The Guardian newspaper in the UK has published a fitness supplement today that covers all sorts of exercise with a wide range of interesting articles around peoples’ motivation for keeping fit: The Guardian fitness special
Admittedly, most of the articles seem to start from a default position that exercise is boring and a right pain, when of course we all know that it’s great fun (if you find the right sport or exercise, and introduce a bit of friendly competition)! There’s a great headline about why Jon Ronson (author of “The Men Who Stare at Goats” – an excellent book and not bad film) runs – apparently (and clearly unsuccessfully) it’s to look like George Clooney. In the article itself it’s more a question of him realising how thin Clooney was when he met him, and that inspired Jon to start running.
As a new dad I’d already worked out the baby benchpress in this article – not sure of the workout benefits, but it definitely works to keep baby happy. May have to try the full baby workout in future, although the dog has a tendency to get jealous and try to get involved!
Then again, the dog always helps when I try to do press ups by jumping on my back – that’s not bad in terms of toughening up the exercise, but then she tries to lick my ears, which is kind of distracting!
As someone in the comments section on the Guardian points out, the key to enjoying your exercise is “Find an activity you enjoy and exercise becomes a pleasure rather than a chore. Surely this is bleedin’ obvious…”
We couldn’t agree more, and that’s why you can find a huge range of sport and exercise challenges on Konkura.com, and why we created it: so you can keep finding new challenges so you can try new things and keep your training fresh and varied, and so people who’ve already found the type of sport or exercise that they’re passionate about can share their interests with other people.
If you know of any other good articles about grass roots participation and encouraging exercise, we’re all ears – please let us know about them in the comments section.