As we get older, it’s easy to fall into the habit of watching sport rather than playing it. Dr Chris Bunn from the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing tells us about the Football Fans in Training programme which is helping men get back into playing the beautiful game ― and losing weight in the process.
Since Italia ’90 and Gazza’s tears, the spectacle of two national teams passionately doing battle for football’s ultimate bragging right has never failed to capture my imagination.
As a youngster, the sedentary hours spent watching World Cup games were always offset by the hours spent playing football at parks, in training sessions, on the playground and in competitive matches. But as I’ve aged, I’ve found my passion for watching the beautiful game now outstrips the capacity for playing it.
Whilst I keep as active as my life allows, I have to take care not to fall into the trap that many men succumb to: that of the eternal spectator. Read more