Troubador Find Time for Exercise

Podcast – Blethers from Mac the Pict – Episode 1 – Find Time for Exercise

Released: 28/08/2021

ISBN: 9781800464360

eISBN: 9781800466333

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Find Time for Exercise

How to Challenge Yourself and Enjoy the Benefits of Regular Exercise


Find Time for Exercise offers an achievable solution – regular exercise – to one of the biggest health issues facing the world today: physical inactivity and its consequent problems, including obesity, reduced life expectancy and a wide range of physical and mental health issues.

Part 1 sets the scene by describing the worldwide scale of the problem, then focuses on the benefits of exercise and finding the inspiration to increase your own activity levels. Part 2 shares the author’s own exercise challenge and how he began an unbroken eight-year streak of moving at least 5 kilometres per day – walking, running, cycling, kayaking, canoeing or skiing. Part 3 tells the personal stories of ten brave men and women who took on their own challenges to improve their health and well-being, and make positive changes in their lives. Part 4 of the book looks at a range of other challenges, including The Daily Mile and parkrun, and goes on to discuss the health benefits of active commuting, workplace activity and owning a dog. This builds a motivating case for Part 5, which helps the reader set and achieve their own challenge, with suggestions for how to find time for exercise in their busy lives.

The final chapter draws together a list of ten principles aimed at helping the reader to choose and succeed in their own challenge. By making regular exercise an achievable activity, focused on the individual’s own goals, however modest, this book shows how everyone can find time for exercise and reap the benefits.

This book is aimed at everyone, absolutely everyone, including you.

It is a passionate promotion of the benefits of regular exercise and in particular the benefits of adopting an exercise challenge, however modest it might be, to help you stay motivated.

I am not an Olympic champion, international footballer or renowned mountaineer, just someone who loves being active and wants to share his passion with you.

Whether you are male or female, young or old, fit, unfit or somewhere in-between, this book is for you. It doesn't push any specific type of exercise challenge and it certainly doesn't matter what level of fitness you currently have. That's because it is not a book about competitive sport, but about exercise and the physical and mental health benefits that can be gained from taking regular exercise.

Fiona Outdoors

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The Scotsman

Essential worthwhile book, especially if you want to live longer. Motivation to get started with any physical activity can be very difficult. Mike Dales describes his own journey and how you can be more active everyday. You never know after reading this book the benefits of physical activity might make you live longer.

by Prof Chris Oliver

A very inspiring read that suits all levels of ability when it comes to exercise. You can set a challenge suited to you, which I like. I've already been inspired to go out for several walks that I wouldn't have done otherwise.

by Mhairi Towler

I really enjoyed reading this book and it was the encouragement I needed to get back into running. Definitely a 5 star book.

by Val Lovatt

This is an amazing book …… full of help, support and motivational ideas on how to make exercise a part of your every day habits.

Easy to read … I have bought several copies for friends and family to encourage them to find time for exercise. Highly recommended.

by Jenny Shilton

Mike Dales

Mike Dales went out on nature walks with his maternal grandfather from the age of three. The seed was sown, and walking in nature has been one of his great passions ever since. His nature walks in adult life have taken him to the Himalaya, Andes, Alps and Scottish Highlands, but he traces his love of the outdoors all the way back to the paths and woodlands of East Yorkshire in the early 1960s.

His interests in hillwalking, sea kayaking, skiing, cycling and running led him to Scotland and the wide-open spaces of the Highlands and Islands. Now living in rural Perthshire, he has climbed all of Scotland's mountains known as Munros and Corbetts, and cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats and the Irish end-to-end equivalent from Mizen to Malin. A keen hill runner, his favourite forms of running are the alpine activities of uphill marathons and Vertical Kilometre races, although he is more regularly seen at parkruns and can occasionally be spotted running indoor 800 metres races in the winter season.

In 2013, Mike and his partner Fiona turned their activities into an exercise streak that has, to date, gone unbroken for over eight years. Find Time for Exercise begins with the story of that exercise streak, then goes into the exercise challenges that a range of Mike's friends and contacts have taken on, and ends with a call to action for the reader to think about taking on an exercise challenge as a way to improve their own health and well-being.

What began as a childhood bonding session with his grandfather has developed into a passion for taking exercise in the great outdoors and promoting the benefits of regular physical activity to wide ranging audiences.

Mike Dales

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