The Programme, week 5: Simon's comments

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I joined a gym last week, which was definitely a good move. In this kind of weather, it is much better to exercise inside. On the treadmill, I've managed to increase the distances I'm running, and I've also been trying plyometric lunges. This involves swapping your feet in mid-air, which is very good exercise, but makes you look like a bit of an arse if you do it in the gym.

A few days ago I had to come out to Bermuda on a work trip, which messed my diet up a little bit. Sadly, there is no Vulcan Brot Bread to be found anywhere on the island.

While I've been away, I have missed the structure The Programme has given me. I've tried to exercise in my hotel room, but I know it will be hard when I get home to return to the level of fitness I was at before I left."