When I turned 40 I couldn’t walk even two miles without having to lie down afterwards. Much of my thirties had been wiped out by M.E. and I was in pretty poor shape. I’d accepted that I’d never be fit.
Now, several years later, I train several times a week and fitness has become as much a part of my life as breathing or sleeping. I row competitively. I go to a regular yoga class. Sometimes I do weight training and bootcamp.
Getting fit has opened so many doors for me. It’s given me confidence in my body and what it can do. I’ve tried surfing and scuba diving for the first time. I’ve done jumps in a snow park and galloped over the Welsh hills on horseback. In short, I’ve had a load of fun and started to feel strong and energetic, really for the first time in my life.
And here’s the thing. If I can do it, anybody can. I’m an ordinary forty-something dealing with the same stuff everybody else my age is dealing with: work, housework, kids, parents, bills and illness. Like everybody else my age, I find there aren’t enough hours in the day and life is a series of compromises. And like everybody else my age, I have fat days, grumpy days, hormonal days and days when I’d far rather crawl under a duvet than pull on my trainers.
So welcome to the real world. Whatever your interest or state of fitness – whether you’re exercise-phobic or sports-mad, whether you just want to look at the pictures or really fancy giving fitness a go but don’t know where to start – I’d love you to join me for the ride.
This blog isn’t about the body beautiful – if you’re looking for weight loss tips or a writer who looks like a model, you’ll need to keep looking. It’s about real fitness in the real world, about feeling good about yourself, getting strong, getting healthy and having fun.
If that sounds good to you, come right on in and join the party.