Day 61

My husband and I (and a number of our close friends) are big fans of musical theatre. We absolutely love it. We love theatre and we love music and the combination of people expressing their feelings through the power of song is the best of the best. One of our favourite musical theatre songs is called “Seasons of Love” and the central premise is the idea that there are different measures of time.

“How do you measure a year?” 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 525,600 minutes. Rather than time, the song asks us to imagine measuring a year through cups of coffee drunk or journeys that were planned. Tonight the fancy clocks of the UK will automatically go back an hour for daylight savings time; other clocks we will manipulate by turning them back 60 minutes. Even as an adult I am baffled by this concept. The idea that we can just turn back the clocks and an extra hour will appear as if from nowhere. What power we hold.

I’ve thought a lot about measures of success as I’ve been completing this 0 to 100 days of exercise challenge. My overall measure of success is whether or not I actually complete 100 days in a row where I exercise each day. The next level of success should surely then be linked to the quality of the exercise I do. Certainly some days, the enthusiasm and energy I put into the 30 minutes set aside for exercise are not as high as others.

And then there are the effects of exercise, which are much harder to quantify. How successful will this process be for mental and emotional well-being? How will I unpick and measure if I feel better for exercising in ways other than being able to run for longer or squat lower than I used to? Will exercise make me more positive or determined or focused as so many health gurus suggest it might? How will I measure the impact it has in other areas of my life?

As I creep towards day 100 I can feel myself reflecting more on changes that have occurred and are occurring. But for today, instead of measuring in merely minutes spent exercising or days passing, here is my alternative version in honour of the clocks going back and just for fun:

How do you measure 100 days of exercise?

In number of sports socks

In runs round the park

In audiobooks downloaded

In squats, lunges and jumps

In muscles that ache

And in bras that have broken

In the moments I’ve taken

In Sarah Millican’s praise

In lengths of a pool

In words that I’ve written

In sweat that I’ve dripped

And in people who’ve helped

How do you measure 100 days of exercise?

Author: cb100days

I don't exercise. I haven't really ever exercised. When I was in school I exaggerated asthma to get out of P.E. It changes today. 100 days to break a habit. 100 days to make a habit. 100 days of exercise.

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