Running up that hill

| posted on August 24, 2017

#CONFESSION: I am one of those people.

One of those people who signs up for a gym membership, with all the promises of going every day and getting fit and lean for summer, and then proceeds to never go ever.

Except that one time I went for a solid two weeks. That was a good time.

Then I got lazy and ate salt and vinegar chips and let’s be real, motivation is not a thing I have in large amounts.

I am literally motivated by food.

Ask anyone. Literally anyone who knows me.

Chuck a cheeseburger in front of me and I will go and win the presidential election for you.

But fitness?

Yeah no.

I mean, I bought a sports bra; does that count for anything?

Yeah, didn’t think so.

This is a bad pattern of behaviour. I repeat: this is a bad pattern of behaviour!

I did my research, and according to accredited people on the internet, physical inactivity is a primary cause of most chronic diseases.

This includes cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity and osteoporosis.

I don’t know about you, but none of them sound particularly appealing.

I really don’t fancy having thin, brittle bones when I’m 70, nor want to develop diabetes when I am still conquering the world at 40.

I’d like to think I will be one of those grannies everyone is jealous of, because I’m still parading around in heels and waving around a full head of luscious hair when I’m ancient.

Plus, I think my back would be nicer to me if I didn’t sit down all day with average posture and, instead, got out and about on my feet.

As I am sitting here writing to you, the upper half of my back is throbbing, just below my left shoulder blade.

This is due to the fact I have been sitting here for a few hours now.

Oh, the irony.

Giving out fitness advice while I am sitting on my bum with no real plans to attend the gym later.

Well, you know what?

That needs to change.

And we are going to do it together.

Yes, I mean you and I.

You and I, favouring MKR re-runs instead of real runs; snacking on potato chips instead of kale chips; choosing the sugary drink over diet option, because who cares, sleep deprivation is a thing.

We are going to change that.

In my whole two consecutive weeks of fitness many moons ago, I did feel more lively after a workout sesh.

Even if it was just 30 minutes on the tready, the release of endorphins (happy hormones) makes a difference to how you feel.

As always, I will leave you with some advice.

Do make the effort to find some time each day to get active.

Be it standing while on the phone at work, walking to the photocopier instead of wheeling over on your chair, going for a run around the block or joining a fitness class.

I know how daunting it feels, just trying to motivate yourself to walk through the gym doors and walk in front of all those attractive fit people, but hey – they all had to start somewhere.

We all have to start somewhere.

There are plenty of options out there to keep active; you just need to find what works best for you.

You have to find it in yourself to say you know what? I want this.

Let’s work it out.

(Like my pun? Okay, I’ll leave now).