Anyone who follows my Instagram (if you don’t you can here) will know that I spent a LOT of time being active. I run on average six times a week and I try to do short workout 5/6 days a week.
But I haven’t always been this active. However I don’t think there has ever been a time when I haven’t be active at all. Both my parents love the outdoors; hillwalking, cycling, running and swimming and we spent a lot of our weekends in the Scottish hills or at swimming lessons.
However, as a teenager I was not particularly active at all. I went through phases of running but only every running 5k’s and I occasionally went on longer walks and climbed Munro’s with my mum- but it’s fair to say it was not a priority for me.
At university I occasionally ran although not regularly and I spent a lot of time hill walking with friends. I also enjoyed long walks listening to podcasts on my IPod (still one of my favourite and relaxing activities) but again being outdoors and staying fit was not a priority for me.
In fact it wasn’t until about 18 months ago that I really started to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. Why? Probably because I realised keeping fit was important for my long term health but also because my Mum had signed herself up for the Rome marathon and I decided I wanted to do it with her. I fell in love with running and as I got fitter I enjoyed it more. Then I started to do core strengthening workouts to aid my running and loved seeing my body change and how my running improved with a stronger body. Now one of my favourite things is to run outdoors.
I have always been active but now I keep fit because I love to run and I love to be outdoors- and keeping my body healthy is a top priority to be able to enjoy all my activities.