Fitness basics

Getting and staying fit is fundamental to physical, mental and even spiritual health. For the Christian it is wise stewardship of his/her body. Whatever level of health you possess you can always improve it. Exercise, like Bible reading or prayer, needs to be part of our daily routine. A combination of aerobic and resistance training is best. Most sports and games combine the two e.g. badminton, tennis, squash, walking, football etc


Type of training Cardio Resistance
Aerobic Weights/resistance
Effects Increases heart rate
Increases breathing
Improves Stamina/endurance Strength
Burns calories
Best for weight loss Builds muscle




Irish Provincial Indoor Rowing Championships (preview)

This Saturday (D.V.) I compete in the 1000m and 500m sprint in the unofficial  autumn Irish championships at University of Limerick, combining the competition with a visit to the Limerick Reformed Fellowship and enjoying the hospitality of Pastor McGeown.


Where is Limerick?

University Sports Complex

In action 2016

Big screen



Last year’s sprint medallists M60 500m.


Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships 2017




My account of SIRC (Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships 2017) at Ravenscraig Sports Centre, Motherwell.


The entrance, the sports hall and the screen and machines.

Got subway and train to Motherwell then taxi to centre. When I got there racing was underway. I went to weigh in and was 74.8Kg PTL no probs. First race, 10.10am mixed 1000m men over 40 just had Stewart Fleming to row against in the M60 lightweight category. Made a fatal error in the race looking at the screen and seeing Stewart was +10-14m, thinking that means he was behind me so did not row that hard, I was wrong (this was the equivalent of looking back in a running race). I was actually behind him and was shocked when he finished in 3m 34s and me 3 secs behind. I should have seen the 1 by his name and 2 by mine. Well, maybe we’ll renew our rivalry next year. Disappointing result considering I had rowed 3m30s not long ago!

Stewart and I.

Determined to make amends in the 500m sprint with a total of 5 men including myself but all 4 of them heavyweight and myself lightweight-I’d have to go “hammer and tongs” to get a medal. Well I did! Went off hard and maintained it steady through the middle 300m being 100m in second and then in third place, putting everything into the last 100m (see video) I crossed the line in 1m34.9, my best time this year and only 0.6s off Irish lightweight record-pleased to get bronze. Next weekend is Irish provincial Champs in Limerick-can I go faster? One thing’s for sure I will read the digital screen properly and know where I am in the race.
Results: M60 1000m Lwt 1st Stewart Fleming (Tay. R.C.) 3.34.9 2nd JK 3.37.4
127 Men’s Over 60 Sprint (Mixed)
1 500 01:31.8 Raymond McAvoy NMAC (Hwt)
2 500 01:33.4 Ken Cunningham St Patricks RC (Hwt)
3 500 01:34.9 Julian Kennedy Ballymena Runners (Lwt)
4 500 01:38.4 Roger Stainforth Durham Amateur RC (Hwt)
5 500 01:46.1 Chris Smith Tay RC (Hwt)


500m race and medallists.

During the race

Ken, Ray and I the medallists on right.


18th November 15.29 post.


The medals.

Thankful to God for an enjoyable day!

Next Saturday (DV) Limerick, Ireland



A month to go!

Can’t run can row!

Less than a month to Scottish Indoor Rowing Champs in Wishaw on Nov.18th then Irish Champs in Limerick on 25th, then operation on Nov.29th in Warrington all DV. Training going reasonable but need to get down to 75Kg to make lightweight category.

Are you keeping fit as you can? Being a good steward of the body loaned you in this life, as God permits?

Psalm 37 and athletic competition.

Some further thoughts about sport and athletic competition from Psalm 37.

(Top) Wayde VanNeikerk (a believer) World record holder 400m (43.03)

(Below) Usain Bolt (not a believer) World record holder 100m (9.59) and 200m (19.19)

We are frail human beings and in our best state we are altogether vanity (Psalm 37:5), “Surely every man walketh in a vain show:” If what we do is for our own glory it is absolutely vain! In fact it is displeasing to God for anyone to take glory to themselves for any achievement. All who compete for their own glory, or money or fame are foolish and vain. We ought to glory alone in God (Jer. 9:23-24). Our beauty or strength consumes away like a moth (v11). We have nothing left to show for our short lives! Much of what we do is vain (The whole book of Ecclesiastes has much to say about this). That you beat someone else of the same age (or younger or older!) in some sport is ultimately down to the ability God gives you, one wins, one comes second, one is an “also ran.” So it boils down to God’s enabling, although your own training also contributes, but even that you do by God’s providential help. So are you “better” than someone else or is it that God gives you more ability on the day, and you have avoided injury etc.? I think it’s the latter! That said, if God has given you a measure of health and strength and you enjoy sport, do it heartily as unto him, for his glory, as being a good steward of all his gifts. All done in consecration to him and obedience to his word will be rewarded.

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In one of best ever Parkruns this year (73.2% age-graded Age Grade explained), I did the 5K (3 miles) in 22mins 42 secs– just down on my best this year and less than a minute down on pre-hip replacement. It was down to prayer for God’s enabling, quality training, a good night’s sleep, rest day from running yesterday, light racing shoes and pushing myself as hard as I could even though I was in “no man’s land” with no runners ahead to chase or behind to keep ahead of. Thankful. Citius-Altius-Fortius…Faster-Higher-Stronger even at my age!


Another video