Like so many others I have neglected fitness and health over the years, fortunately without too much lasting damage (I hope…). It was becoming clearer and clearer though that this is a slippery slope – especially that my daughter (born 2006) now is at an age where she really deserves a dad who can run (…or scoot, you can see me from time to time racing with her in Kensington…) along with her.
I can’t really pinpoint what made it – there wasn’t a great epiphany – but at one point I just got off my backside and changed things. I believe I have quite a decent balance between being an academic and being a doer, so I did an awful amount of research, and I did an awful amount of exercise.
I found that – unsurprisingly – there are many roads to fitness. I believe though that the one I have found is pretty well suited for those that go towards the big 4 (or even exceeded it, as I have now). Many people decide that enough is enough, and then they go all radical and embark in a I-will-do-the-triathlon-in-six-months routine, or into one of the three-months-makeovers that you can see all over the Internet.
Whilst those approaches certainly work for some, in my view they are a rather dangerous road to take – the risk to crash and burn are just too high, especially for someone who has been sedentary for much too long.
I strongly believe that if you want to change something, you need to do it slowly and one-thing-at-a-time. And trust me – for most of us the changes we will need to make are big. It is not only about exercise, it is also about nutrition, and about lifestyle in general. So, as I have said, I believe that the surest way to get where you want to get is by going slowly, and steadily, as this is the only way to sustainability.
For those of you interested, I am in the process of putting my experience into a book, but I don’t know when it will be ready. In the meantime, have a look at the presentation that I have made and that can provide you a first map of my Road to Fitness: