Get culture, get fit!


It’s that time of year when we all make promises to get fit and healthy. I don’t know about you, but I’m generally back firmly ensconced on the couch with a grab bag of Maltesers by the time we’re halfway through January. But this year, we’re doing something different. We’re going for it and we’re going to use the best of Liverpool’s cultural resources to help us.

I seem to be surrounded lately by inspirational people when it comes to being fit and healthy. Our lovely Culture mama (she’ll kill me!) Linda started running last year and has got so fit and healthy that we almost walked past her when we went to the press launch for the Giants. Welcoming all the visitors to the event, Linda looked like a new woman. A Marilyn Monroe type woman! And there’s Jenny in the office next door who’s on a year long challenge to get fit using a personal trainer in the Council’s Millennium Lifestyles Centre. She’s left the wine bottle in the kitchen and grabbed her kit bag and the results are tremendous.

Inspired by these and by André’s blog post about getting fit using our gorgeous Liverpool parks, my fellow Culture Champ Johny and I have bitten the bullet and signed up for this year’s Liverpool Spring 10k run. Yikes!

Just to make it clear, Johny and I are the wrong side of 40 and neither of us have done any running since our school days back in the 70s and 80s.  But we’re going to give it a go.

I’ve found a phone app called C25K (couch to 5k) that will get me off my well-rounded derrière and I’ll be dragging myself round Sefton Park to build up my as yet untapped running abilities.  Meanwhile Johny has signed up for a programme with his local Lifestyles centre as part of his preparations. Linda recommends getting down to the gorgeous, UNESCO world heritage site Liverpool waterfront, so I may pop my running shoes on and head down there as part of my training.

The big day is four very short months away on 4th May, so we’ve got a lot to do between now and then. I did my first run last night and had to cave in a 20 minutes. But I’ll keep going and we’ll let you know how we’re getting on.

We’d love to hear if any of you are using our lovely cultural resources to get fit.


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