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My apology to the feds
I should apologize to federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose.
I was in the Reh-Fit a few days ago and noticed a new chart showing Ambrose’s Health Canada guidelines for various age groups.
It was, of course, her guidelines for frail, feeble, decrepit senior citizens that caught my eye. I may be embellishing Rona’s notice just a tad.
The minister recommends that we old people try to get 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week, preferably in chunks of at least 10 minutes each.
Sorry, Rona. I know your advice is for my good.
That particularly seven days, I was at Reh-Fit twice, arc trainer, weights, abs, a bit of running. Maybe 90 minutes of activity — alas, 90 minutes each of those two times.
And those other five days?
Again, minister, I’m appalled at how seniors can fail to heed your good advice. Those other five days, I refereed four 80-minute soccer matches and two 90-minute soccer matches, all with teenagers.
Only way I can see to square myself with the feds is to spend the next three or four weeks on the couch. I really am fitting the stereotype of being an ornery senior who just doesn’t listen.
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About Nick Martin
Nick Martin is the old bearded guy at the back of the newsroom, the most experienced reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, having started his career in Ontario in 1971.
He’s been covering education for the Free Press since the spring of 1997, after decades primarily covering municipal politics, including a four-year stint at the Ontario legislature for the London Free Press.
Nick moved to Manitoba in 1988 with his Winnipeg-born wife, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba. They have two kids, both of whom graduated from Grant Park High School: son Chris and daughter Gillian.
Nick has won a national journalism award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, two Manitoba Human Rights Journalism awards, and the Ontario Reporters Association investigative award.
Nick is a long-distance runner, having finished and survived 18 marathons and 15 half-marathons and 30-kilometre races, and having (barely) survived 10 years as an outdoor and indoor soccer coach.
Nick became a soccer referee in 2007, delighting in his 60s in outrunning 16-year-olds and keeping his distance from obstreperous coaches and parents.
Nick and his wife have discovered a mutual love for kayaking at their Whiteshell cottage, and are both regulars at the Reh-Fit Centre. They hold season tickets to both the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Warehouse, and as empty nesters, have rediscovered the joys of an active winter vacation.
A native of Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, Nick is a member of the Toon Army as a Newcastle United supporter, and a proud citizen of Leafs Nation.
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