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Jo

I am the only girl in my family and grew up with 3 older brothers, so sport was a big part of our weekends. We were a very active family - Mum would have to shuffle between all the kids’ games because Dad was at work, but he’d catch the odd game. Growing up I played netball, basketball and did rowing. I was also a junior rep at cricket and badminton in my youth.

Once I finished high school, my physical activity levels dropped. I went through a period where I worked and went out in the weekends so I didn’t play sport. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become fitter and more conscious of the benefits of being physically active. I’m more aware of healthy choices and that it doesn’t have to cost money to keep fit. Currently, I play netball and I also like to run– I have completed a half marathon, and am keen to eventually do another.

Although I enjoy being physically active, time can be a barrier to me getting out there and moving as much as I would like. I work and study so it can be hard to find the time to fit sport and exercise into my life. And when I do find the time, the motivation to get off my butt can waver after a long day working or studying. I’ve found that trying to be organized helps, as does not being too hard on myself when I can’t fit things in. For example, my running is done when I have time but some days I don’t get up to anything and instead I have a day where I just relax. I think it’s important to adopt this attitude to physical activity. We all know that life can get in the way, so sometimes you just have to embrace it – otherwise you stress yourself out trying to do too much and end up burning out.

I choose to get out there and active to keep fit and healthy and be happy. I get a bit moody if I sit around too much. I’m the type of person who needs to keep doing things to feel energized. Being physically active makes me feel happy and fulfilled, getting to sleep at the end of the day is also easier and I normally have restful sleep if I’ve done some physical activity during the day. I often find that the best way to get active is to get some mates together and do something fun with them that raises the heart rate. There’s so many options these day - backyard cricket, throwing frisbees at the beach – it doesn’t have to be expensive. 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.

My future physical activity goals include maintaining, if not improving my fitness. I’m thinking of doing another half marathon in 2018, so that will be a goal for me in the future when I choose to commit to it, but in the meantime, over summer, I intend to just have fun getting a sweat up a couple of times a week – achieving that I’ll be happy. You don’t have to do much, you’ve just got to be consistent and build from there.

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