I've been 'planning' to improve my fitness for ages. Ridiculous really as good health waits for no man. I start a new job on Wednesday and I had in mind that 'after Indy Man' I would start a healthy routine. Timely then that I woke up on Sunday morning in my hotel in Manchester, to the nomination from my good friend, Lally Morrison, for the 22 Push Up Challenge.
In the grand scheme of things, this is a small challenge to help raise awareness for a big issue: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful and distressing events. The #22PushUpChallenge campaign by Combat Stress — The Veterans' Mental Health Charity — is helping to raise awareness of veterans’ mental health together with PTSD on the whole, which is often suffered by witnesses and victims of serious road accidents, personal assault, violence, natural disasters and more. In fact, close to home, my neighbour who was a fireman for many years, suffers from PTSD. So it's all around us, and like many things, we need to be more aware of it. Today is also World Mental Health Day, so as good a day as any to begin.
So Lally, I accept the challenge. But I'm going to do more and really, this is a personal challenge to myself to treat it as a kick up the bum for all-round well-being. I have a health concern of my own in the form of a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. I only discovered it on an entirely self-initiated check up at the doctors a couple of years ago and if truth be known, before now I haven't taken the warnings seriously enough. And let's just be frank about this for a moment – if you know you're overweight (like I am), it's worth going for an MOT.
So I'm going to add to the 22 daily push ups, a mile swim too. There are 21 days left in October, so come mid morning on the 1st November, I hope to have completed at least 484 press ups and swum a minimum of 22 miles. I know it's not a huge challenge compared to some, but it's a big shift in my own lifestyle. I'm not going to force feed it to you, but I will record each day here on my website so you can keep track of my progress. I'll also do each set on Periscope or Vimeo.
I'm adding another dimension – something you haven't been waiting for...
Don't worry though, you won't have to see this very often. Once now and one at the end. I can't imagine there'll be too much change after 22 days, but let's see!
It would be really good if at the end of it, I've raised just £5 each from 100 people. If you decide at any point during the next three weeks that you'd like to donate, please do so here: www.justgiving.com/craftbeerhour22.
Watch this space!
P.S. Here was my effort from Day 1 ---> www.periscope.tv/w/1yoKMDvrMvdxQ