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Back on a fitness kick – Joshua and I head to the gym again: does my effort impress?

Tom Winnifrith
Wednesday 19 September 2018

I am conscious that I have put on a few pounds during the summer, that my blood sugar is too high – though not off the scale as it once was – and that action is needed to lose weight and to get/keep my type 2 diabetes in check. Thus it is time to visit Perry, the stalwart of the local Tory party, who runs a gym half way between Joshua’s nursery, aka the borstal, and our house here in Bristol.

Actually I headed there on Monday before picking up Joshua in the evening and managed 3.5 kilometres in 30 minutes on a 1 gradient. That is in addition to the 1.5 m ile round trip of a walk gto pick Joshua up. Today Joshua is on a half day and he loves the gym because, as I run, kind Perry fixes up a big screen to show Thomas the Tank Engine or Peppa Pig. I am not sure how this goes down with the other clients, a burly bunch of muscle men, but Joshua loves it.

Anyhow, today I managed 3.7 kilometres on the same gradient in half an hour. I see my daughter tonight who will, I am sure, suggest that this is pathetic and that Joshua would do better on the treadmill and that I should watch Peppa. But I reckon for a 50 year old that is not a total disgrace and I am building up steadily – one run every two days, as my 75 year old walking coach Brian Basham advocates.

Do I have any right to be even vaguely pleased with myself?

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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