From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved being active. From sports day at primary school to gymnastics classes I was always involved in something. Out with school I was either found out on my bike or running around with friends. My mum enrolled me with a local dance school at a very young age and loved it, until I reached around the age of 7 and I lost all interest when I became scared and anxious of dance exams and so I decided to quit.
When I was in my early teens I had absolutely no intentions of exercising and participating in P.E class at school was a no from me. Although I did enjoy cycling and would go out myself 3 or 4 times a week on various routes in my hometown. I loved listening to my music and having some time to myself for an hour.
When I left school at the age of 16, I started college and before I knew it my exercise was non-existent. Between juggling work, studying and babysitting it seemed impossible. When I passed my driving test this didn’t encourage me to regularly exercise, if anything it made it easier to frequent a drive-thru! I did, however, occasionally try different classes and then a few months would go by and I’d try another.
Myself and my partner decided a few years ago, our New Year’s Resolution was to join the gym. So, we filled the paperwork in, went for our gym induction and that was the last time I stepped foot in the gym. We had nobody there to encourage us.
I decided a few months ago that I needed to make a change to my lifestyle, I wasn’t happy with my body and I knew that nothing would change if I didn’t. I had been chatting to a friend and she had recommended a local fitness instructor that had classes on a few times a week at 6.15am. At first, I thought to myself I’d never be able to drag myself voluntarily out of my bed at that time in the morning to workout. But I have massively surprised myself and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
I work out, I go home and have a shower and head to work feeling energized and ready to start my working day. The thought of going to a class or the gym when I finish work is more of a chore, so I feel having the morning classes before work really benefit me. I understand that working out in the morning isn’t for everyone but I feel a massive difference in my health both mentally and physically. I would urge anyone to find a sport, hobby or fitness class that suits them as it has changed my whole perspective of working out.