My year of activity
My diary had an emergency debate for crashing out of the EU pencilled in for Friday. When this was averted at the eleventh hour, I took advantage of the empty slot to go out on my new bike for a 22 mile trip.
I realise this distance is nothing to younger and/or fitter folk than me but the idea of me doing this was unimaginable, even just a year ago. It's been two years since I took up exercise and transformed my diet. The results, as you know, are the scales record I am seven stone lighter and my Type 2 diabetes is in remission. I feel the best I ever have.
This year I want to go further and encourage other people struggling with their weight, or just wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle, to join in with me. Over the next six months, working with members of the Outdoor Industries Association, I’m taking part in a series of outdoor "Adventures 4 Health" in which I’ll be:
1. Climbing Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales
2. Canoeing the canals of the Black Country
3. Cycling 50 miles around London
4. Swimming the Serpentine
Though I’m fitter now than I’ve been for years I still think of myself as an overweight middle-aged bloke, and these physical challenges are definitely daunting. I hope by taking part I’ll show other people who are worried about their weight, or just want to get healthier and more active, how accessible outdoor activities can be.
Along the way I will be raising money for four fantastic causes that are dear to my heart - JK Rowling's Lumos charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, The Albion Foundation and SpecialEffect. It would be amazing if you helped kick-start the fund-raising by sponsoring me here.
I’ll also be using the year to consult and devise a plan that could be adopted by government to help everyone in our country, young and old, to keep physically active. That’s why I don’t want to just talk the talk, I want to walk the walk, paddle the canoe and peddle the bike.
Why not join me even for one of the challenges? Seriously, if you fancy it, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or look out for more details in coming newsletters. It would be fantastic if we could celebrate at the top of Mount Snowdon!