I am currently involved in running and walking and I go to the gym. My goal this year was to complete all the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series events and I have only the Kerikeri one left!
I enjoy running and walking because it gets me outdoors and I can meet like-minded people. Entering running events takes me to places that I wouldn’t normally visit. Walking is an activity I can share with my husband and it has taken us on different adventures, such as walking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. The gym provides the strengthening and conditioning that enables me to do the things I want to do, such as to run and walk without injury.
Other than illness and injury, I don’t let anything keep me from being active. Five years ago, I had a horse-riding accident that resulted in a brain injury, whiplash and back injuries. I had been training for the Kerikeri half marathon, so had to put that on hold. It has been my goal to finish what I started, and after a long recovery, I completed my goal at the Whangarei half marathon in September 2019. It has taken me five years to be able to run more than 5kms, without post-run migraines and other head effects.
I have been able to work through any barriers to being active by setting goals and working with my personal trainer. I am pretty determined to keep active. My personal reasons for being physically active are to keep healthy and to still my mind. Running quiets my mind and makes me feel alive, and the gym makes me feel strong. I know what it is like to lose your health, to be unwell and injured and not be able to exercise. Being active amazes me at what my body can achieve, after all I have put it through. It amazes me how it can heal.
One of my role models is Lisa Tamati, because as well as being a runner, she has overcome her own set of challenges through strength, courage, tenacity and resilience. Despite setbacks or challenges, Lisa picks herself up, dusts herself off and keeps going, getting stronger with each challenge. I admire her for that, and I think these are attributes that we have in common.
The main piece of advice I give anyone who is struggling to be active is to start somewhere. The hardest part is starting. Even if it is walking to the letterbox, then the next day walking or running a little bit further, and each day, a little bit further again. It is the little things that you do every day that make a difference. It isn’t going to get easier, but you will get better at it. This is how I got back into running after suffering a brain injury. I started small and built upon it each day, then five years later, I ran a half marathon!
"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"
Catarina"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"Read Story
Courtney"I like getting fit, competing and winning medals. I like to have big strong muscles"Read Story
"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”