Ten weeks today – on Sun 30th Sept 2018, I will be taking part in my next Physical Challenge.

Along with hopefully hundreds of others, I’ll be walking a distance of 10 miles (16km) across 12 of the iconic bridges along the length of the River Thames in London.  Starting at 9am in Battersea Park, I’ll step my way east along the Thames, finally ending up at… The Finish Line.

As a Specialist Personal Trainer, I am taking my training for this event seriously!!  For the past five weeks, I’ve been building up my daily step count by increasing my activity levels during the day & also including some regular walks around my home town of Wakefield in West Yorkshire.  To compliment the walking, I’ve been doing some core / hip / glutes (bum muscles) / leg strength exercises too.

At the start of my training, my average daily step count was 8,000/day.  It’s always best to know your baseline stats, then build up gradually & slowly from there.  In my case, I increased my daily step count by 2,000 steps/day each week.  So… as of today, I’m aiming for 20,000 steps every day!  Hmm…

As anyone who has tried to make positive changes in their routine will have discovered, it’s not always easy.  My blog from last Friday was a case in point!  However, if you make some small, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based goals AND DO YOUR BEST TO STICK TO THEM, you will see improvements in your health, as well as your fitness levels.  As an added bonus, over the past 7wks I’ve managed to lose 11lbs through increased activity and tweaking my diet (I’m using Dr Xand van Tulleken’s ‘How to Lose Weight Well‘ book… which includes MY inspirational ideas – see the Back Page! There’s also a great support group on Twitter: #HTLWWGroup which ‘meets’ up every Tuesday 8-9pm BST – come and join me & Xand there for a chat & some motivation).

Over the next ten weeks I’ll be keeping you all updated with how my training is going – and of course there’ll be LIVE updates via Twitter on the big day itself.

I’d love to hear your comments / questions / feedback, either through my Contact page, or via Twitter: @BigPictureLivin (no ‘g’).

In the meantime, my JustGiving page for donations can be found here.

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