The Importance Of Physical Activity

The Importance Of Physical Activity

I hope all of you had the opportunity to take a few days off during the October school holidays. It was during this time where I reflected on the year especially on how tough it was to stay disciplined with my training through the incredibly long winter in Western Cape. This brings me to what I would like to share with you about remaining dedicated towards your physical exercise as we start entering the silly season.

There are many good reasons why it is called “the silly season” which is why the invasion of your exercise time and “me” time will be relentless. Maybe the nature of my previous job plays a big role, but I always feel less stressed when I have done some physical activity. Over time I have learned to cross-train and not only focus on one sport.


Mountain biking is my go-to sport as it is much softer on the body than running. Out of all the sports that I do, I find surfing the most rewarding and also the most relaxing. With all the other sports, it is very easy to keep thinking of work and family but with surfing you have to be very focused on the next wave and being in the correct position. Knowing that a mistake can cause some serious damage and possibly put you in hospital, makes you focus on another level.

Mind you, riding a bike in the open roads of South Africa has also become extremely dangerous. A one-hour surf session really puts me on an adrenaline high that lifts me the whole day. As we draw closer to the festive season, I always see more people exercising and getting out in the fresh air. I guess everybody has a different motive as to why they do physical exercise, but my main reason is to get rid of my stress. I am very fortunate that my wife also loves exercise allowing us some quality time to run together and sneak a 45-minute chat as we do our daily exercise.


What are you doing to stay fit and why are you doing it? Summer bodies are made in winter, but it is never too late to start exercising your body and your mental health. If you don’t make time to exercise, then you will never have time for it.

The 2023 festive season is a few weeks away and I would like to encourage you to use your exercise time wisely and protect it with all you have. More frequent parties must be matched with more frequent training sessions. More regular alcohol consumption must be matched with a regular exercise regime. More stress must be balanced with more physical exercise.

Take control of your health this season and your body will thank you in January 2024. All the best with all the challenges and I trust you will have the discipline to get through as a better version of yourself in December.


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