23 years ago, I was at my biggest. I had completely given up on my fitness. I was in my early 20’s, enjoying my career, had a fantastic social life, care free and young, and the world was my oyster. But, the thought of going for a long walk seemed too much of a chore. This may be hard to believe, given that I was such an active child and teenager, involved in sports, dance and athletics most of my life. But, I needed a break, and boy! did I take one😏 Yet, I was unhappy with myself. I felt tired all the time, grumpy and unfit. It took a visit to my doctor, after a few years of feeling unwell, to discover that my cholesterol levels were high! I was constantly fatigued. I knew I needed to change my attitude towards my fitness and nutrition, because even the most mundane task seemed impossible.
Sometimes our busy lives take us away from the most essential and important things in life. But, we must take time to invest in ourselves. You cannot play games with your health. Regular physical activity can improve your quality of life and reduce your risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Eventually, I did start working out regularly. I found that passion I always had for running and athletics. I began to look at my nutrition and I realised how happy and healthy fitness made me feel. I set targets and joined a running club. This was the kick start I needed to improve my health.
Sometimes, we do need a break, we do need a change of routine and we also need to re-evaluate our needs and desires. But in so doing, our health should be paramount. Try something new, join a fitness group for support, try swimming, cycling or even a park run. For a change to improve your health and fitness, can be the difference between life and death.
Today, I challenge you to challenge yourself. Discover your inner strength, improve your quality of life. Invest in your health. Don’t compare yourself to others. Work on being a better you.