This is the year of the Olympics. As we inch closer to its start; the exhilaration builds and the adrenalin kicks in. But aside from the thrill of competition and the spectacular display of skill, for me the excitement lies in the great idea of ‘aspiration’. The Olympics opens up the possibilities to inspire us, able or disable, young or old to get involved in sport. Each one of us has the ability to become more than we currently are. To push our limits and reach for that finish line.
If you’re stuck in a rut with your fitness routine, don’t do any exercise or would like to become more active there isn’t a better time than now to get involved. You’ll find encouragement all around you.But where to get started? The first step is usually the most daunting. Not necessarily.
The team at London 2012 have developed a fantastic aptitude test to help you gauge what sport is best suited to your personality. It’s surprising accurate. Apparently I am best suited to ‘solo sport´, things such as cycling, rock-climbing, triathlons and athletics. Anything for independent-minded people who can set their own targets. Now for those of you who know me, I’m sure that you’ll most likely agree with this; given my tendency to be overly in-control and to avoid depending on others (perhaps it’s the only child syndrome). I suppose that now means that if anyone was planning to invite me along to join in a team sport, it will no longer be happening.
Still not convinced? How about trying these great ideas from Team London 2012
- Complete 81 lengths of a 25m pool to swim a distance of 2,012 metres
- Put together a team bowling event to knock down 2,012 pins
- Do any sporting activity of your choice for 2,012 seconds (that’s around 34 minutes)
Or better yet set your own targets and make your own goals. They don’t need to be serious. If you don’t like doing it alone get a group of friends or colleagues together. Alternatively ask around… you’d be surprised at just how many sporting groups we have in Nairobi. Running, cycling, social tennis, zumba you name it and it’s out there!
As for me? My goal for 2012 is to take my fitness outside of the gym and to challenge myself. Which I’m glad to say I have started doing. I’ve now joined a charity cycle around the Ngorongoro Crater over Easter. And incase your asking how far are we cycling? 212 km in four days.
Your comments and tips are very welcome and appreciated… the more shared the better. I know you’re all out there, I just have no idea who you are! So post away and let’s get sharing