Considering I am taking steps to improve my diet and lifestyle, I thought to also start doing some regular exercise. While I have always believed in an active lifestyle, I decided to take it a few steps further.
I decided to try and get a daily work out in. This way I can also document my energy levels, see physical progress and strengthen my lower back. I have had issues with Sciatica for the past two years, which the doctor and physio both said could be revealed by stronger lower back muscles. Exercising releases endorphin so it should also have a positive affect on my mental health as well.
So here are my statistics :
Weight : 63 kg – I’ve already experience some plant based diet weight loss, I was at the weight of 68kg prior to becoming a vegetarian.
Energy levels : 6/10 – Been spending a lot of time sleeping. This might be as I had the flu last week so my body is still recovering. Generally over the past 6 months I have found my energy levels have remained the same as prior to plant based diet.
Happiness Levels : 6/10 – Under some stress due to University assignments and the flu.
The coolest thing about all of this, is up until this week, I did hardly any ‘official’ exercise. I usually burned most of my calories by being cold underwater.
I had my blood tested at the beginning of this vegan experiment, the one’s I particularly want to focus on is my Iron levels and B12:
Iron – 22 umol/L normal levels (10-33)
B12 Total – 254 pmol/L normal levels (162-811)
Iron is usually a concern for women, especially those who do not eat meat because we require more than men. I wrote an article describing ways I ensure I keep my iron level in the normal healthy range.
B12 is a water soluble vitamin that has a key role in normal function in the brain and nervous system. It is involved in the metabolism of every cell of the human body. The only living thing capable of producing the vitamin are bacteria. Proved sources of B12 are animal products which is why it is so important to monitor one’s B12 levels when not eating meat, fish or dairy products. This is why many vegans take B12 supplements. I am personally not a fan of vitamin supplements. I will write on some of the new research into plant based natural sources of B12 because of bacterial symbiosis.
My Work Out
To call my work out lazy is an understatement. I like to put on a tv show, currently I’m watching Friends, then spend one episode while doing the following exercises.
I do as many as I can, or feel like, but generally pat myself on the back for making it through an episode. I’m sure as this year progresses I will go to the gym and learn a bit more about exercise. For now, I am happy to get my heart beat increasing and my muscles working a little bit.
What I am trying to say, is get active! Do what you can. 5 minutes is better than none, 10 even better than that! Eliminate unhealthy foods, try cut out those fatty animal products and get your heart going.
I’m going to go eat a huge amount of complex carbohydrates, drink a few glasses of water and get back to writing assignments.