This is the time of year when most people are facing a bit of a conundrum (love that word!). A likely New Year resolution is to get fit, start exercising more or loose weight, but at the same time, the weather doesn’t exactly tempt you to jumping out of the car and cycling to work instead. Nor does it make you feel like a stroll round the block instead of watching Eastenders.
Two weeks ago, a cycling client of mine, who is a bit of a speedster managed to come flying off his bike, skidding along the floor and landing in a pile on the Bristol to Bath cycle path. Luckily, nothing was broken, except large areas of his skin disapeared and a few muscles around his ribs were pulled and twisted making it very hard to breath properly. Ouch! Bless his cotton socks. The danger for him was that by not taking deep enough breaths, he was at risk of getting a lung infection. Luckily for him though, we had a quick consultation and he was able to ensure that his skin wounds healed super fast, and his lungs, whilst still sore, have remained infection free – hurrah!
You may already be well into riding/running/swimming or doing any other sport, or you may just be thinking about starting. Whatever level you are at, your energy levels, recovery periods, resistance to injury and ability to heal after injury as well as overall performance can be improved. No matter where you are right now, there is always room to get faster, further, higher or lower (if you happen to be a diver perhaps!). But thinking in purely ‘energy’ terms just isn’t enough. If you give your body just energy, then it only has energy, and nothing more. Nothing to use to repair injuries. Nothing to help clear out the lactic acid or other waste products that exercise naturally produces. Nothing to protect your cells etc from the damage that occurs.
There is nothing more amazing than someone taking on a challenge. And this chap has taken on something HUGE! His name is Simon Watkins (yup, my brother-in-law) and he is cycling from John O Groats to Land’s End right now! Not only that, he is riding alone, on a single speed bike (for us non-cycling-geeks, … Read more John O Groats to Land's End – superstar
The sun is shinin’, and I am so happy! So happy, I could just skip around – yupeeee!
What a great idea. Skipping.
One of my kids (the one who likes to be called Elvis) skips. She skips a lot. Like a LOT. Almost all of the time (except for when she is headin’ upstairs, of course).
Why does she skip? Well, it certainly isn’t because it’s cool, easy or practical (try tidying up the front room whilst skipping and you’ll see what I mean). It’s definitely not because I told her to, and not because she thinks she deserves to, or is worth it, or even that it will get her into some elite club. She isn’t trying to get fit, be healthy or improve her skipping skills (I love that phrase – ‘skipping skills’!). She is just skipping because, to her, right now, it is fun.