Cheesy title, I know, but it was either that or, ‘Eat Less and Move More’.
When I was younger I never really bothered with anything to do with health and fitness. I come from a long line of beanpoles and am blessed with an outrageously high metabolism. I could eat what I wanted and never suffer the consequences. But then 3 things happened to change my view on what I was doing with my body and what I was putting into it. First of all my father was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I did a bit of research after his diagnosis and realised that regardless of my actual size, if I carried on eating the way I was then diabetes was probably knocking on my door too. The second thing was that my friends and I challenged ourselves to train for and run a 10K race. The third thing was Christmas. I ate so much on Christmas Day that I bloated like a balloon and felt uncomfortable for 3 whole days. I seriously looked like I was in my second trimester.
Something had to change.
For years I’d always used the cost of gym membership as an excuse for not getting myself fit, but what I’ve discovered this past year is that the actual cost of getting fit is actually very little. All you need is a decent pair of trainers.
The key to my fitness journey had been to make it part of my lifestyle. In the past I’d try exercise for a few months and then give up, but by making a few small changes here and there it’s been possible for me to make that difference between sofa slob to fitness freak (almost).
Getting fit doesn’t have to cost anything. I’m not a good candidate for gym membership. I get bored easily and only one of my children is in full-time education, which makes it difficult to find time to go. I needed quick workouts that I could do from home that were effective. That’s where POPSUGAR Fitness came in handy. Not only does this website have short fitness workouts that you can watch and follow from the comfort of your own home, but it gives great advice on healthy eating and how to avoid injuries too. All for FREE. Yes, it costs nothing, people! There’s even an app you can download to your phone as well, where you can save your favourite workouts so you can even exercise whilst you’re away from home.
Talking of apps, I also downloaded the app, ‘Map My Run’. It too costs nothing and is available for both Apple and Android devices. Fresh air is free, so pounding the pavements works for me.
Although it’s an overall fitness tracker, I mainly use Map My Run to track how fast I’m running (competitive – moi?). It’s also got a cool GPS feature that tracks where you are from another computer, which is good if you’re worried about running on deserted country roads. I used this feature a couple times when I first started running and although it was a little glitchy, it did give me peace of mind. Finally, I changed my diet. this was probably the area that has needed most work. Not only do I have a very sweet tooth, but I’m one of those people who can eat anything at any time (case in point: I used to eat ice cream for breakfast. Fact). I’ve cut down on my sugar intake and have become a bit of a salad fiend. Gone is the Crunchy Nut Cornflakes. and now poached eggs, avocado and smoked salmon are the order of the day. In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, you might have even spied this. Times are indeed a-changin’
So there you have it, I am by no means a fitness and healthy eating guru, but by making these small lifestyle changes I have given myself a better body, more energy and brighter skin. The benefits of living a healthier lifestyle are well documented, but often we lack the motivation to actually get up and do anything about it. The worst thing we can do for ourselves is leave it until it’s too late. Thankfully, my dad has his diabetes under control. He goes to the gym everyday and eats well….and he’s in his seventies! So if that isn’t motivation enough for you, my advice comes to you in the words of a very famous sports brand; JUST DO IT!!
Ps. I’ve just signed up for another 10K race – I guess that makes me a bona fide runner now…eek!