Before I start writing this piece about my love of physical activity, I have a confession – I hate sports.
It’s true. At school, I faked notes, twisted ankles and ‘women’s problems’ to get out of P.E. I played Goal Keeper in all team games so I could lean against the net and text my boyfriend. I jumped in front of the dodgeball so I’d be out within 2 minutes. Since leaving school almost 10 years ago, I’ve flailed around half-heartedly at the back of a few aerobics classes, and I’ve giggled my way through an hour or two of street dance, but most of my adult life has been exercise-free. And I liked it.
Last year I noticed the fast metabolism I’d always relied on to keep me in skinny jeans was slowing down. Size 12s were replaced with size 14s. Climbing stairs was tiring. I drove 80 miles a day, ate frozen pizzas and slumped in front of the TV, night after night. It left me feeling sluggish, unhappy and desperate for change. So I got a new job, bought some trainers that weren’t Converse Hi Tops and joined a gym.
I’ve been going to the gym for six months now and I’m still not its biggest fan. I love how I feel after a run, but getting to the end is HARD. I’m still scared of all the weight machines and I sing along to my iPod out loud. But at least I’m doing it. After taking these pictures I went to the gym and ran 5k – not a great distance by any means but man, it felt good.
Running leggings via TK Maxx
Shock Absorber sports bra via lingerieplease.co.uk
Nike trainers via TK Maxx
Bangs inspired me to start running, and the posts she writes about her experiences and challenges are a great source of information for anyone getting into exercise. Her guide to sports bras made me really think about what I wear to run. The two areas that need the most support are your boobs and your feet – a well-fitting sports bra is essential, and your feet take most of the strain so they need looking after. I’m on the look out for some new trainers after experiencing pain in my feet – anyone who runs will tell you this is one thing you don’t want to scrimp on.
I run twice a week and have finally reached the stage where I don’t want to collapse in a sweaty heap after 10 minutes. It’s far from glamorous and after a long day at work/heavy Saturday night it’s often the last thing I want to do, but I do it. And I feel so much better for it.
Are you a runner, or do you prefer other forms of exercise? What are your tips for keeping fit?