If anyone knows me they know I don’t like to move unnecessarily.
I’m one of those people who’ll stretch as far as possible on my bed without actually getting off my bed to get something on the other side of the room. Which people takes more effort than just getting up, but it’s the principle that counts, right?
Throughout uni I’ve always lived high up – the lowest being the third floor, currently on the fifth – and, well, I just got sick of wanting to collapse on the ground when I’m not even half way up. I’ve taken many rest breaks climbing the stairs, especially after doing my weekly shopping.
I’ve dabbled with running over the last couple of years, but I’d stick to it for a few weeks then give up for three times as long. I thought I’d always be like that, and my fitness would be always be terrible. Actually completing the 5k run on my bucket list was out of the question. But.
I joined the gym.
That is a sentence I never thought I’d write. But here we are. I’ve never had a gym membership before, so I was pretty terrified when I first started going. I was worried about looking like an obvious newbie who didn’t know what they were doing. I felt self-conscious about how I looked. I actually cried down the phone to my boyfriend because I was so upset with how my legs looked.
But I did it anyway. And after the first couple of times I got used to it. No one cares what you’re doing or how you look. No one judges you for not being able to run for longer than five minutes. That’s the main lesson I’ve learnt.
I’ve learnt to just focus on myself. With each gym session and half hour of swimming I can already feel my fitness improving. And I like it. I was actually able to run for ten minutes straight today, which to some people might say sounds ridiculous, but I’m proud of myself.
I’m not trying to lose weight, or drastically alter my body. I just want to be healthy, and make sure I’m taking care of my body like I should be.
So if any of you out there are considering improving your fitness, but haven’t quite made the jump yet, (at risk of sounding like Shia Labeouf) just do it. The only set of eyes judging you are your own, and if you can see yourself improving that’s all that matters.
Here’s to getting fit and healthy for yourself. Because that’s all that matters.
How’re you getting healthier? I’d love some tips!
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