Why am I here?

The title of this post was a question I asked to year 9 pupils at Hurworth School last week, when doing a presentation on the importance of exercise and promoting exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. After the usual answer of “Because you’re being paid” and the follow up questions of “Do you have a nice car sir?”. I explained that I did not mean the question in a philosophical sense and was not looking for the meaning of life, but rather why was I there talking to them instead of at work in the clinic earning money? The answer for me was simple, it is something I’ve believed since before I started my Sports Therapy degree, from when I taught swimming and was a gym instructor. I was there because I love sport and being active. I feel very privileged to have had a very active upbringing, always encouraged to be out doing exercise from swimming to rugby and walking with the family. The benefits I have received from this upbringing have not only provided me with good health, but given me skills to help me in my business and social lives as well. The health benefits of exercise are demonstrated brilliantly by Dr Mike Evans in the video below. Those of you who have followed the blog/Facebook page for a while, will know that I have posted this video before, however I think its message is so important that I have no qualms about posting it again. I had a great week visiting the Hurworth and Applegarth schools for National School Sports Week, the response from the students was great and we had some interesting discussions about why we exercise and what happens to our bodies during exercise and injury

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