I know that I need to get fitter.
Most importantly, I just need to lose some weight. Living in London I found it pretty hard to keep as healthy as I would like. I had a lot of roles stuck behind a computer, I found gyms were expensive and the traffic-clogged roads didn’t always encourage me to walk. On top of that there were lots of temptations. I am quite a foodie, as my TripAdvisor account attests. Also, I’m ambitious and work hard- sometimes fitness seems like a low priority.
I’m definitely a person who can’t enjoy life being a Puritan for too long. I can’t imagine not having a large appetite or not getting excited trying different foods. However, to increase my chances of a long life in decent health I know I need to do two main things- get my weight down now, so I start from a better base- and try to find some habits that will increase the chance I will be healthy in the future.
I also want to be fitter and healthier because of the many proven links between fitness and having high performance as a professional. In addition, exercise has benefits for mental health and a general sense of wellbeing.
So, while I am in Las Palmas there are three things I want to focus on:
FITNESS– Just simple things like walking around more and doing some exercise to get my heart rate up.
DIET– Fruit and veg is good here and I want to take advantage. I also want to test how I feel after eliminating certain things from my diet and giving my body a rest.
SUNLIGHT– I am already getting more sunlight here than I am used to, especially at this time of year. I believe I am affected by SAD- I’ve experimented with a special desktop lamp while working in the past- and I am sure it will help.
Having a change of country and being able to experience the amazing climate here is allowing me to think more deeply about what I want, health-wise. I don’t think I will ever be a triathlete or Mr Muscle, but I can be a slightly better version of me.
The way I see it, my mind has had one of the best workouts of anyone in the world. I did my undergraduate degree at one of the most academic colleges in one of the finest Universities there is. I mean- this guy went to my college!
My body has never had anything like similar opportunities to work out.
I really do have a big opportunity here to get a little fitter. However I’m not going to be too hard on myself- I know I have a lot of competing priorities and it might take years before I get to where I want to be. Even some small improvement is going to be really exciting.
If you look at this video of the beach where I live now, you will see what a pleasant place it is to walk- so I don’t have too many excuses!