A health adventure – are you in?

A health adventure – are you in?

My passion for the outdoors brings a smile to my face and allows me to keep fit and healthy. I get to explore all sorts of terrain including Scottish Islands, woodland hideaways and beautiful coastal routes. Health adventures can take all sorts of shapes and forms. I’ve eaten fresh fish on white sandy beaches and woke to the sound of the sea, or a nearby stream. I haven’t always enjoyed getting outdoors and participating in activities that help me feel healthy and well.  I grew up in a city and in my teens I had no interest in anything remotely healthy. It wasn’t till my late teens that I discovered cycling thanks to my sister Maggsie. Running and sprint distance triathlons followed in my 20’s. Two decades later, I still compete, although with arthritic knees, I have adapted and I compete as part of a relay team. I love that there are three disciplines which all require being in the outdoors (swim, cycling and running). Participating in such events allows me to spend time in the company of inspiring people who are all championing each other regardless of ability and age. It allows me to enjoy the competitive element of triathlons without breaking myself. Some take these events very seriously, with the top of the range kit and the hard core training plans. Others like me just rock up (often after a night of copious wine and dancing) and just enjoy the fresh air, the sunshine and the ‘I can’ feeling that is generated knowing that, regardless of your speed or position, you have lapped those people sitting on the couch watching...
Micro adventuring (Part 1 of 2)

Micro adventuring (Part 1 of 2)

The turn of the year tends to be the time when people evaluate where they are at and what they want from life. I call this ‘resetting the compass’. This can be a prelude to a new chapter, a new direction or a new adventure. How is this year working out for you? My guess is that your answer may depend on whether you were clear about what you wanted from your year and whether you created the plan to make great things happen. Advertisements all around us tell us to be adventurous, to live life to the full; messages that can lead us to feel that we should have big hairy audacious goals that involve visiting exotic places or jumping off cliffs . If that is what you want…. by all means go grab it! If this doesn’t feel possible or reflect your idea of fun, it is easy to write off the idea that adventure could be part of your life. For me the challenges of a busy life that includes parenthood, an NHS job and running a business have led me down the route of micro-adventuring. I can enjoy activities on a shoestring and go on small but fun escapades on a regular basis. I have come to learn that adventures, no matter how big or small are at my fingertips on a daily basis. In my Adventurous Polly video series you will see me up a hill, on the beach, biking, wild camping, building a fire with the kids, having hot chocolate by moonlight, exploring new spaces and other such things. Not rocket science but it gives me...