My Health & Fitness Story

I wanted to write something a little more personal on my blog today. I have hinted that I’m a college student and if you didn’t know already I study Exercise Science. It’s a little self-explanatory, but it mainly discusses how the body responds to exercise and the benefits of physical activity. It’s something I’m absolutely passionate about because physical activity has so many health benefits. I haven’t always been physically active, but I changed my ways and started including exercise into my routine about four years ago, so here’s my story behind how exercise really changed my life.

Growing up, I was a figure skater. I didn’t participate in any sports as I didn’t find something that I was passionate about. In middle school, I remember being embarrassed about having to run the mile. Running is an activity that I have a love/hate relationship as a result. As I moved into high school, I didn’t pay much attention to what I ate. My friends would ask me to go to the gym and I declined. More than likely it was due to intimidation as I can definitely say at that age, my friends were more physically active than I was.

As I was coming to college, I did not want to gain the freshman 15. This is extremely vain and just typing this out makes me cringe. I was dedicated to exercise and I even used some of my graduation money to buy workout clothes.

I started by going to some of the fitness classes my college had to offer. They were fun! I would be sore for three days and it would be hard to walk. It probably wasn’t the best way to get started, but it worked. I started going to classes and my favorite was Turbo Kick. Kickboxing is such a fun workout and I recommend trying it. It was so fun that even though I was tired, I still enjoyed it. At first, I couldn’t get through the entire class. I had to stop and take breaks and wait for my heart rate to come down. Eventually, I was able to go through the entire class and I felt really proud of myself.

I pretty much did only cardio for about two years. In 2014, I decided to lift weights. I wanted to get stronger and once I got more into my major, I learned different techniques. This was slow and steady progress, but I can say that I definitely have gotten stronger not only in my arms but my back and chest. I have also been able to use the bench press something I would not have dreamed of when I entered school.

Exercise changed my life. Ever since adding exercise, I have felt more secure with my own body. I feel sexy, strong, and powerful. Besides that, my stress has been lower. It’s easier to walk up a flight of stairs or even to be on my feet running errands all day. I can carry groceries up to my apartment without my arms burning.

Anyway, to wrap up this post, I just want to say that it’s never too late to start becoming physically active. Physical activity really has a lot of health benefits and it doesn’t have to be done at the gym! It can be a simple walk/bike ride or doing an activity in the comfort of your own home. I really am not trying to over exaggerate but Exercise was life-changing for me.

10 thoughts on “My Health & Fitness Story

  1. I totally feel you. In high school I was much larger and held a lot of hate for my body. Years after I worked to find a me that I liked and still didn’t like it. I loved my body once I was married and saw myself in his eyes. Still, I’ve gained a lot of weight back and I’m working hard to love myself again. And to fit into my awesome tee shirts.

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    • I think the most important thing though is to be accepting of how awesome your body is. The fact that you carried a child!? How awesome is that. Look at your body for how it allows you to move or how you can carry your son as you hold him. Sometimes when I think of how my body allows me to perform activities, my body confidence rises.

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  2. Fitness is definitely important. I used to work my ass off just to be skinny, but at this point I’d like to be healthy and strong πŸ™‚

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  3. Fitness is really important, I agree. I’m not much into it, but I love walking a lot and punching. I’m seriously considering classes of some sorts to keep my stress levels down. Besides, I love feeling strong πŸ˜‰

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  4. I hear you I was put on weight at uni and was really unhappy even though I was doing a dance degree I had such a unhealthy lifestyle. But now I’m a fitness instructor and I love my job. I love seeing participants hit their goals and grow more confident. I’m a big advocate of group exercise I love the support and energy in the class. keep up the great work xx

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