'My idea of exercise was dashing to the fridge in the ad breaks on telly...'
Exercise was never my thing
- Since my 20s, I've always had an office job
- As a single man, I went to the pub every night of the week
- As a family man, most evenings and weekends revolved around the family, the TV and beer in the fridge
Mid-life crisis? Another one?
- At about 49, being 'self-employed' after being made redundant, I thought I may need to do something about my health if I was going to live to see my children grow up
- I bought the British Army fitness book
- I was ashamed to find I didn't meet any of the fitness standards needed to even begin the course!
- Luckily there was also a remedial section - ways to get you fit enough to actually start the book!
Running seemed the easiest option
- Sit-ups and press-ups and 'planks' seemed too much like hard work - so I thought I might tackle the running section
- Lesson 1: Run for 1 minute, walk for 4 minutes and repeat 3 more times - 20 minutes of exercise, of which only four were spent running. I couldn't even complete that!
- But I persevered....