Even in my madcap school days of playing rugby, football, cricket and swimming 3 times a week I couldn’t do press ups, but then I saw them as completely uneccessary as I couldn’t ever work out in a game of rugby or football or cricket, when I’d need to do them.
As of running it’s for saddos, I did it in training and in games, but as soon as I gave up playing, running as an exercise, jog on. There are people who I know who run as a “hobby” and quite a few have lower joint problems across all age ranges, my manager has been off work probably 2 years (3 months for each knee ligament op) over the last 9 years with leg and knee problems - keep fit you’re ‘avin’ a laugh. His wife burnt his running shoes.
I’d sooner get out on my bike and see the world or swim. I never understand why swimming isn’t more widely used for fitness tests.
I tend to agree with Leeroy in as much I’m in my late 40s and overweight according to the statisticians, but there are a huge number of cadets all over 30 years my junior and they don’t do a ¼ of what I did when I was their age, when it comes to activity. So if HQAC think us older chaps and ladies who have a few extra pounds to carry are a problem, I think they ought to look at the cadets, who outnumber us 4/5 to 1. The number of pictures I see of cadets male and female who more than fill out a uniform, far outnumber those of staff. The problems I have seen in the last few years of getting uniform for cadets that fits are numerous. The problem is HQAC wouldn’t dare start down that route, it would be more than their combined pensions are worth to start targeting teenagers. But it’s OK to target or maybe the word is discriminate against adults over something as arbitrary as this. I think they ought to look at equality legislation as they could, if people pursued it, find themselves in an interesting situation.
It might be amusing if they really pushed this, given that many Wings are not even up to establishment for uniformed roles, if us overweight / unfit ones, said stuff it and resigned our uniformed posts. There are a few of us who have said about having an old COs CI Club as we’d be quite happy as CIs, but as to who would fill our shoes as CO, when we’re not over run with willing candidates, is anyone’s guess. Some squadrons in our Wing have been nearly a year without a CO (WSOs having to support SNCOs) until they’ve badgered some poor sod into the job, who is only doing it out of sense of ‘corporate’ need.
Sorry but that just reads so well, or maybe that's just how my mind works.
Nuts - Daws beat me to it!