Workouts and fitness in 2022

It’s been a few years since I last did one of these. 2020 was my last entry after the first 10 months of the Covid pandemic.

Since then I’ve largely followed the same formula of counting to build strength in favor of time spent on cardio, utilising Fitbod to drive a lot of those workouts.

I also have stopped tracking using my own spreadsheets and graphs - that process was quite laborious and the main reason I’d not completed another blog post on fitness since. The app I was using (HealthFit) to sync Apple Fitness data to Google Sheets only allows one-by-one entry selection for a sync, or everything at once. I have over 5000 entries now which times out the sync for all, and I’ve left it too long to go back and select several thousand entries to sync manually - so that’s never happening again.

Thankfully, Fitbod continually gets better, and this year (I noticed) they improved their year summary reports significantly, largely doing a lot of the work for me, making this post an order of magnitude easier to make.

Previous years’ reports were largely focused on running, walking, and cycling. All of which ground to a near complete stop since the pandemic. Now I no longer need to commute and have in fact left London and the UK forever, as well as my old gym. We moved in December to Canada and all efforts have been focused on that move, and the instability in our living situation led to an end-of-year tail-off in logged physical activity too.

For most of 2022, I really focussed on my strength training. I logged 249 workouts (an average of 4.77 days per week), burning over 66k calories.

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The move in early December is clearly visible in this graph.

I lifted over 1 million pounds (set as imperial as my equipment was all in pounds), 523,186kg in total.

Dumbbells were by far the most used equipment, followed by the roller I use on my back after every workout.

Clearly, my focus on improving back strength is working, as the back topped out the muscle by groups.

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Breaking down those top-3 muscle groups we can see the amount lifted and when over the course of the year.

Using another small app called Fitness Stats, I was able to set the start date for data as Jan 1st 2022 (until today Jan 16th 2023) and get the following numbers.

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As you can see, running only 28km in the year is a long way off the 2019 peak of 775km. Although my walking is way up - something we started doing a lot more since moving (and not having a car yet).

Some slightly more granular stats from the analytics in HealthFit, showing the largest total distance ran in any month was 8km in Feb, the comically small amount of cycling, except for a single cycle tour in August, and the massive jump in walking after moving county in December.

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I guess what I’m missing from this analysis is how better this year compares to the previous. At 42, and being in decent shape now, I’m beyond improving massively year-over-year. Now I’m more interested in consistency and not getting more unfit or weaker. Maybe next year FitBod will have added more analytics features to help you track better how you perform every year.

For now, I’m happy with my progress and am very much looking forward to my living situation stabilising so I can get back into a routine and build up a new home gym in my new country of residence.


2020 fitness review
2019 fitness review
2018 fitness review

 
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