How are you all? How’s your September going?
As you may know from reading previous posts (if you are new around here: welcome!) I am really keen on sharing my life experiences with you so we can all share and learn from each others achievements and challenges. Today I want to talk about fitness and motivation in day to day life, as it is somethign I feel very sternly about yet has also been a challenge!
I have never been a big sport person, in fact I detest team sports because of the pressure haha! However over my (admittedly short) lifetime I have done ice-skating, ballet, jazz, swimming, skiing, tennis, and gym training.
From a young age I did swimming lessons, initially so that I would be confident in water (very important in a country surrounded by water!), but as I grew to love it I kept learning, and from about 12-15 I was part of a partially competitive level swim squad. I wouldn’t say that I’m not a competitive person, it’s just that I don’t really enjoy it; I’m all for being ranked on how you did, not compared to others. Swimming as a sport does include that, but as it got more competitive I lost the love a lot. Plus, with other issues going on in my health I wasn’t going often enough, and so I kind of grew out of it.
A month after I turned 15 I joined a local gym with my brother (whom I had done swimming with) and we were paired with a personal trainer. I must admit at first I thought a PT (personal trainer) was really posh, or a bit obsessive, but honestly having a personal trainer has helped so much. I can’t even imagine my fitness programme without one. 😉 Since then I have had another PT, and then moved gyms when she did because I enjoyed training with her so much. After I came back from Germany my brother had joined a gym closer to home, so I moved to said new gym with my PT, which is kind of between school and home for me. 🙂
The words “weight loss” always make me nervous, and I have scrupulously stared clear of anything like that; obviously for some people that’s what they want, but as a teenage girl there were just too many negative connotations for me to get involved in that. Instead, I frame it up as “building strength” by doing things like boxing (love love love), weight lifting, and cardio exercises, focussing on toning my body and building strength. I find it really empowering, and a lot better mentally as I’m not focussing on numbers or size, but on making my body healthy and happy. Working with a PT every two weeks definitely helps me keep on track, motivated and keeps me from getting bored!
I still keep up swimming, but I prefer gym exercise. I think the main thing with fitness is finding somethign that you actually really enjoy and look forward to; exercise should never feel like a chore, and it definitely helps if it is also a hobby, or a social activity, that you look forward. The other thing is eating well (which I will cover in another post) as I feel like for me if I eat well and enough I have the energy to exercise, and vice versa (exercising so I eat well).
I woudl recommend checking out a gym if you haven’t already, even if you associate it with big body-building people who just prance in front of a mirror (which admittedly does happen haha!). It’s definitely had a big impact on my life, and it provides a good amoutn of structure, if that’s what you need.
I would love you to share any tips you have, or anything you have found that has helped you? What do you do for fitness? How do you keep motivated?
Until next time,