Last year I got properly fit. Not just run a marathon fit but whole body fit. In doing so my running times improved immensely and I felt better than I ever had. Feeling so happy in my life meant that I could no longer to put up with a negative work situation and I finally found the courage to jack it in. I was suddenly unemployed and totally free to go anywhere and do anything. I wanted to do something that was going to consolidate my fitness, not ruin it with nights out drinking vodka martinis and ranting about my old boss, so I chose on the spur of the moment to attend a course that my old personal trainer was now teaching out in Kenya. I’d never been on a fitness holiday, never been to Kenya, never really contemplated doing such a thing, but suddenly two weeks later I was driving up to Baraka House and about to embark on a nine day kickstart. And it really did kickstart everything. I had an absolute blast waking up at 6am, exercising three times a day, learning to box, to run barefoot and swimming 4 kilometres in open water, a feat I previously thought impossible. I also made great friends, laughed a lot, ate fantastic food and discovered that East Africa is a very, very unique part of the world. I loved it so much I’m going back in a few days to try and improve my fitness levels after my stress fracture in a safe and varied environment…and of course drink a few Tuskers at the end.
When I bang on about Wildfitness this is what it means…less gadgets, more being outdoors and hopefully a bit of a laugh. I tend to hate see myself on screen (and working in TV I had to think up many excuses to avoid it) but for some reason in this it’s not so bad at all.