HE interviews some of Australia’s biggest sporting personalities for Foxtel’s The Back Page, but when it comes to keeping fit, radio star and TV presenter Tony Squires takes a leaf out of ex-Prime Minister John Howard’s book.
“I don’t move at the same clip as John Howard or wear all the Australia gear, but I don’t mind getting out and having a bit of a walk,” Squires said.
“When you hit the big 5-5 and you’ve got a sedentary job like mine, moving gets more important than going to the gym, and you can do it just by going for a walk.”
Staying active pays big dividends in the high-pressure world of live TV and radio, Squires says. “Your back is straighter, your head is clearer and you feel ready to tackle the world and the camera when you’re moving more and eating the right foods. It opens up so much in terms of your career.”
But professional success is not the only thing motivating Squires to stay fit and healthy.
“I’ve got two young kids and they keep me physically fit chasing them up and down the stairs and kicking the footy around. Being a parent actually requires you to move more, but it also makes you think, ‘Am I going to be around to speak at your 21st?’ That’s motivation! Plus you want to appear as sprightly as the other dads doing the school pick-up.”
A bit of healthy competition and camaraderie is Squires’ top tip for days when exercising seems too hard. “I’ll admit I can get very lazy and when that happens I find it helps to grab a friend and say ‘Let’s do this together’. When you’re exercising with someone else you’re much more likely to stick with it.”