Today I start my #30DayFitnessChallenge – it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, because like most people I sometimes make excuses when it comes to exercise – ‘I’m too busy’ ‘I’m too tired’ and ‘ I just need a night off’ are regular excuses. But I always know that I’ll feel so much better if I do some sort of fitness.
I ‘try’ and go around 4 times a week – mixing it up with cardio, Pilates, HIIT and yoga classes. But it wasn’t always like this. When I first started exercising I was rubbish. Seriously – I only started running as my sister did a 5k and I thought – how hard can that be? Pretty hard it turns out! I would literally run down the road and sweat was dripping off my face and I ached in places I didn’t know I could – it was like I’d turned into an old woman before my time. But after lots of painful training runs I finally finished that first 5K, and, even though I wasn’t a massive fan of running I somehow made myself competitive – forcing my self to run a 10k, and before I knew it a half marathon too.
And what I came to realise was that a lot of it is in the mind, if you’re start telling yourself that you can’t do it then you probably won’t. I also found that it was good for me mentally – it was ‘me’ time. I used it to get over ex boyfriends, sort out work woes and just clear my mind when things got a bit much. Plus it’s that one hour away from modern technology, which is very rare in today’s world – from constantly checking your Facebook updates to all the junk emails you get, it’s time away from real life while you concentrate on ‘you’.
And it seriously is never too late to start – you may be intimated by marathon runners or girls at the gym flashing their abs but it takes time to get there. Or if you’re a gym shirker ( I know, I know it’s so much better so snuggle up at home with weather like this!) then why don’t you get involved in the challenge too? It doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous to start with – a yoga class, a long walk, a fitness class. You just have to do it for 30 days consecutively and share a picture of you getting involved on social every day – either with a tweet, a facebook post or an Instagram picture and #30DayFitnessChallenge
I’ll be blogging and instagramming my adventures but I’d love to know how you get on too – good luck 🙂