The health & fitness industry has never been so popular! These days it seems like we are all spending more time working out, and spending more cash on fancy leggings and healthy cookbooks. We have calorie counting apps, activity trackers, fitness classes, running clubs, etc. Living a healthy, active lifestyle is now easier than ever.
Our increased awareness of health & fitness can of course, have both a positive & a negative effect. Many brands encourage us to question what we are eating & how active we are each day. For example buying food products that are ‘wheat free’ or ‘gluten free’, it is unnecessary to eliminate gluten from your diet if you are not in fact intolerant to gluten.
Often the message of ‘health & fitness’ can be very contradictory. Brands will use language and images to shame women into feeling bad about their bodies or to spend money on products, teas, books & clothes that promise to make us feel & look amazing! Many restrictive diets and extreme exercise regimes, are in fact, the opposite of healthy. As a women, working in the fitness industry, I want to spread a positive message about active living, especially to women!
Personally, I love to move, stretch, run & dance! I always have a workout playlist blasting to motivate me. I believe fitness should as individual as you are. By nature we are all different, we have different likes and dislikes, our bodies are different too. Some people might enjoy running solo, whilst others prefer group fitness or team sports. Fitness is not ‘one size fits all’. You need to find an active lifestyle that is right for you. If you dread going to the gym after work, then don’t go to the gym! Find a fun dance class or go for a swim, find something that you will enjoy and look forward to each day instead.
My son always wants to be outside on his bike, so I put my trainers on in the morning and jog to keep up with him on the way to school. I love going to pilates & yoga classes, but if I’m super busy and I don’t manage to go to a class all week, I will roll out my mat in the loving room instead.
Here are #MySportsPhilosophy golden rules !
- Find a sport that you LOVE!
- Create personalised goals that are realistic and achievable!
- Never compare yourself to someone else! (No amount of spinning is going to give you legs like Karlie Kloss. She’s 6ft 1!!)
- Never under estimate yourself! You’ll be surprised what you can achieve.
- Encourage others! If you find an awesome class or sign up for a run, spread the word and encourage your friends to go with you.
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