I am a gym member atSnap fitness Te Awamutu where I attend classes, use machines, enjoy the air con and work out with amazing people. I also cycle to gym or other appointments and do a Monday evening run with whoever wishes to join me on the day. I enjoy doing trails by foot and on my mountain bike, both on my own and with family. I am currently regaining strength and fitness following a broken ankle in July and am training for the Generation Women’s Triathlon.
I love doing events because the atmosphere is electric, and everyone is super supportive and encouraging. If there is somewhere to go for hot swim afterwards, I’m there! I also love medals.
My barriers to keeping physically active are that I seem to be prone to getting injured. I have been able to overcome this barrier by working with a physiotherapist and personal trainer to find lots of different exercises to build my all over fitness.I have to listen to my body and find different ways to strengthen it that don’t involve running or jumping all the time.I was pretty big when I started my fitness journey so there were a lot of psychological and physical barriers. I had to choose to chip away at these to get where I am, and every day I keep stepping towards my goal of being a real fit old lady.
My personal reasons for being physically active come from originally thinking that I couldn’t do it, to working on it and then finally realizing that I could do it. Now I don’t want to lose it as I want to be fit and healthy. Being physically 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.
A woman that I admire is Miranda at Heart and Sole. She is so positive and is a wonderful advocate for women of every size and physical ability getting and staying active. I’ve learned from her that there is no one way to look like a runner.
My advice to other women and girls when it comes to getting active is that you CAN do it. Start by picking something fun and consider going with a friend. If you enjoy what you’re doing you’re more likely to continue. If you can’t do star jumps yet, start by stepping them out. If you can’t do burpees yet, just get up and down off the floor. If you can’t run yet, walk. Just start. Eventually your fitness improves and what you once found hard will soon be your warm-up. Soon you’ll be away flying.
I want to champion the This is ME message because I think that everyone should have a buddy who they can share their successes with. No matter how trivial they think others may find it, they should know that if it’s a big deal to them, it’s a big deal to me. The first time I did ten star jumps was a massive day for me.
"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”
"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."