I suppose I am not the only person in the universe who gets a little more motivated every year, especially were fitness in concerned. It’s like you wake up and say yourself I am going to do this, run this long and walk this long from here to there. This also occurs when you have a holiday planned as well. (At the moment my gym is heaving with people trying to get into shape )
Anyway, keeping active does not mean that you have to commit to heavy workouts, intense programmes and run long distances and end up with a stitch within 5 minutes as you feel so unfit. If you want to keep active, for me it as all about balance. I attend the gym, walk as a much as I can if the weather is nice and use the stairs a little more often at the train station. If it is a nice day walk halfway home, or to the next station which is what I do most of the time.
So for anyone who wants to get a little more active, up their energy levels or even just want to change their lifestyle. Just start at the beginning with two steps and see where they take you, who knows where you will end up.
As you have gathered by my recent post I like to keep active, healthy and busy… well anything to keep me from getting bored really.this is one of the reason why I like to go to the gym, keep fit and try and get as much excersice as I can. At the gym I like to mix it up with both cardio and weights, yes weights as I hear a few gasps but I will go into detail about that another day . Anyway because I use the gym reguraly my muscles get tired and fatigue starts to set in. I know in the past after 40 minutes on the cross trainer my calves used to feel a like rock and the next day I would be walking slower than normal.
Despite warming up and down, sometimes it did take a while for me to get going. However, not for long
I was introduced to a supplement called ‘Argi’ and since then it has redcued the feleing of tired muscles and kept my enegery levels up, even after the heaviest of workouts (complete conditioning is one). Argi is a sports drink which helps me keep my energy levels up as it contains L-arginine, which also helps reduce my fatigue due to the vitamins b6, b9 and b12. I was pleasantly surprised after I began drinking it after a few weeks, I didn’t feel the normal tiredness after my workout and in was even able to keep going longer. Now I drink this regularly argi has the added bonus of continuing vitamin d for muscles and c for immune system. Win win for me !
I have even introduced it to my boyfriend who works out at home regularly and loves running, he reaaps the benefits especially after his leg muscles can get tired very quickly after a back injury many years ago.
So I am raising my glass (of water ) to Argi, keeps my going after my workout and doesn’t taste to bad either. ☺
I know we all have days when we winge about our imperfections, what we don’t like and what we would like to change about your bodies. I know I have in the past, which lead me to try every diet fad in the book and eating more and less of something. In my teens and most of my twenties I wanted to be taller, have longer legs , smaller waist, smaller hips and skinnier arms ( you see the long list of wishes I had ). I even used to research what the right weight for my height and what percentage of fat my body should have, it got to the point that I would stress myself out. Despite the fact I was leading an active lifestyle with regular gym visits, classes and walking when I could I felt it wasn’t enough.
However, when I reached my thirties and I finally decided enough was enough ( plus my mum was getting tired of me asking where the scales were ). I was doing the best I could to stay in shape and I was leading a healthy enough life for ME. I attend the gym when I can, keep active by walking as much as possible and eat a balanced diet to suit me and not everyone else. Yes I eat junk food (I crawled at 3 months for food, what can I say ?) sweets, chocolate and drink the occasional cider, but who doesn’t indulge? You are allowed to treat yourself for being who you are, living how you want to live and if it means munching a malteeser bunny on the bus then so be it.
There is one thing that has always stuck in my mind when I was trying to figure it all out, is an ex work colleague who was an anorexic sufferer. One lunch time she mentioned to me how important it was to her to try and eat, especially breakfast. She said she had to make sure ate something as at times she would forget to eat. I remember being sat there thinking about the irony of her telling me to eat properly to aid the body with enough fuel, ‘only silly people skip breakfast she told me . Since then that has always stuck in my mind and I make breakfast the most important meal I can have for the day.
So ladies and gents if you’re reading this, take a deep breath and say to yourself be the best I can be. If you want to change or improve, do it by all means but make sure it is for you and no magazine or anyone else. I hope everyone can find something they like about themselves even if it’s the length of your arm, the colour of your hair or the way your bum looks in your jeans. Whatever it is, treasure and be the best version of yourself. I am now 37 and it has taken me over 20 years to do that ( yes that me is in the picture last year on holiday. It has taken me that same amount of time to let someone take a photo of me in a bikini ) . I know everyone out there can do it .