January has arrived, a time of year when everyone’s life dramatically changes… for no more than two weeks!
People across the land have dug out their running shoes from the bottom of the wardrobe and tried to squeeze in to those ever-so-tight cycling shorts in an attempt to lead that healthy lifestyle they’ve promised themselves for the year ahead.
The gyms are packed; the streets are filled with runners, and fitness DVD’s are selling out in all local stores. However, what it all boils down to is one simple question: How does one maintain this lifestyle for more than two weeks?
Most people need an inspirational figure to keep them going. Here are a few examples of outstanding individuals who have found themselves at Buckingham Palace being rewarded for going above and beyond the call of duty and inspiring others to work towards a healthier life.
Maggie Hackney received an MBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours List for her services to Healthcare and Families. Maggie has volunteered in the community for over 40 years, working on many projects including helping heart attack victims get back to full health and fitness, and improving the health of obese children. Thanks to Maggie countless people in her local community now have their life back on track.
Along with hitting the gym 24-7 another common feeling at the turn of the year is the desire to achieve something special in the year ahead. Running a marathon is usually very high on that list. If you haven’t run one yet, fear not, you have plenty of time. 103 year-old Fauja Singh is widely recognised as the oldest marathon runner in the world and was awarded a BEM for his charity work in the 2015 New Years Honours List.
Just over ten years behind Fauja is 91 year-old Jack Bishop (pictured above) who has been awarded a BEM for his services to boxing in Southampton and Portsmouth. Jack, who had his first fight in 1933 has kept professional boxing alive in Southampton almost singlehandedly for five decades and is still training local boxers at the ripe old age of 91.
These short examples are proof that it’s not just the Olympians and top sports stars that receive health and fitness related honours. The honours system is there to reward fantastic local people who go beyond the call of duty in their chosen field and make life better for others.
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