My plan to improve my health and fitness is to try my best to stay consistent with my exercise and meal plan. I think that being consistent in any plan is very important because it allows you to not be so strict with yourself and teaches how to do things in moderation.
I always find that if I jump into any meal plan or exercise plan too quickly that I never follow through with it. Therefore, my goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and I can do this by consistently eating healthier and exercising more regularly. But the first thing that I need to do is to develop the habit of a healthy lifestyle slowly so that I can get used to the pace and keep up with it. I plan to do this by having short exercise sessions and occasionally adding in a few sessions that are longer.
This plan offers many opportunities as it can help me to improve my mental health, my wellbeing and my fitness. However, there is the risk that I can become bored of the exercise that I do or even become lazy. It is also hard for me to eat according to a diet because I find it difficult to stick to.
The main threat for me is that my days at school are so busy and I attend extra lessons and extra murals, so by the time I get home I am generally too tired to exercise, or I just do not have enough time to do a lot of exercise. My goal is to make more time for exercising because I think that it will really benefit me and help in reducing my stress levels. I also want to try and mediate more often because it really does clear my head and help me focus rather than panic.
Interpretation of my current fitness levels
After having exercised for 18 consecutive days, I generally feel like I have a lot more energy and I am proud of my fitness progress. At the beginning of my fitness plan, my resting heart rate was 73bpm and it has now decreased to about 70bpm on average. My maximum heart rate was always quite different depending on how intense my workouts were. I noticed that my recovery pulse rate began to return to the resting heart rate a little bit faster. When I did low intensity workouts I did not compare my recovery heart rate to my high intensity workouts because my heart rate did not increase a lot when I did these workouts.
How these activities improved my stress levels
I am someone who suffers from anxiety badly, so when I exercise it really helps me to push out my frustrations and clear my head from all the pressure on my mind. Because I am a very busy person with a lot going on, I do not usually get the time to exercise and release all my stress. That is why these activities have been so helpful to me. They have allowed me to get rid of stress daily without it building up and making me have panic attacks due to stress. When I exercise it also helps me sleep much better and wake up the next morning not feeling as drained.
Impact these activities have had on my emotional and social well-being
It is proven that when you exercise, your body releases hormones that make you feel happy and these are called endorphins. As tired as I am after my workouts sometimes, I always feel content and when I exercise I feel more worthwhile. When I am feeling good from exercising, I feel that I have more purpose and that I can have more confidence and achieve more emotionally and socially. This fitness program has helped me in realizing the strain that is put on me emotionally when I do not get the chance to exercise. I become moody and anxious when I do not get the change to exercise and I am happy that I have now realized what is important for my body. From now on I will try to exercise as regularly as possible in order to prove my strengths and determination to myself and definitely to boost my confidence emotionally and socially.
Success of self-set goals at the beginning of the program
At the beginning of this program I made sure to set goals that were challenging but at the same time were not unattainable. I managed to complete my exercise program and will continue to record my exercise because I get extra motivated when I see and feel progress in my mind and body. I would do long and challenging sessions that were longer than an hour but then the next day I would do something with low intensity that was not too difficult. I did this so that I would not get exhausted from all my workouts and it definitely seemed to have played off because I was able to finish the program and I did not get tired of doing it.