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Dayna

I have played netball for more than 10 years and over the last few years have developed an interest in running. My interest in running stemmed from wanting to maintain my fitness to a high level in between the netball seasons. I also walk regularly as I have a dog, and I enjoy walking by myself or with other people. Occasionally I will do bush walks or go for bike rides to switch up my physical activity. I also enjoy creating my own workouts that are easy to do at home, these help to maintain strength in all areas of my body.

This combination of activities allows me to maintain a decent level of fitness throughout the whole year. I also find physical activity beneficial to relieving stress, and I find my running increases during periods when I am more prone to stress for example during exams. I like to listen to music, and I find it helps me stay motivated, running gives me more time where I can listen to music while also getting fit at the same time.

I have asthma which can make it hard to breathe during vigorous physical activity. I have found that the fitter I am, the less my asthma affects me, so this also motivates me to be fit. Injuries are an obstacle that I have had to overcome, as a netballer I’ve had my share of ankle, knee and back injuries over the years. I manage my asthma well and make sure to take Ventolin before activity and during if needed. I have found physiotherapy very helpful in dealing with injuries, so they don't get worse and to help speed up recovery time (strapping tape is also very helpful as a preventative measure).

I have found that physically active helps me manage my stress levels. Being active is a good is to stay healthy and it helps my asthma become less severe when I am physically fit. Physical activity helps me feel confident in my body, I feel more energized and it encourages better sleep quality. I feel more agile and flexible when I am participating in physical activity and I am able to complete more tasks in a day. Overall regular physical activity makes me more positive and happier.

Someone that I admire and have learnt from is Sarah Stevenson (Sarah's Day). Sarah is a fitness and beauty vlogger who inspires me to exercise regularly in a way that best suits me. I have learnt from Sarah that it is important to exercise in ways that you find work best for you whether that it running, swimming, playing sports, going on bush walks or going to the gym, there is something to suit everyone so get involved. She has shown me that you don't have to stick to one activity and that it is important to switch things up every now and again, so you don't lose interest in maintaining an active lifestyle.

Persistence pays off. The first few weeks of getting active can be a struggle as your body is not used to physical activity yet. It is important to push past this first stage of feeling tired and unfit as your body will quickly get used to exercising and it will get a lot easier. It is a matter of being persistent and not giving up in the initial stages that may seem tough at the time, it will get easier and you will feel so much better when you are fit and healthy. It is also important to find something or someone to motivate you and to constantly remind yourself why you want to be active.

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Our goal is to create a community of women and girls who share their stories and offer advice to support and inspire one another to get active. If you would like to share your physical activity journey, please contact us at info@thisisme.org.nz