Choosing how you get fit

challenge-and-change.jpgIf you’ve come to this blog and read anything, you have probably figured out that I got fit by doing two (I always say “do two things”), but how I chose them is a fascinating discussion.  It requires a little bit of background.

When I was young, I was lucky enough to try out many sports until I found one that I loved – I found badminton.  While not the most popular sport for your average Canadian kid, I really enjoyed it, more than football and certainly more than hockey.  It was fast, it required strength, agility and hand-eye co-ordination, and there was both individual competition and a team/squad spirit.  It really pinged a lot of bells for me.  Part of my training when I was a kid was running – badminton requires a lot of endurance and a good cardio-vascular capacity, and as running and speed were integral to the sport, we ran.  We ran quite a bit, through drills, through sprints, and through distance runs.

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When will soon be now?

Photo credit: The Telegraph

I often get asked for some advice on starting, and it occurred again recently.  I get asked about tips, I get asked for techniques, and I get asked for general “how do I get off the couch” and “how do I make time” advice.  On this most recent occasion, I made some of the usual recommendations – recommending them over to peruse my blog, recommending some resources on the Internet that are conveniently referred to on my blog, and recommending other blogs for inspiration that, serendipitously, you can get to from my blog.  Aside from all the self-promotion, I did answer the person’s question, but probably not in the fashion they were expecting. Continue reading

Reuniting with my trainer

I’ve been having a bit of fun this week seeing old friends who don’t recognize me.  I admit that this has gone on for a couple of years now, and I’ve gotten somewhat used to it – but it is still often a great feeling to watch people’s faces as they are shocked into recognition.  I’m often told that it’s my voice that people recognize first, then they put everything else together.

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Second inteview – keeping up your motivation.

As I mentioned last week, I had the opportunity to be interviewed on CBC’s Here and Now on Monday.  It was a fun interview with Karen Gordon (if I recall correctly), a fill-in host, all about how you keep up your motivation.  For a direct link to the audio, click here.

I admit it is tough, at the best of times, to get off the couch and get out and run, or whatever your chosen activity is.  Frankly, the last few weeks have been tough with snow and cold on many of my running days.  It can really be draining.  My strategy has been this: set a goal, constantly monitor your progress, and constantly review your goal to remind yourself of it.

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Another radio interview on keeping resolutions

I found out today that I will again be interviewed by CBC Radio, this time on how to keep motivated during the long, dull winter months.  That’s a fine question that I will be chewing over and trying to answer over the next few days.  Goodness knows that it’s hard to stay motivated, but if you have good solid goals and are committed to achieving them, not much can stop you.

If you want to catch the interview, I’m currently scheduled to be CBC Radio’s afternoon drive show, Here and Now, on Monday February 21, 2011 at 4:50 PM.  I was quite surprised at the number of people who caught the first interview when it aired, but considering I’m going to be on the air on family day, I don’t know what listenership will be like.  I’ll (hopefully, with the help of a friend) be able to post an MP3 of the show shortly after it has aired. 

Tune in if you can!  CBC Radio 1, 99.1 FM in Toronto, at 4:50 on Monday February 21, 2011.