercise, we’re taking it one day at a time.
Melissa Javan is a writer who lives and works in Johannesburg. She writes about entrepreneurship, her journey as a journalist, and sometimes about motherhood. She recently started exercising, because she wants to be fit enough to piggy back her child and young cousins.
Feature photo by Samantha Dube