This past month and a half has boosted my fitness significantly more than the rest of the Summer I believe. Running I have not been keeping up with, that part was better at the beginning of Summer. However, once I figure out my schedule for this semester I do plan on running everyday. My martial arts has significantly improved this Summer. I have been going to a lesson twice a day if possible. I have the first three Karate kata’s memorized and I also plan on testing for my blue belt in Jiu Jitsu in October. Outside of martial arts, I have been regularly improving my push-ups and sit-ups as well as my flexibility. My martial arts gym has added a Yoga class that I have started to attend. Over the school year I plan on regularly improving my squats and Karate kicks as well. A set of foam nun-chucks allows me to get a melee weapon practice without the fear of injuring myself, others, or things in my house.
What a great idea in theory right? Well, it doesn’t actually take that much effort to do at least something to start getting more fit.
While I’m at this Army school, I don’t exactly do PT everyday (more on how this is a Gentleman’s Course coming soon) but I still find time to do little things outside of training that will help me keep up my fitness level while being away for a month.
For starters, at home in addition to the things that I still do while I’m here, I also go to martial arts practices at least once, sometimes twice a day if my work schedule allows it. When I get home, my gym is adding an 8AM class three times a week that I’m going to try and attend when I can, and personally I’m going to start running every morning before work.
But while I’m here I need to keep up on my fitness level without taking away from time I spend learning French. I do this by continuing with my stretching after I wake up and Yoga before bed but I also practice my three basic Karate katas while I wait for my computer to boot up after returning from class, and then when I switch from my productivity on my computer to the productivity in books I take a break to allow myself to do pushups and crunches.
This might not seem like much but it will keep my chest, arms, and abs in shape while I’m away. Plus, the Karate katas will sink in so that I can work towards a Yellow belt by the end of Summer.
Okay, and a fair point that I know might be brought up; I am at Field Artillery school it’s not exactly a classroom environment there is heavy lifting and dragging commonly involved with my daily training- but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do those things at home too.