Why Is Exercise Important?
I’m not a sporty person by any stretch of the imagination. I’m totally non-competitive and have no desire for beat anyone else at anything. At school my least favourite subject was PE. Standing on a cold, muddy field, being forced to kick a leather ball from one end of the field to the other was not my idea of fun. Hell, just give everyone a ball then they can score as many goals as they want. However, having said that, I do consider myself to be physically fit.
I joined the Royal Air Force when I was 16 years old, as a boy entrant. They make you run around a lot and keep physically fit, at least during the basic training. I actually trained as an Operating Theatre Technician, a job I did for around 12 years, so I have a good understanding of health and medicine, and the importance of keeping the body fit.
I spent another 12 years of my life working as a police officer. This is another job which requires a degree of physical fitness, at least to become accepted as a police officer. In fact, I was a police officer twice, with a two-year gap in between, in which I went back to freelance writing. I wouldn’t say that by any stretch of the imagination police officers are physically fit, at least not once they get a few years under their belt, and too many unhealthy meals. There was no annual fitness test for officers when I was in the job. Nevertheless, I did maintain my own fitness.
I still maintain my own fitness, though there’s no outside pressure on me to do so. I enjoy cycling, and try to cycle 15 to 50 km every day. That’s easier for me here in Spain than in the UK, as the weather here is wonderful most of the year. Yet, even in Britain, I tried to get out on my bike as often as I could, weather permitting.
When I was a boy, I had to cycle to school every day in all weathers, a distance of around 4 miles there and back. It became a habit, and my love of cycling has stayed with me ever since. I love being able to cover great distances and see the world under my own steam. I hope to be cycling for the next 40 years, too.
As well as cycling, I walk to the shops, do 30 press-ups every day, and do some light isometric and isotonic exercises. Sexercise also makes up an important part of my, and my wife’s, fitness regime.
Ditch the Car
I don’t own a car, so have not fallen into the trap of buying more food than I need from the supermarket because it’s so easy to do. There’s a reason supermarket shopping trolleys are so big. I only buy what I can carry on my back, in the backpack I always carry to the shops, and I only ever buy fresh unprocessed ingredients. Needless to say, I don’t buy any meat, dairy products, or eggs, either, but I’ll say it anyway.
The human body was not designed for a sedentary lifestyle. Neither was it designed to be worked hard for hours every single day. For me, an hour or two of exercise four or five times a week is more than enough to keep me fit. Coupled with the right food, and the seagan diet provides me with all the right foods, a regular, gentle, but enjoyable exercise regime is all that I need.