This past weekend Paige over at Run For Berries tagged me in a post called the 50 Shades of Fit. 50 Shades of Fit was started by Kaila over at Healthy Helper. You can follow this link to check out her post!
50 Shades of Fit is such a great series about why you stay fit and what it means to you. I loved her post because it is so true there are so many different reasons to stay fit and exercise. Not to mention the ways people stay fit and the definition of fit.
It is so important to respect everyone out there who incorporates fitness in their life whether you think they are doing to much, to little, or just enough everyone is different and doing what works for you and makes you happy is so important.
That is just a little about what I took away from Kaila’s article! So inspirational! So now I am going to answer some questions about my own life and fit style.
Currently, what does ‘fit’ mean to you in your own life?
‘Fit’ to me is being healthy. Maintaining a healthy weight and body type. Building muscle and strength and properly letting my body take rest periods to heal and repair itself. Fit is also being able to do the things I want to do in life. Things like hiking, running a half marathon, biking to the library, going for walks, and being able to complete my workouts.
Fit in my life right now is also getting stronger. Noticing that I am working hard enough to lift that extra five pounds the next week.
Lastly and most importantly is getting active but in a way that I wake up and can’t wait to partake in. Not dreading my workout or run or class, but being excited. Finishing that workout and feeling on top of the world, even if it is leg day and I can’t walk but still being proud of myself for pushing through it and doing the best that I could.
When did you initially get more interested in incorporating health and fitness into your lifestyle?
Well from the time I was four I was involved in sports. I have always been active from soccer, cross country, track, dance, and gymnastics. I have always loved sports and the competitiveness of them. Although I have always been active I would say the time I became more interested in actually learning about health and fitness was after my sophomore year in college. I decided to quit soccer that summer and the first month I did nothing. Then one day I decided to go running. Running took my interest pretty fast and by October I ran my first half marathon in 1 hour 43 minutes. I was shocked! I didn’t really know what it took. I didn’t really train. I had only ran 8 miles twice in my life. I basically had no idea what I signed myself up for, but after that race I was in love with fitness! I never knew what my body could do if I challenged it. I was so fascinated! I started to try out yoga and different workout videos I found on youtube. Then by May of the following year I tried out my first boot camp, and that is how I was led to lifting. Learning the importance of strength and building muscle. Which leads me to today, where I currently count my macros and lift/run most days with active rest days on the weekend.
What are some of your favorite ways to get moving?
Since I have been able to run outside again, running has to be one of my top ways to get moving. At first I admit I dread it when I walk out the door, but once I get started it is hard for me to decide to stop sometimes! It is just such a rush and a great way to recharge and refuel. I also have a love for lifting. The burn and challenging myself to put on extra weight is exhilarating! Last but not least soccer is my favorite way to get moving. As you noticed I love sports and competing. Soccer is my first love and although now I only get to play indoor soccer, it is the most fun I have all week!
In what ways do you inspire or encourage others to add some sort of fitness to their own lives?
I have encouraged my sister and friends to attend free yoga at LuluLemon with me. I mean what is the harm in it! I let them know that there are a variety of levels from beginners, first timers, to advanced involved so they do not have to be embarrassed about trying something new.
I also always ask my parents if they want to head over to the gym with me while they are home.
My mom and I also like to take walks when the weather gets better outside of course!
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey and exploring what works for them?
Firstly I would tell them to not worry what people think, because chances are they are not paying attention to you in the gym. Don’t get embarrassed if you get on the treadmill and can only run for 5 minutes or on speed 4.0. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t do something, it takes time to build strength and be able to achieve your goals.
If you are afraid to head to the gym try out a class, or a great suggestion is to check out some workouts on youtube. Not only will this help you with the form of exercises but when you have no idea what to do it can give you can idea of some exercises to try out at the gym.
Lastly don’t be afraid to ask for help! People at the gym are nice! They will help you, spot you or show you how to do things, all you have to do is speak up :)
Question: What does fit mean to you? When did your fitness journey begin?