WHAT ‘FITNESS’ MEANS TO ME

When Jack Wills* contacted me asking if I wanted to collaborate with them on a fitness post for promotion of their women’s joggers I was so excited as my exercise journey definitely hasn’t been the smoothest and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot. You guys know I love to share everything on here, so lets get cracking hey?

At high school you better believe I was one of those gals who was always last in the 800 metres, and I used to try and convince my friends to fake fall-over with me so we could get out of it. It wasn’t until I was a lot older that I realised exercise is so much more than feeling judged by other women about how high you can jump or how fast you can run. And the one thing it’s definitely not, is a competition.

You don’t like running? Don’t do it. The thought of the gym makes you feel rubbish? Guess what, no-one is forcing you to go.

Finding a way to move your body that makes you feel confident, happy and in control is a game-changer, and there’s so many options out there that I promise there will be something out there for you. Try everything! Yoga, pilates, HITT, swimming. Is there a particular thing you loved when you were little, and is there any way to include that into your weekly routine now? There is no rules when it comes to what exercise you should be doing, let your body lead the way.

And my exercise routine now? Well, it depends on how I’m feeling and more importantly, what my body NEEDS. Some days I can do yoga three days in a row, the next two days I want to chill. I can go to the gym, or if I’m not feeling it I’ll simply leave and try again another day.

It really doesn’t have to be a mine-field, so don’t let it.

 

How do you feel towards fitness, do you think there’s a pressure attached?

 

*this post was sponsored by Jack Wills.

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  • Lee

    I am obsessed with fitness. For me, fitness is a way to express myself, change myself and enjoy myself.

    Lee | http://www.thatbellemakeup.co.uk

  • Such a good post. I am trying to find some fitness that I can build into my days. I used to love going to pilates so I might take that up again! xx

    • I’ve only ever tried a little bit of Pilates but was shocked how effective it was!

  • YESSSS! It’s so important that it’s also helping you mentally!

  • Sini

    I really agree with you! When I was younger, I hated sport because I haven’t found my own way to do it. Now I have found jogging and gym. There is so many ways to move, so why do something which you are not enjoying? I really like your blog and I will stay as a reader!

    • Thanks so much for reading Sini, that’s very kind of you to say 🙂

  • I’m still yet to find an exercise that I really enjoy, but I think you’re so right in that it’s a bit of an ebb and flow and we just have to be flexible enough to go with it. xo

    • Totally! And not beat ourselves up for not doing what other people are doing xxx

  • Lovely post – it’s definitely important to find what works best for you isn’t it, I love walking everywhere especially if I’m with my favourite people and there’s promise of a hot chocolate at the end haha! I would honestly love to try out more/different exercises thought, thats a goal I have this year
    Madi x
    madiwilliams.com

    • Walking is such a good one! I always forget how tired I am afterwards! xx

  • Shannon

    Great post! It’s definitely so much easier and rewarding when you find something that you actually enjoy. I’ve been dipping my toes into a few different things- Pilates, studio cycling, yoga- and I’m loving it!

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

    • That sounds great! I really like going on the bike at the gym xx

  • I love your mindset! It’s very important to find an activity or a gym routine you genuinely enjoy to make it as sustainable as possible, and be flexible in accordance with how you are feeling. xx

    maria | http://whatismaria.com

    • Totally! I try not to push my body too hard when I’m not feeling it xx

  • Amy Eade

    This is definitely a very healthy mindset! I need to get back into more exercise this month, I love swimming and running but haven’t done either for ages!
    Amy xx
    callmeamy.co.uk

  • I started out with running but realised that is totally not for me! I hate running so I am trying to find a good cardio substitute… I enjoy pilates because it helps me stretch out loads!

    Cherie ✿ delicately.xyz

  • Love this post! Its so fab to be in a healthy mindset

    http://www.petiteelliee.com

    Ellie xx

  • Loved this post, I completely agree, there is a form of exercise out there for everyone xx

  • I go at least 5 times a week but not because of this ‘trend’ to go but rather to keep myself happy. Also, I’ve spent 5 years of building muscle and it would be a pity if it all goes to waste. However, I sometimes really push myself to go when I don’t want to and that’s my problem – I don’t really enjoy it at those days.

    Mariya
    http://www.brunetteondemand.com

    • Could you try doing something different? It might bring back some inspiration! x

  • Aoife Scott

    I definitely feel like there’s this pressure to push yourself really hard at the gym but after doing that in the past I have a much healthier view to fitness now. I check in with my body and consider wether I am up for doing a really intense work out, burpee bootcamp style or if I’d prefer a swim in the pool followed by relaxing in the sauna. Either way I look at doing it more for my health and wellbeing rather than trying to look a certain way. Everyone is on their own journey and we should honour ours too!