Blog: The Fitness Zone

You're never too old or too fat to uncover the competitor within. The Nelson Mail's Peter Gibbs helps readers to overcome their fears and discover the pleasures and benefits of being fit.

Age shall weary you, but keep running anyway

05:00am 15 Aug 2014


More on the motivation battlefront.

I managed to stick to my plan of three runs a week, after not running at all for a few months, and it's been a wakeup.

To the couch potatoes I've been haranguing all these years, I apologise - it's not as easy as I've been saying.

On the other hand, it's not impossible, and good health and enjoyment lie ahead if you can stick to it.

My first run wasn't very auspicious. Last Friday, we found ourselves in Christchurch. It had snowed overnight, but since we had to drive home that day, my son Oliver and I decided on a pre-breakfast run.

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Banishing the winter blues

05:00am 01 Aug 2014


Motivation is a fickle thing. In the past I never had much problem, with goals out ahead, most of them involving some travel.

Entering an event somewhere else in New Zealand, or even farther afield, has always spurred me on, but that incentive has failed me in the past year or so.

After some injuries that made running difficult, I decided to take some time off. Rather than being refreshed, I find I've turned into a bit of a couch potato.

I still get up in the morning and go swimming several days a week, but I'm only doing that because I'm afraid of losing the habit.

I've loaned my bike trainer to someone who will use it and I never seem to get around to going for runs any more after I found that each one would leave me with aches and pains for a couple of days.

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Technical lessons place all in a row

05:00am 25 Jul 2014


A few years ago the rowing club issued a challenge to businesses around town.

Four team members were to row the equivalent of a marathon on a machine.

They're in every gym. You may call them rowing machines, but rowers call them ergs, or ergometers to use their full title.

Our little Nelson Mail editorial team signed up, but it turned out we were the only ones - you could say we won by default, claiming the title of the best corporate rowing team in town.

But first we had to row our way to glory at the same time as finely tuned teams of real rowers took part in the challenge.

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An authentic tribute to a gut-busting Giro

05:00am 18 Jul 2014


Thank goodness it's been good television-watching weather. Even without paying exorbitant bills to Sky, there's been plenty to watch, with the game that many of us still call soccer, friends copying DVDs of Tour de France stages, and online coverage of triathlons.

The riches continue, with a couple more weeks of the tour and the Commonwealth Games starting next week.

Exercise hasn't occupied centre stage, but I'm still managing a few days of swimming each week.

If you're thinking about the MS Ford Blue September Father's Day 5km charity run/walk, you have only seven weeks to go.

Although most people will be able to jog or walk the distance without much preparation, you'll enjoy it more if you're fitter.

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From couch-bound zero to 5k hero

05:00am 11 Jul 2014


It's not easy to get out and exercise during the winter, but help is at hand.

A new event in nine weeks' time offers achievable salvation for couch potatoes and also gives the chance to do your bit for charity.

The MS Ford Blue September Father's Day 5km Fun Run/Walk is a fundraiser in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.

Pretty well anyone can handle 5km, especially if you can walk all or part of it, so this is a chance to do yourself some good, have a good time and help out a good cause.

The event starts on the banks of the Maitai River, on the new walkway across the river from Trafalgar Park.

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