Welcome to my DIY one day boot camp. We live in the beautiful Algarve countryside and I wondered what could happen if I left my 13 year old in charge!
Before we dive in though, I would like to mention that this blog post is sponsored by Trigger Point and their wonderful products that you can find out more about on Amazon.co.uk by clicking here.
In this experiment I will be completing 6 hours exercise on Saturday which is a similar amount to what you would get if you signed up for a boot camp. Though I am talking the light boot camps that help you lose weight and detox, not a GI Jane style one like you would get if you joined the US Navy Seals as I doubt I would last an hour in one of those places!!!!!
My exercise and fitness levels seem to growing more and more at the moment. And gone is the obese 30 something that could not even walk up her favourite hill by the beach. Instead I am replaced with someone that is gradually learning how to run, learning to enjoy exercise and toning up and losing weight at the same time.
Right now I still consider myself to be fat and at 12 stone 2 pounds I am clinically 6 pounds overweight. Meaning that yes I am fat and I want to do something about this.
So my great plan
Let my 13 year old son (who always wants to embarrass his mother) the opportunity to design a homemade boot camp for his mum where he could have the opportunity to torture me. Even worse, leave him with a video camera so that he can film it all and put it on our You Tube channel 🙂
I must have lost the plot!!!!!
This is the agenda he put together:
- 7.00am – Up and down the hills (25 minutes)
- 7.30am – Breakfast
- 8.10am – 7.5km walk into the valleys (2 hours)
- 11.00am – 5.25km Power Walk (1 hour)
- 12.00pm – Stretches (30 minutes)
- 12.30pm – Lunch
- 1.00pm – Wii Sports (2 hours)
So let’s get stuck in…….
There should be some kind of law against getting up early on a weekend, especially when we have no car boots or beach days to get up for.
But there I am up and ready to go on a Saturday morning in the name of getting fit and toning up. Let’s just see how fit I really am :/
Challenge #1 – The Hill – 93 Calories Burned
We start the day with some walking (fast walking) and go up and down the hill that is a couple of houses walk away from our back door. It was the same hill that when we bought the house back in March, scared the life out of me and yet here I am and I end up going up and down it three times!!!!
Crazy – that’s what and to show my speed I end up doing it in 25 minutes making it up and down the hill in just 8 and a bit minutes.
Challenge #2 – The Valleys – 767 Calories Burned
Now I love these valleys and a lot of it has to do with the views. They are truly amazing and we can enjoy a lot of the countryside while here. The way it works is that we walk right down the hills into the valleys and then a few extra hills and then come back with a lot of up hills. Its lovely going down, but it is a great challenge to come back!
The distance of it all works out at 7.7km and it took us just over two hours to do it in and was rather fun!
Challenge #3 – The Lane – 423 Calories Burned
We love the lane where we live and there are some brilliant views to be had. Its not super hills but it is still typical countryside so we are up and down the lanes. This is the route I use for my regular running, so we are used to it. However we normally do about 3.4 kilometres and this time do 5.25km and it is really nice to see some new countryside that we have not come across before. It is so delightful and its nice to stop from time to time to admire the views.
Challenge #4 – Stretches – 75 Calories Burned
When I think stretches, I think about the horrible ones that they make you do at an aerobic class. I also think of super skinny people competing with each other to see who can do the best plank exercise. It looks weird and it is seriously not for me.
So Kyle has me doing some light stretches including squats, sit ups and a few other stretches. Then Kyle shows off with his super toned abs at how a plank should be done. I wonder if I will ever manage one of those. I should try, but with me being super unfit I will leave it until I am feeling a bit fitter.
Challenge #5 – Wii Sports – 600 Calories
Because Kyle thinks everything revolves around games, we go on the Wii Sports game and burn lots of calories as a family. I did want to finish the exercise with some home workouts on You Tube (as they have some fantastic free ones) but he is in charge and I rather like the Wii.
We play tennis, bowling, golf for a couple of hours and when working out the calories it is fantastic thinking that when you exercise it doesn’t always have to be boring!
For meals I have wanted to stay rather healthy so that my fitness regime has not gone to waste.
Therefore the meals for the day are as follows:
I love eating healthy and for me a lot of today was about me fuelling my body so that I don’t feel starving from all the calories that I have burned. I purposely had bran flakes for breakfast (because they leave me full for longer) then salmon and tuna for lunch with broccoli (because it’s a fantastic protein kick) and then in the evening more protein with some chicken, rice and vegetables.
I can’t believe it; I have burned a whopping 1958 calories in one day, just by having a boot camp style workout. For me what I loved most about this is how you can easily find free exercise to do at home. I was rather tired after the first four hours and I could have probably pushed myself harder if I hadn’t been on the Wii. But I love it and playing bowling and tennis with Kyle doesn’t feel like exercise at all!
Then you take off the calories I consumed with food you’ll see that I was nearly minus 1000 calories.
One of the biggest dangers with excessive exercise is the feeling of starvation, but with this challenge I made sure that I had high protein meals so that I didn’t go hungry or have any urges to snack.
The day after I was not really that tired from the exercise I had done and I would gladly do this again!
I have really enjoyed this challenge and it’s been so much fun. And you can see the behind the scenes of how it went in our You Tube Video below:
A Big Thank You To Trigger Point
I am pleased to have received some fantastic goodies from Trigger Point to help me through the sore bits of this challenge. We can all go out there and do some exercise, but for most of us it’s how we feel when we get home!!!!
For me it’s always the usual aches and pains and this long day of it is no different. Therefore I was sat there on the Saturday night (after doing this challenge) feeling incredibly grateful that I had my pink Trigger Point Foam Roller to make me feel better and it did wonders for my aching right calf after all the walking we had done.