Danny Buderus to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Mark Hughes Foundation
Author: Adam Macdougall Date Posted:6 October 2019
Most professional footy players — well, the successful ones at least — know all about putting in for one another when the times get tough.
It’s often the only thing separating the winners from the losers and it’s the exact mentality that leads to those tales of incredible bravery, like Sam Burgess playing through the pain of a broken jaw.
For most of us, though, that all stops when we pull the jersey off. But not so for Danny Buderus, who is about to prove that he’ll still move mountains for a mate in need.
The Knights legend is about to set off on his second challenge for the Mark Hughes Foundation, once again putting his body on the line to scale Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for brain cancer care and research.
The challenge is also deeply personal for Buderus, with Hughes, who’s currently battling brain cancer, one of his best mates.
In fact, the former NRL star was nervously awaiting news from his friend’s four-month cancer scans when we caught up for the Health Hacker column.
“This will be my second hike for the Mark Hughes Foundation,” Buderus says.
“I jumped on one two years ago to Everest Base Camp and it was just so fulfilling. It’s always a great group of people, and we raise a lot of money for the foundation.
“This hike is about the cancer care nurses. We want to raise enough money to put nurses into the regional areas, like Coffs Harbour, Dubbo and Orange. The impact they have on those areas is amazing.
“Mark is my best mate. He needs a cure, like so many people in Australia need a cure. It’s a hideous disease the community needs to be rid of and that’s why we do it.”
Buderus is six years retired from the brutality of the NRL but his body is still dealing with the damage done during his career.
Ongoing back problems, leading to two separate surgeries last year, means his current training regimen is just a little different to how it used to be.
“I mostly train now to take away any stress and anxiety. We’re down the beach by about 5am, and then we watch the sun come up. I promise you, your whole world changes when you train early in the morning,” he says.
“But now I’ve mixed in some altitude training so I’m ready for this challenge. Kilimanjaro will be a good 1000m higher than we got to on Everest. And even that was high enough, believe me.”
FAST FACTS WITH DANNY BUDERUS...
ON HACKING BACK PAIN
1. Let it breathe
“I’m addicted to a range-of-movement workout, which is between 20 minutes and an hour each day, and at the end of it you meditate,” Buderus says.
“It’s all about opening up the hips and breathing, and I cant get enough of it. I’ve found having looser hips has made my back feel so much better.”
2. It’s all in your mind
“For me, I find stress makes it so much worse,” Buderus says.
“It feels like my body is tightening up. But when I’m feeling good, and I’m meditating, I feel so much better. So I have a couple of routines I do that are all about de-stressing.”
3. Apply yourself
“We generally spend so much time staring down at our phones, which isn’t good for our posture, but phones can also be used for good,” Buderus says.
“My range-of-movement workout, called ROMWOD, comes from an app on my phone and I absolutely love it.”