If you’re into fitness and exercise, you’ve probably been eagerly anticipating the 2014 Commonwealth Games for some time and will already be happily watching the exciting events currently underway.
But if watching the elite athletes compete on the TV isn’t enough for you and you want to get closer to the action, there are plenty of ways that you can still get involved in this year’s games and get a step closer to the fun.
Race Usain Bolt
If you’re already in Glasgow and have been inspired by the stamina, speed and strength on show, a good way to find out whether or not you’ve got what it takes to be the best is to head down to Glasgow Green and have a go at racing Usain Bolt.
At the Race Bolt event, members of the public can race a life-sized, on-screen version of the world famous athlete to see how their sprinting skills compare with those of the world’s fastest man.
Join the Baton Relay
As a new Commonwealth Games infographic from Virgin Media shows, every year since 1958 the Games have been opened by an epic baton rely that covers 190,000km and all 53 Commonwealth countries.
Though it’s too late for this year’s games, you can join in the relay next time and experience what it’s like to be part of one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
Whether you’re watching with friends at home or you’ve got tickets for the events in Glasgow, watching the 2014 Games is a great experience and a good chance to learn about the other countries that make up the Commonwealth.
For example, did you know that, per capita, the tiny country of Nauru is the most successful nation in the Commonwealth Games? In fact, the population of the country were so impressed with Nauruan weightlifter Marcus Stephen’s 12 medals that they made him president!
As the Commonwealth Games include a huge range of events, there’s nothing to stop you training up to compete for a medal yourself.
If you need a little inspiration, just look at English marathon runner Steve Way who, until 2006, smoked 20-cigarettes a day and weighed 16st. Today, he’s one of the world’s top marathon runners and will be competing alongside other athletes at the Commonwealth Games.
To find out more about the Games, check out the Virgin Media infographic or log on to their website and get involved.