One of Canberra’s beloved athletes, Alan played more than 200 games for the Canberra Raiders between 2000 and 2011. Originally from Tamworth, Alan captained the Raiders from 2007 to 2011 and after retiring from the game at the end of the 2011 season he has remained in Canberra with his wife and children. As a father, Alan is excited to be running the Canberra Times Fun Run on Father’s Day with his young family.
Set small goals
When setting out to run distance event it can sometimes feel like a huge task that is a long way off. Set smaller more manageable goals every week. E.G: I will run three times this week. It doesn’t matter how far you run just make sure you commit to running three times – once you’ve started you’ll actually start to enjoy it!
Team up with a friend
It’s proven that you’re more likely to stick to a training plan if you’re doing it alongside a friend or family member. Get your husband, wife, friends, neighbours and even encourage your kids to get involved. It will help keep you motivated and accountable and it will definitely make your training more fun!
Take your time and slowly increase your workload each week
If you’re at the beginning of your fitness journey it’s important not to overdo it too early in the piece. It’s great to be motivated to get stuck into training but be mindful of the stress rapidly increased exercise can have on your body. Make sure you listen to your body, take rest days, stretch and make recovery a priority!
Erin is one of the National Rugby League’s “leading ladies” as a host, presenter and broadcaster for the Nine Network’s NRL coverage.
Born and raised in Canberra, where she first began her journalism career, Molan is now one of the most recognisable faces on television through her work as a co-host on the long-running “The NRL Footy Show” and “The Sunday Footy Show”.
The media darling also appears on the Nine News Morning Edition as the sports presenter.
For Molan – a “proud Canberran” – there are few better places in the world to exercise than her home-town, and will this year be participating to raise funds and awareness in for Bowel Cancer Australia, for which she is also an ambassador.
Follow a plan
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is fitness. Set out yourself a weekly plan of small, achievable fitness goals, courses and routes to build up a fitness base. Setting goals that are unreachable will make you lose confidence easily and make you start looking for excuses as to why you can’t exercise. Achieving goals on a regular basis will make you feel more and more positive about your progress.
Make time for exercise
Especially in the colder months, it’s very easy to find ways to get yourself out of exercising. For me, work is always the most common excuse. Setting aside time in your day to exercise is very important. You don’t have to be a world-beater every time you set out for a run; but ensuring that you get your daily fix will make you more productive!
Find a friend
Exercising is always better when you’re with someone else. Find someone who’s striving for the same fitness goals that you are so you can push each other along. It’s always a good thing to have someone there to ensure that you are getting your exercise session in, and there’s no better feeling when you get to celebrate your fitness successes with someone else.