How Living In London Has Impacted My Fitness.
Tonight I should have been taking a picture of myself awkwardly in front of my mirror at home, but I no longer have a mirror. Instead I’m gonna talk about some of the benefits and drawbacks of living in London so far when it comes to my fitness.
When I came here I naively thought that the weight would drop off me. I believed that I’d be too busy walking from Wimbledon to Camden every day to to eat any of the old shit.
That hasn’t been the case!
I haven’t weighed myself this week as my scales are back home but I can tell that I’ve probably put on a pound or two on whilst settling in.
The weight gain is not something I’m overly concerned about, but at the same time I’m not making the same amount of progress that I was in January.
Truth be told I’m really fucking afraid ahead of the 100km now too. I should have been making leaps forward with my fitness every day, yet here I am struggling to maintain it.
It’s not all bad though!
How London is helping me maintain my fitness
- I’m walking a lot more – London is fucking huge and there’s so much of it to explore that I’ve found myself naturally walking a lot more.
- I’m busier so I’ve less time to be bored and to comfort eat – This was my greatest problem at home. I’d have nothing at all on my mind and would try to fill the void with junk food.
- I’m happier during the day as there’s more to see and do – And when I’m happy I tend to become hyperactive. That makes me naturally do more physical shit.
- There are new places to run and that makes me excited – I spent years running circles in the same area of my home town. I was starting to dread each run because of this. Now I don’t know any of the areas I’m running in and every jog is an adventure.
How London is maybe reducing my fitness
- I’ve less money so I’m buying the cheapest shit available to eat – And cheap typically isn’t healthy when it’s off a market stall.
- I’ve fallen out of any type of fitness routine – I still run but not as often as back home. There’s just not as much time now that I’m writing the book, applying for jobs, blogging and running. It’s wearing me out.
- There’s so much more choice of the junk food that I love – Hot chocolate brownies everywhere! Delicious.
- London is scary to run in – I don’t think London is really that much dangerous than any other large city to run in, but when you’re from a small town like I am it’s easy to get phased by the amount of traffic around. It’s not just the volume of vehicles on the road, it’s the size of the fucking buses that pass you every minute.
- I have a weekly travelcard and it’s making me a little lazy – I’ve noticed in the last few days I’m less willing to walk between tube stations that are almost next to each other.
- I get stressed out more and I sometimes feel lonely – And to ease that I sometimes go to the bar before getting the tube home to have a pint. That’s obviously not good for me as booze only makes you feel more lonely and it gives you a beer gut. Not pleasant.