The question this time is “How do you stay fit?“.
That is a very good question and indeed one that needs to be asked and at the end of the day it is proposed to bring forth a full and fruitful answer to this no doubt excellent line of enquiry.
I am waffling – I shall slip out of Sir Humphrey mode and actually answer the question.
I run in the mornings 15 Minutes 4-6 times a week. Some Saturday mornings I will go for a 45 minute cycle and try and find some challenging gradient. But finding that gradient is challenging in London. Running is my least favourite way of keeping fit. I would much prefer to cycle or swim but I want to stay fit and running is so accessible. All I need is my runners and my motivation. No expensive equipment and no gym fees. Me, the road and the stopwatch. Some mornings are harder that others and to be honest I lost a bit of momentum over Easter but that has been remedied this week.
It’s not just running around the block. As we software types like to say – GIGO – Garbage In, Garbage Out. Staying fit is about eating healthy too, which is why you will see me with a big bottle of water on my desk and munching on insanely healthy things like raw carrots, celery, oat cakes and bananas. You will also see an empty chocolate wrapper or 3 as well, on occasion, so I am not just a fitness fanatic. It’s not like I am threatening Stuart O’Grady for his place on the CSC team and I am certainly not weighing my pasta like Lance used to. I am running to maintain a level of fitness that I am happy with with the level of commitment that I am happy to maintain. My goals are to keep my resting heart rate at or below 60 bpm and maintain a state of health that I am happy with. That means a simple 15 run almost every day is enough to keep me fit enough without costing me precious time sweating it out in a gym.
That said, it is only recently that I got back onto the road. I have, in years gone by, ridden 100′s of kilometres and participated in RunLondon but up until a month or two ago I was doing very little. I went to a local gym to check out what they could offer. I decided I could put money in my pocket by pounding the block every morning and rather than ‘fatblogging‘ I am using twitter to record my progress. Every morning after my run I text in the relevant stats that I care about. Using twitter will enable me to consume and parse the rss feed into a nice graph. I could keep track of these thing many other ways but using twitter to record this stuff is a fun experiment too.
So there you go. That is how I keep fit.
Now in the way of the meme – tagging. Whom shall I tag? Well Martin, Blag, Craig and Michael – your it. How do you keep fit in this busy busy SAP world you all inhabit?
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