There is so much to love about being active. It has become such a big part of my life. I can't imagine not being active.
I am involved in running, swimming, cycling and a bit of gym work (yoga and strength work which are mostly body weight exercises). I also love events. I am always keeping active to train for the next one.
What I love about these activities is the overall good feeling of being fit and healthy, the post exercise endorphins and the mental health benefits. I also love the great friends I've met along the way, and the challenges of completing various events. There's a great sense of achievement when I complete a tough event. Being active gives me more energy for day to day life... except at the end of a huge weekend, then you'll find me happily tired and on the couch!
These days my biggest challenge to keeping active is finding the time to fit everything in. Endurance sports require a lot of training which has to fit in with work, home life, friends and family, and sleep. In order to overcome these challenges, I try to be as organised as possible. This includes food prepping when I have spare time, cooking extra food so there are leftovers, ordering some meals online (V on Wheels are amazing), planning my weekday training close to home where possible, and occasionally I do have to miss a workout to get enough sleep.
My advice to other woman and girls who are just starting out is to make yourself a basic plan and stick to it. After a while you'll find that being active becomes a habit. Entering events is also a great motivator as you can train for them or even just use them as training. Clubs are also a great way to meet people and enjoy your training. Don't be intimidated! You'll find heaps of people eager to help beginners and there will likely be others in the same place with a similar fitness journey as you.
Having good gear is really useful. Things like comfy running leggings, warm gear for cold days (beanies, ear warmers, thermal tops, gloves), comfy and lightweight waterproof jackets, and comfy packs make training in different weather conditions possible and comfortable.
A woman that I admire is my friend Sue Meltzer. She began running in her 50’s, and she's now in her 60’s and travelling around the world running marathons. Sue regularly places in her age group and has such a great attitude. She shows everyone that we can be fit and healthy and achieve our dreams at any age, and that enjoying what you're doing is most important!
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"Going to the gym and being physically active makes me feel alive and motivated"
"The rush you get from being active, and achieving your physical goals, is unmeasurable"
"I love the feeling when you're all sweaty, tired and out of breath because you know you've tried your best and pushed yourself as far as you could"
"I like getting fit, competing and winning medals. I like to have big strong muscles"
"So often as a mum you are doing things for other people, so being physically active makes me feel good in that I’m doing something positive for myself"
"I enjoy the social aspect of being physically active, when it’s not too serious and it’s just about learning new skills or getting out of the house and having fun"
“I don't like sitting around and being bored. I love participating in team sport and putting goals in place to achieve.”
“Never give up, keep pushing even when times are hard, and love yourself. Find your passion and grow because your only competition is yourself”
“Being active is important to me. I want to live a healthy life and movement is a big part of that”
"For me, sport and physical activity has offered me opportunities to make friends for life and memories I will never forget"
"I’m now convinced that I am not in competition with anyone and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks anyway. I know I’m never going to win races but as long as I am trying my best to be a better me than I was yesterday then I am winning at life"
"Not being the one sitting on the sidelines watching and being able to role model how to stay healthy and fit to my children so that they grow up believing being active is a part of everyday life and sharing all these wonderful adventures with them, it makes my heart sing"
“Quite often when you can’t be bothered or you’re feeling sluggish and tired you can surprise yourself on how well you’ll do. Just get out the door, breathe in some fresh air and take some time for YOU, because you deserve to be HAPPY and HEALTHY!”
“Start out with small steps and milestones like walking around the block without stopping, going to that first group fitness class or jumping in the water for the first time in 10 years or so”
“I feel a lot happier when I'm active. A run or a swim will always clear my head”
“You have got to have a positive attitude and just get out there. Keep moving, stay focused, because life is way too short to waste your time not doing what you love to do. Just do it”
“By valuing ME more, I started to recognise myself and all of my qualities. Now I’m proud of who I am”
“I find I am generally a better human being and can give more when I keep active”
“Being active amazes me at what my body can achieve, after all I have put it through. It amazes me how it can heal”
"Find something that you enjoy doing and make the time to do it. You’re not being selfish; you’re looking after yourself. The best time to start is today"
“Running and working out are my antidote to the everyday stresses of life. When I’m not active I find it harder to switch off and view things in perspective. Sweating through activity means I don’t sweat the small things in life”
“Being active makes me feel like I’m using my body for good. It makes me feel powerful, positive, sweaty, glorious, achy in a good way, and hopeful for the future”
“Running is an outlet for me and I feel as though I am in control when it’s just me and my running shoes”
“I was proud that I was determined enough to start from scratch and have had lots of fun playing in local competitions”
"I didn’t want to be the parent that only ever watched my kids run around and kick a ball – I wanted to be a part of what they were doing"
“Happy is a very well-known word but yet can be described in many ways. To me happy means doing the things you love while not being forced to do them. Sport and keeping physically active are my happy place”
“Overall regular physical activity makes me more positive and happier”
“I feel alive and ready for anything”
“Active, healthy lifestyles aren’t defined by how often you run or go to the gym. Exercise can look like what you want it to be and what fits into your life”
"Just by putting your shoes on and getting out there, you’re being active and doing great things for your wellbeing."
"There’s so much reward to be had by overcoming fear and achieving things you never thought you could – so go for it – and link up with other likeminded women along the way."
"Exercise makes me feel incredible! It makes me feel strong capable and grounded."
"...there is more to life than the aesthetic of your body."
"I am so damn proud of what my body and brain can do for me. It brings me so much joy."
"Feeling confident in my own skin, being stronger and fitter than when I was younger."