Exercise Boost

Week twenty seven’s ‘wake up’ challenge was to exercise every time we go to the toilet.

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Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!! Sorry I sounded a bit like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally there.

This challenge came at the right time for me, forcing me into some type of exercise. For the last three or four weeks I have had so much on that I haven’t had the time to get down to the spa/gym to exercise. This was a combination of the continuation of gradually moving into a new apartment, waiting around for this and that to be delivered, a short but sweet trip up to the great city of Glasgow for a concert not forgetting a great concert in Coventry, an emergency trip up to the equally great city of Liverpool to see my parents, one thing and another and the dreaded GOAT (ouch). Whenever I’ve made the plan to go to the gym somethings stopped me.

It has got a point that Sarah and I decided we need to sack the spa/gym because we are paying for something and wasting money on something we can’t even get to enjoy. Until we get into a rhythm with commuting from the pub to the apartment and finding time for this, that and everything else, exercise will be something that may have to be slightly on the backburner which is a shame because exercising is beneficial in so, so many ways and always leaves me feeling whole and good inside.

The cancellation of our membership was a downer because I loved going to the spa/gym but our contingency plan is to join a local 24-hour high-tech gym and we are currently in the process of doing this (we’ve got to visit a friend in Somerset who isn’t very well this week first).

On a positive note the 24-hour gym may well work out better for us in a strange way not just because it is open twenty four hours a day but because you don’t have to sign up for membership and if you do you can cancel with no obligation (the spa/gym’s cancellation is 4 weeks!). If you don’t want to become a member you can pay on the day at an incredible low cost of £5! So plans are afoot and all is certainly not lost in trying to stay fit and healthy (I won’t allow that to happen).

So on to the challenge. To make it interesting for the first couple of days I decided to drag out a pair of boxing gloves and box at my reflection in the bathroom mirror until I was all puffed out. This was a half decent cardio workout at different times throughout the day, always leaving me feeling energised. I decided to give it a miss in the later part of the evening (I wanted to go to bed sleepy not energised) and first thing in the morning (I didn’t want to feel too tired before my energy batteries had been fully recharged). It was a simple one-two left hand jab followed by a one-two right hand jab as quickly as possible until I was out of breath. At the end of the second day I was hoping to call out Tyson Fury and teach him some manners with a ten-round bout but by the end of the second day my arms were too sore so I decided to leave boxing to the professionals (and Tyson Fury).

On the other two days, wherever possible and space allowing, I did a combination of sit ups and leg raises to give my stomach muscles some exercise. All in all it was great fun. Strange as it sounds it was exciting visiting the toilet in the afternoon which isn’t something I thought I’d ever hear myself say (not in my forties anyway).

My overall conclusion to this challenge is; it really can be a great way to inject a little bit of fun into the day and also helps towards a healthier mind and lifestyle. Another tool in the ‘wake up’ bag me thinks. I doff my head guard, erm I mean I doff my cap to Great Wake Up experiment and look forward to my next afternoon trip to the toilet! As anyone seen my gum shield?

Mark Cuddy

Someone who learned to wake up


Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
Wow, Mark! Well done!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Ha! The bathroom suddenly has a new allure! Great post Mark, C x