Couch to 5K

I think we all like to believe that we’re in good health, eat well and are reasonably fit. In a similar vein, our kids like to believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen the hashtag #C25K popping up in my twitter stream, but I only recently decided to investigate what it meant. Turns out that quite a few of the people I follow had begun the Couch to 5k running program. C25K is an interval training program and although that’s hardly a new concept, its popularity has meant that a bunch of helpful resources have been created to assist you to get off the couch.

This morning I downloaded a music mix that was designed to accompany the C25K program, with the beat changing up or down according to whether you should be jogging or running, from Podrunner Intervals and loaded it onto my iPod, found my barely used pair of sneakers and headed out the door. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the first transition from a brisk walk to a jog felt like it was going to make my lungs explode, but by the time I reached the cooldown part of the workout I was actually disappointed that I had no more jogging sections to come.

Three times a week for the next 9 weeks I’ll be following the C25K program, if all goes to plan I’ll be able to do a 5K run in 30 minutes, which seems like quite a feat at this point in time. The concept of ‘getting fit’ always seems rather nebulous to me, the beauty of C25K is that there’s a well defined goal and an obvious way to get there.

Update: Second session finished. Buster Boy woke me up just after 6 and I se out with all of the other nutters. Part way through I started to worry that my usually dormant asthma was about to make a comeback, but it turns out it was mostly my under-developed lung capacity that was causing the problem.

Something new for a Sunday

After the last few days confined to the house looking after a bed-ridden Mrsdave and an equally unwell Troll Princess I felt a strange urge this morning, I wanted to exercise. This came as somewhat of a shock to me as I usually rate exercise right up there with dentist visits and eating broccoli, I realise that it’s good for you but I’m damned if I’m going to enjoy doing it.

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The TV Seat Shuffle

I know that I’m not alone in enjoying the ribbing that some Coalition members have been receiving over the past week or so for their non-attendance while parliament has been sitting. I suspect that what annoys those who have been ‘caught out’ the most is that they know that in reality their absence from the chamber is par for the course and everyone, except the general public, know that it’s the case. The government know that the chamber is usually empty, the journos know that the chamber is usually empty, but an MP caught lunching during question time is too much fun not to hound.

Most of the images we see on the news are taken during question time when the chamber is full and that’s what our elected leaders would like us to believe is always the case, so Downer, Tuckey and Vaile have been left to take their medicine knowing that it’s not in anyone’s interest to let the truth out. In reality, the business of the house is usually very orderly and running to a predictable schedule. The only times that the house is full are question time and during a division. To keep the house in order back benchers are put on a roster organised by the party whip and take turns being in the chamber, leaving more senior members to attend to other things.

The only impediment to this smooth running operation is the intrusion of TV cameras in the chamber. Politicians are very sensitive to criticism about the amount of work they do and both sides of the house know that images of an empty chamber are bad PR, therefore they both engage in what I like to refer to as the ‘TV Seat Shuffle’.

Have a look below the fold for some rare footage of this wonderfully choreographed part of our democracy.

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