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  • Simon Birdsey

National Fitness Day

An easy way to tick off one of your boxes


I'd never heard of it either until this morning but, if you still have a physical box to tick, this seems like an ideal way to do it. Visit their website and find an activity local to you.



I was on the BBC Sport App this morning when I noticed an item called 'Stress Less with Challenge Sophie: The exhilaration of an open-water swim.' It turns out that it's part of a series by endurance athlete and blogger Sophie Radcliffe showing how you can connect with nature while getting fit.


Other titles include 'Head to the hills to unwind from city life' and 'End the day with an amazing sunset run'. The mini films have the feel-good factor and I've been pretty inspired by them myself.


I knew about the Men's Pond at Hampstead Heath when I lived in London but I thought it was just for serious swimmers and hardy souls. I'm not an especially strong swimmer, even after all my recent training, but I could now imagine myself setting it as a goal to work towards.


It's interesting that in her blog Sophie says "I always wanted to feel confident in who I am and push myself, now (after an adventure race through the jungle of Borneo) I was finding a way to do that. Over the next few years I took on challenges in my weekends and holidays. Triathlon, cycling London to Paris in 24 hours, wild camping, climbing Mont Blanc and Ironman and ultramarathons."


She goes on to say "The boredom at work was still there, I felt depressed and missing creativity in my job; I could do it on autopilot; there was no variation to the day. But all these amazing challenges I was doing, built my confidence. They made me realise that if I want something, I can achieve it, it's all about developing a willingness to do things that are difficult and scary."


As I've always said the doing comes first and confidence follows.


Anyway Sophie's blog led me to learn about National Fitness Day and from there I have discovered that there are opportunities to try Walking Football and Nordic Walking nearby.


I love it when one things lead on to another and I'm sure that, if I followed it through, I'd find even more fascinating things happening that I could become involved with. I hope that you have as much fun with it as I have.



"All these amazing challenges I was doing, built my confidence. They made me realise that if I want something, I can achieve it, it's all about developing a willingness to do things that are difficult and scary.""

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