Roger Black's health tips

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Roger says:

Choose to move

We were born to move but we live in a society that means we don’t have to. So just walk up the stairs or escalator and walk to wherever you’re going when possible.

Find a fitness buddy

If you tend to give up on exercise easily, working out with a friend can be motivating. I have a charity triathlon coming up and I haven’t been on a bike for ages but I’ve found a friend to do it with and we train together.

I wouldn’t have been the athlete I was without Kriss Akabusi and Daley Thompson. Some people like to be on their own, so if that’s you, then that’s fine. Either way, if fitness becomes a by-product of having fun, you’ve cracked it.

Make exercise easy

It’s better to do a little exercise often rather than a lot of exercise occasionally. People join a gym, push themselves really hard and then feel stiff the next day and don’t want to do it again. take your time and let your body adapt gradually. If you make it easy, you’ll be amazed at what you can do.

Keep going

If you stop your regime for a few weeks, you’ll have to start all over again.

Eat healthily

Steam your vegetables, bake your fish, don’t use too many sauces and try not to fry your food.

Roger's fast facts

1986 Commonwealth Games, Scotland:
400m gold medal; 4 x 400m relay gold medal

1986 European Championships, Germany:
400m gold medal; 4 x 400m relay gold medal

1987 World Championships, Rome:
4 x 400m relay silver medal

1990 European Championships, Yugoslavia:
400m gold medal; 4 x 400m relay gold medal

1991 World Championships, Tokyo:
400m silver medal; 4 x 400m relay gold medal

1992 Olympics, Barcelona:
4 x 400m relay bronze medal

1994 European Championships, Finland:
400m silver medal; 4 x 400m relay gold medal

1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta:
400m silver medal; 4 x 400m relay silver medal

1997 World Championships, Greece:
4 x 400m relay gold medal (awarded retrospectively in 2010)

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