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Ben Halpern 🌱
Ben Halpern 🌱

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Monthly fitness check-in: September 2021

Not a lot to definitively report on. This was more maintenance than progress on my routines and goals.

Maintenance is better than full regression, but I'd say if I don't pick things up and challenge myself more, I could fall into regression.

My goal for the next month is to hit a new high in the lift I'm tracking: Bench press. I did not attempt any heavy lifts in the last month, I just didn't make it to the gym with that sort of mindset.

I have been consistently waking up early and going to bed early — with some small variance in the routine. But good things all around.

Routine and mental health win

I joined a co-working space after years of just working from home. In my personal situation and the state of the pandemic in my area, it seems responsible, and it's been a great new part of my routine.

It is literally next door to the gym I am a part of, so really encourages the right habits all around, and it's just nice to be around people. I think it's also generally good for my eating habits. Working from my house, where my kitchen is only a short walk away, is not good for snacking problems.

I am doing a 5k run in a couple months and am totally not in shape for it. I have no shame in walking, but I'd like to pick up my aerobic fitness for this kind of thing.

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Suzanne Aitchison

I am doing a 5k run in a couple months and am totally not in shape for it. I have no shame in walking, but I'd like to pick up my aerobic fitness for this kind of thing.

I don't know if you've come across it before, but over lockdown I started using these Couch to 5k podcasts from our NHS to start building up my running - I definitely recommend!

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

Another vote for Couch to 5k!

I joined parkrun in Glasgow for years, which is a weekly 5k meet. Can't guarantee your local route is as gorgeous as Pollok Park but worth checking out if structure, accountability, camaraderie, and getting timed is in your wheelhouse.

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Suzanne Aitchison

I've been meaning to check out the parkrun near me since it started back up - this is a good reminder! Pollok Park is so nice 😭 My local park run is at Figgate Park in Edinburgh and it has the most beautiful wildlife (otters! herons!)

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

I feel like Figgate Park's otters and view of Arthur's Seat might top Pollok Park's highland coos.

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Lee Wynne

I clicked on the link, looks amazing 😻

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Lee Wynne

We have the couch to 5k podcast on here, and a post to go with it 😎

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Lee Wynne

These are right here in the Podcasts section 🤩

play pause Couch to 5K
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Lee Wynne

Working from my house, where my kitchen is only a short walk away, is not good for snacking problems.

I feel seen 🥸

I should have started ‘this snack life’ - I probably will, my life evolves around what I am looking forward to eating.

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Keith

I know the feeling about being so close to the kitchen. Now that I'm fully remote, it's a little too easy to grab a snack.

I'm trying to drink more water in hopes of squashing my snacking