I watched the final of the reality TV winter sports series, “The Jump” last night. I’ve caught about 3 episodes of this and enjoyed watching the participants try various winter sports. For once I’d actually heard of a few of the “celebrities”. But one did have to ask oneself why they would put themselves in such danger – 100kph on a plastic tray down a slick, ice-covered tunnel, with nothing between you and broken bones or ripped skin but some lycra and a helmet, anyone?
One of the finalists was Sir Steve Redgrave, President of BASI (the British Association of Ski Instructors) who unfortunately was injured and unable to complete. But he was interviewed near the end and said something like: “I love my skiing. I love the show. I want to give my all.”
Other contestants said similar – they’d just loved being part of it and taking part. And I think that’s the thing about sport – it helps you to live life to the full.
If you’ve lapsed – or not yet started – on your new year’s resolutions about getting fit, perhaps now is the time to dust them off and try again? I think the trick is to find a sport that you love, that feels like fun – one that makes you feel like you’re really living!