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Old friends, fitness & the Full Monty – John Hartson

Hello! I’ve been busy (and ill) since my last blog for Creditfix. As some of you may have seen in my previous post, I’ve been training for an upcoming project raising awareness for Prostate Cancer where I’ll be performing The Full Monty on stage. I’m certain to make myself look a fool and definitely embarrass my kids, but it’s for a great cause.

As my training got well underway, I had a minor setback with a bad chest. The doctors prescribed me antibiotics to get me feeling myself again, but during this break I lost some of my strength. Once feeling better, I returned to North London and back to training. My old friend and former professional boxer Spencer Oliver who I know from my ten years playing football for Arsenal, West Ham and Luton, took me for a few rounds on the pads. I love boxing, so it was great fun!

If that wasn’t busy enough, I’m also midway through planning my new house move, and as anyone who has moved house will know, I’m saving money where I can. Of course, I’m training for this performance but I’m also busy, so it’s important to keep fit in body and in mind.

Below are a few tips from the guys here at Creditfix that might help you with your own fitness goals. It might not be for performing The Full Monty, but whatever the goal, these should help:

  • You don’t need a gym – You’ll likely be paying upwards of £30 per month and the chances are, you won’t use it! I’d take that £30, grab yourself some running shoes and hit the streets, or find your local Parkrun. Or, if it’s too cold to head out and about, I would recommend the 7 minute workout app which should provide you with some motivation. If you catch the bug, maybe consider joining a gym, but if so, remember there is always a deal to be had!
  • Get cooking – If you’re not the best at showing off your culinary expertise, there are so many apps out there catering to healthy cooking on a budget, and doing it well. The Yummly app allows you to select healthy meals that use less than five ingredients, grab these from your local Lidl or Aldi instead of Sainsbury’s or Waitrose, and you have everything for healthy eating on a budget.
  • It takes 21 days to make a habit – Yep, just 21 days to make a habit, so give it a go now. Drink more water (tap, not bottled). It’s good for you, and saves you money on other sugar-filled sports drinks, which I’m sure don’t really keep you healthy. Eat your breakfast, this will give you energy to take on the day, boost your metabolism, and stop you snacking.

I hope some of these tips help. Keep updated on my Twitter @JohnHartson10 and I’ll speak to you again soon!


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