Health and Fitness: Firefighters climbing for MND provide inspiration

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CHALLENGE: A team from Medowie Rural Fire Service will take on the Sydney Tower in October to raise funds and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease.
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Sometimes missing a session can be exactly what you need.

You might be absolutely exhausted, run-down with illnessor have a broken limb and, on days like those, rest is probably yourbest option.

Then there are the days when you’vestubbed your toe or you’ve sneezed a couple of times and feel like you possibly could come down with something, but more than anything are justlacking a little motivation and any sign of something is enough to stop you leaving the house.

I was having one of those days yesterday –a bit tired, a bit of a sniffle but mostlyjust lacking enthusiasm.

Sometimes, on those kind of days, getting up and out of the house can actually be the best fix.

It might just be going for a walk in the fresh air. You might go to the gym and do a light cycle on the bike.

I chose to hit the stairs because that is my happy place on a day when motivation is lacking. It is tough, no matter if you walk, run or crawl.

Generally, I find once I you there youdo more than planned or the people around you prove inspiration too. And that is exactly what happened.

I was intending to just do a smaller session than normal but then several firefighters turned up in full gear and started walking the stairs.

After a few sets I asked where they were from and if they were training for something in particular.

Turned out they were from Medowie Rural Fire Serviceand they are doing the Firies Climb for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) inOctober.

According tofiriesclimbformng苏州模特佳丽招聘.au, MNDis a progressive, terminal neurological disease. There is no known treatment or cure and each day,in , two or more people die from MND and more than two people are diagnosed with MND.

All donations raised go to Macquarie University which houses ’s largest MND research facility.

It not only motivated me to train harder, it also made me think there is always someone doing it much tougher than you are and we should not take for granted the ability to be able to do things like stairs.

DIFFERENT PACE: There may be no stairs in the Herald Hill2Harbour, which is on this weekend, but it offers a challenge of its own. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Another event helping others is NewRun this Sunday, April 15, whichhas a 2km run for kids, a 5km event, the 10kmHerald Hill2Harbour and a half marathon (21.1km). The event charity is CanTeen, helping young people living with cancer in the Hunter region and it isnot too late to enter.

Kids needed fornutritionstudyResearchers from the University of Newcastle and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) are looking to develop a new onlinenutritioneducation platform for teachersand are after some input from kids.

The researchers, Ms Nienke Devlieger and Dr Tamara Bucher, are looking for 20 year five or six students and a parent or guardian to take part in a one-hour interview and fun sorting task.

To find out more, go tohttps://t苏州夜场招聘/gifAO5wXYjorcontact Ms Nienke on 02 4985 4086 or via [email protected]

Upcoming fitness eventsNewRun, Newcastle Foreshore, April 15:Newcastle’s annual running festival with a range of distances on offer, all with courses that hug the coastline and arguably one of the most scenic events around. Courses includes 2km for kids, 5km, 10km and 21.1km. The perfect way to run off Easter.

Memory Walk & Jog, Speers Point, May 20:Raising funds toincrease Dementia ‘s ability to provide vital support services, such as counselling, support groups, education to help family carers and professional training across NSW. The event comprises a 2km walk, 7.5 km walk and 7.5km run.

Autumn workouts #week 6Inspired by the Medowie Rural Fire Service team, this week hit the stairs for a session. Training on the stairs is good for strength and cardiovascular fitness. You can easily make it an all-body workout by adding arm work.

Set 1:5 push-ups, 5 bent-over rows, 5 biceps curl with shoulder press, 5 triceps extension, run/walk two sets of stairs.

Set 2:10push-ups, 10bent-over rows, 10 biceps curl with shoulder press, 10triceps extension, run/walk foursets of stairs.

Set 3:15push-ups, 15 bent-over rows, 15biceps curl with shoulder press, 15 triceps extension, run/walk sixsets of stairs.

Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of three. [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

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